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Alliance Parmaceuticals Solar Panels

Can I install solar on a listed building in Chippenham Conservation Area?

So the question is – Can I install Solar Panels on a listed building in the Chippenham conservation area? Updated – April 2024 The answer is, most likely yes, with a few caveats, but you will need to apply for planning permission. In this post I will look at three recent successful planning applications for […]

Protection against fire of battery energy storage systems for use in dwellings

New British Standard for Protection against fire of Battery energy Storage systems for use in dwellings

A new British Standard for the fire safety of home battery storage installations, which came into force on the 31st March 2024, will have significant impact on how and where new home batteries are installed. The new standard PAS 63100:2024 is available as free download from the British Standards Institute. Home Batteries Home Electrical Energy […]

Home Energy Workshop Photo Collage

Home Energy Workshop Videos are now live

Following our first successful Home Energy Workshop at Chippenham Town Hall on Friday 8th March, videos of the workshops are now live on the Zero Chippenham Youtube channel and available on our Energy Efficiency project page. The videos were presented by Elliot Clark of the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Thank you to Wessex Water Community […]

Home Energy Workshop Photo Collage

Can you help us shape our next Home Energy workshop?

We had a fabulous Home Energy Workshop at Chippenham Town Hall earlier this month in association with the Centre for Sustainable Energy. We have funding to run more workshops and would like you to help us shape the next one. If you have the time to fill out our short survey below we’d be very […]

MyEnergi Zappi Charger

Can I charge my car with solar power?

So you have solar panels on your roof and you’re thinking of buying an electric vehicle (ev), can you charge your ev from solar? Well the short answer is yes, but with a few caveats. When you buy your first Electric Vehicle (EV) or Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), it will probably come with […]

Book beginners guide to eco renovation

We now have Four Infra red Thermal Cameras and Retrofit guides free to loan!

Thank you to Chippenham Town Council’s Community Donations Committee for agreeing to fund two new Infra Red Thermal cameras, bringing our total number of cameras to four. The grant application included funding for Eco Renovation guides to help understand the results and next steps after borrowing the thermal Cameras. Our scheme admin Chris wasted no […]

Single Room MVHR

Can Single Room heat recovery and ventilation fix damp, condensation, and mould?

Our house is a 1930s built semi-detached on Langley Road, Chippenham. It has three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, all original 1930s size and layout. The smallest corner bedroom is not much bigger than a cupboard, consequently the only sensible bed layout was a bunk bed arrangement with a desk underneath. Whilst this makes great […]

Alpha Smile B3 Plus 5kWh AC Battery

Installing and living with an AC Battery

With the government announcing that VAT will be zero rated from February on retrofitted household electrical battery storage solutions, it seems an appropriate time to write up my own experience of retrofitting and living with an AC battery in our 1930s Chippenham house. Following an industry wide consultation in 2023 the UK government announced the […]

Air Source Heat Pump Outside

Living with an Air Source Heat Pump

Zero Chippenham member James Bradbury talks about his experience of installing and living with an Air Soured heat pump. James’ house is a 1980s standard Chippenham estate house with two minor extensions. It has cavity wall insulation. Introduction I’ve been seeing a lot of interest online about heat pumps and some confusion about what they […]

Chimney Sheep

Chimney Sheep – a low cost way to stop Chimney Draughts

Like many Chippenham residents our house on Langley Road was built in the 1930s and featured a fireplace in the front room. We hadn’t ever lit a real fire in the fire place, though as we could often hear the pigeons on top of the chimney from the living room, it seemed reasonably safe to […]