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
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
Thermal Hot Water
Automated Wood Pellet Stoves
Wood Fuelled Boiler Systems
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
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