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Project Green Energy

One of the most used of our Village amenities, the Village Hall is getting a ?greenover? The Trustees of the Hall decided earlier this year to see how they could reduce the carbon footprint that the Hall is responsible for, a project to be known as ?Project Green Energy?

The first step was to see how we could use less energy, the second was to look to see if the energy needs could be generated through sustainable sources.

Use less energy, to understand where energy usage could be reduced, an organisation called actonenergy was commissioned to undertake an energy efficiency survey on the Hall.  The main findings were that the 20year old Oil central heating boiler was 15-20% inefficient compared to modern boilers and that the loft area required an additional 10in of insulating fibre.

The Village Hall Trustees have now completed the installation of the additional fibre

Also they have agreed to replace the old Oil boiler with a modern Gas fired boiler, which is planned to be installed next spring. To help with the initial cost of making the boiler change Rugby Borough Council has agreed to a grant payment towards the installation cost.

Use Energy from sustainable sources,

The Hall currently uses Oil and electricity and the Trustees are planning to offset the CO2 effect of these energy sources by generating its own energy needs from sustainable sources

 There are several potential technologies available for doing this;-

   Solar Photovoltaics (Solar PV) panels
   Solar Thermal Hot Water
   Wind Turbines
   Heat Pumps
   Automated Wood Pellet Stoves
   Wood Fuelled Boiler Systems
   Micro-hydro Turbines

After some consultation and review it was decided that Solar PV technology best suits the Hall's situation. Panels are planned to be installed on the South facing roof overlooking the Bowling Green, work on this is expected to be next Spring

Clearly as we will still be using Electric and Gas [with the new boiler] so in effect the Hall will be offsetting this by feeding the electricity it generates into the national grid. This is all being completed under a government scheme whereby the national grid will take all of our generated electricity.

This is a very topical subject and it is intended that over the coming months there will be presentations showing the detail of the technology and how it affects us all





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