See a self-installed solar thermal system and rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing at this 40-bed guest house that offers weekly rental to workers in Barrow and Walney Island.
In 2014, the owners had a 12kW solar PV system installed by Lakes Renewables Ltd and they now find their electricity bills have dropped significantly, along with gains from the feed-in tariff.
When the solar panels produce more electric than the building needs it wirelessly switches on the electric immersion heater to the hot-water supply, resulting in a significant reduction (70%) of gas used to heat the water over the summer months.
The owners have also undertaken their own solar-thermal installation supplying a hot-water cylinder. In addition, energy-efficient lighting is used throughout and successful experiments with rainwater butts to feed the toilet cisterns have led to plans to expand the system to the whole property.
Light refreshments will be served so this event is a great opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine while chatting with the owners about their energy-saving installations and experimentation.
There’s more information about the guesthouse on their website:
Directions & Parking
Most satnavs will take you via a longer route than necessary, so it’s best to drive onto Walney Island via Jubilee Bridge, keep in the right-hand lane and take the fourth left onto Mill Lane.
Take the first right after the fire station onto West Shore Road. Take the second right into Eden Avenue. When the road bears around to the left onto Solway Drive, ahead in the distance is a large property on the right-hand side – this is West Point House.
There is ample parking at the property.
There is full wheelchair access to the ground floor.
Green Build Festival 2016
This event is part of the Cumbria Green Build Festival 2016, a week-long programme of activities and visits to green homes, organised by Cumbria Action for Sustainability. Visit the CAfS website for full details: www.cafs.org.uk/events
When & Where
Cumbria Action for Sustainability