No more jumpers

No more jumpers

Ed and Cathy's house was draughty and difficult to keep warm, to the point they needed to wear jumpers even when the heating was on. As keen environmentalists with a strong interest in energy conservation and an eye for detail, they made perfect clients  for MMHG.

 

Being semi-detached, we suggested insulating the side and rear of their house externally, including the area that many retrofit installations avoid - down and into the ground level below the Damp Proof Course (DPC). This is a vital area and should always be considered when insulating externally, as leaving it open to the elements is a lot like wearing a dressing gown on a cold night but not putting slippers on.

Newly installed French drain with insulation behind it and down to ground level.

Newly installed French drain with insulation behind it and down to ground level.

MMHG like to view work holistically, so when a drainage issue was highlighted we suggested installing a French drain to ensure the water run-off from the garden was kept away from the rear walls. Our installers are also accomplished builders and have many years of experience in all areas of building work. 

 

Wood Effect PVC Windows

Wood Effect PVC Windows

Judy's life at home and work has been greatly improved by having A-rated, double glazed, wood effect PVC windows installed by MakeMyHomeGreen.

Can you tell which windows are wood and which ones are Wood Effect PVC?

Can you tell which windows are wood and which ones are Wood Effect PVC?

Judy’s flat is in this lovely period building. MakeMyHomeGreen replaced her single glazed wooden sash windows with A-rated, double glazed, wood effect PVC windows. Her neighbour had wooden sash replacements installed by us. Can you tell which of the windows above are wood and which are wood effect PVCs?

The MakeMyHomeGreen service employed by Judy was the supply and install of A-Rated double glazed PVC sliding sash windows. The impact has been:

  • A 10% decrease in energy bill
  • Elimination of cold window draughts
  • Increased security
  • Noise reduction

Like many people living in period properties in London, Judy loved the elegant features of her home including the wooden sliding sash windows. 

Judy's original wooden sash windows before we changed them

Judy's original wooden sash windows before we changed them

 

But she was unhappy with the constant drafts she was experiencing and the security risk of the windows not closing properly, including the main one in her bedroom not closing for five years! Judy was also conscious that she was wasting a lot of energy and money from heat loss through her single glazed windows. With the curtains closed to counter the draughts, her lovely bedroom was always dark.

Judy contacted MakeMyHomeGreen after a recommendation from her neighbour who had previously employed us to provide and install white wooden sash windows. 

MakeMyHomeGreen sent an advisor out to Judy’s house to measure up all her windows and talk with her about her requirements. We then provided Judy with a quote to supply and install new wooden sash windows. We also provided a significantly cheaper quote to replace the windows with white wood effect PVC sash windows. Her previous quote from a national supplier had been three times higher.

Judy's new Wood Effect PVC windows after we changed them

Judy's new Wood Effect PVC windows after we changed them

 

Judy was initially reluctant to consider PVC windows as she associated them with the unattractive white shiny plastic windows she had seen installed in other homes.

But with the aid of a sample window, we were able to show Judy that our wood effect PVC windows are very close in appearance to wooden windows.

Once Judy confirmed her window order, a date for installation was agreed. The windows were then installed by one of MakeMyHomeGreen’s highly qualified, FENSA registered installers, with over 10 years’ experience of fitting windows. A member of the MakeMyHomeGreen team was also present to supervise the installation, ensuring the work was done to Judy’s satisfaction.

 

Judy was so happy with her new windows at home, she convinced her boss to employ MakeMyHomeGreen to replace the windows in her office.

Judy's new window at her office

Judy's new window at her office

Judy found that the temperature control, noise reduction, and the elimination of draughts helps her to enjoy her life at home and at work much more.

Judy has now asked for and received quotations to have two sets of wood effect PVC French windows to be replaced at the back of the flat.

Angeleen and Judy (right) enjoying working in a more comfortable office

Angeleen and Judy (right) enjoying working in a more comfortable office

“I’m really delighted with all my windows. MakeMyHomeGreen were very reasonable compared to other quotes and you can hardly tell they were not the originals. The quality of the wood effect PVC is so good that it is almost impossible to tell that it is indeed not wood until you get right up close to it.  None of my friends realised until I told them.”

 

Paul and Miri's Superhome

Paul and Miri's Superhome

Paul and Miri completely refurbished their home and made it into an energy efficient Superhome. By installing measures outlined in our unique Advanced Home Energy Report (AHER), they have made their home more energy efficient and cut their CO2 by an impressive 76%.

The MakeMyHomeGreen services employed by Paul and Miri were:

  • Project Advice & Consultancy
  • Advanced Home Energy Report
  • Supply and install of wood burning stove
  • Supply and install of roof insulation

 Impact:

  • 45% decrease in heating bills
  • Significantly increased comfort levels
  • 3.5 tons of carbon saved per year
  • Superhome status with 76% reduced CO2 emissions

When Paul and Miri bought their new home, they knew they would need to do a complete refurbishment. Their aim was to create a family home that was comfortable, stylish and energy efficient without spending a fortune. 

 

Paul had heard that MakeMyHomeGreen helped homeowners to understand the current energy performance of their home and provided advice and support to improve it.

MakeMyHomeGreen sent one of our qualified energy assessors to their home to gather data, make a detailed energy assessment of the property and talk to the couple about their plans.

MakeMyHomeGreen used the data collected to produce an AHER, our unique Advanced Home Energy Report. This outlined in detail the most effective energy saving home improvements that Paul & Miri could make and their approximate costs.

“We had our work cut out and limited budgets, so the Advanced Home Energy Report was a great way to prioritise where to target our resources to get the maximum impact in terms of the return”. 

Paul & Miri decided to upgrade to our PAC (Project Advice and Consultancy) service. MakeMyHomeGreen advised on materials and construction methods and ensured that the building work met the specifications in our calculations.

Insulating the loft

MakeMyHomeGreen identified roof insulation as the most effective energy efficiency measure to install. This alone made a massive 38% improvement to the efficiency of the property. 

Paul and Miri initially wanted to make a loft conversion, with insulation at the rafters, but as the project progressed, they decided to change that plan to cut down on costs. MakeMyHomeGreen then provided an alternative, affordable method of insulating the roof, that achieved the same energy savings but still have a useful area for storing some of their belongings.

 

MakeMyHomeGreen have devised a simple, cost effective method of achieving this. The unusual construction of the loft, including an internal sloping roof required a combination of insulation techniques to get the optimum result. On the joists and the internal area of sloping roof, we installed glass wool with formaldehyde-free binder and 60% recycled glass content.

 

For the storage area we installed specialist rigid floor insulation with compressive strength to bear heavy weights. We also insulated the door to the loft. MakeMyHomeGreen’s knowledge of energy efficient and affordable materials was invaluable. Our experienced team of trusted installers were able to carry out the work in just one day with minimal impact on Paul and Miri.

 

Installing the wood burning stove

Paul and Miri wanted to ensure their spacious open plan kitchen and living room was warm and cosy without costing the earth to heat. They decided to get a wood burning stove installed as this had been highlighted in the AHER as an effective way of providing low cost efficient heating. MakeMyHomeGreen provided a specialist HETAS certified heating engineer to supply and install their beautiful new wood burning stove. This measure alone is expected to save 20% on their heating bills. 

“The wood burning stove makes such a difference. It’s like one of the family now." 
“MakeMyHomeGreen were great to work with. Their Advanced Home Energy Report and general advice was really useful and all the work they carried out was to a very high standard and reasonably priced. I’d recommend them to anyone who wants to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of their home.”


Jamie and Dahlia combine style and elegance with energy conservation

Jamie and Dahlia combine style and elegance with energy conservation

Jamie and Dahlia used MakeMyHomeGreen's advice and services when they installed energy saving measures for their refubishment project. 

Jamie and Dahlia bought their new home in Crouch End and made plans to completely refurbish it and build an extension. Their goal was to find out which energy saving measures could be installed in their mid-terrace house for maximum effect.

 

The MakeMyHomeGreen services employed:

  • Advanced Home Energy Report (AHER)
  • Project Advice & Consultancy (PAC)
  • Architect recommendation
  • Supply and install floor insulation
  • Supply and install of energy saving lights

Our Project Advice & Consultancy service, (PAC) provided specification of materials for main contractor & specialist installers. 

MakeMyHomeGreen's unique Advanced Home Energy Report, (AHER) showed floor insulation was the most important measure resulting in a 22% saving on predicted heating costs. Our team took on the job of insulating the original suspended wooden floors with glass wool. 

For the solid floor in the new extension, our specialist team used hempcrete. They took great care to ensure the extension floor was done to the highest standard. 

Hempcrete is cheaper and is superior to regular concrete because it is has much better insulating properties and is breathable.

“Patrick was always happy to explain all our options and guide us through the complex job of insulating our home and reducing our energy bills. Our home is warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer thanks to the help and advice of Patrick and the MakeMyHomeGreen team.”

Impact:

  • 23% decrease in heating and electricity bills
  • 1.84 tonnes of carbon saved per year
  • Significantly increased comfort levels
  • 10% extra living space with new extension

A snug insulated home

A snug insulated home

Insulating the walls of your home makes a huge difference to its energy efficiency and comfort. 

For homes built with solid brick walls, heating the rooms to a comfortable temperature is expensive because 35-40% of the heat is lost through these walls. 

For this particular period home, we advised the owner to use both internal and external insulation. This post shows the internal insulation installation process where a layer of Earthwool with formaldehyde-free, non-itch formula and 60% recycled glass content was applied to the existing wall. 

We often get asked how this extra layer will affect the look of the window frame and sill. As you can see on the close-up picture above, it's hard to notice. 

Once the installation process is complete, it's time to have fun, and refresh the style of the room. This family certainly did a good job at it! What do you think?

MakeMyHomeGreen specialise in both ‘Internal’ and ‘External’ solid wall insulation. We can also help you take advantage of ECO funding available to help people pay for this measure because solid walled properties are what is known as ‘Hard to Treat’ properties. Thankfully, we can make it easy!