Rusper House, Piddlehinton
Rusper House in Piddlehinton is well on the way to complete energy independence. Built in the 1960s as a rectory, but to better than regulation standards of insulation and building practices for its time, this interesting split level property is now undergoing an energy make over to provide it with the potential to operate completely disconnected from the grid.
At the heart of this system is the state of the art solar thermal system provided by Wessex ECOEnergy. The vacuum tube solar collectors and efficient circulatory plumbing for the glycol operating fluid make this system especially good in less than bright sunlight conditions. There is a storage tank to ensure that heat from the system is available 24/7 and a wood burning stove with back boiler to top up the heat in the depths of winter. Fuel for the wood burner comes from a local woodland managed by the property owner.
Electricity is provided by PV panels and it is hoped to eventually provide battery storage along with the upgraded PV inverter necessary to allow operation as a stand-alone system during power cuts and at night. Most PV systems will not operate during a power cut as there can be issues with safety for those working on repairs and realignment with the grid when it comes back on-line but with a little extra investment it is possible for PV to keep your home going when everyone else is without power.
Rusper House, Rectory Road
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