Category Archives: midlands

Its good to talk – South West visits Croft castle

Things are moving on apace with our Renewable Energy Programme – Plas Newydd Heat Pump system is doing its thing, and performing better than calculated. Hafod Y Porth hydropower system is generating nicely thank you. Stickle Ghyll hydropower is moving … Continue reading

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Boiler built, wood chipped, heating works – Croft Castle is ready for winter.

‘Whatever happened to biomass at Croft Castle?’ I hear you say……’didn’t I see a blog about it way back in 2013?’ Well, I’m glad to say it’s here, it works and now we have the keys. We have a guest … Continue reading

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Stunning places, clever kit, and a day with the auditor

Another varied week in the life of an environmental advisor. I am shortly stepping over Offa’s Dyke into the Welsh suburbs to assist the National Trust Renewable investment programme as heat specialist, and started the week at Upton House with … Continue reading

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Our Voltage Optimisation out performs our expectation!

Posted by Charis Fowler, Environmental Practices Adviser: We installed a Voltage Optimiser (VO) on the main electricity supply at Belton House back in December. The voltage at the property was too high and also fluctuated causing numerous problems. We’ve now … Continue reading

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A great Green Champions Workshop

By Charis Fowler: Yesterday we had another of our Midlands Green Champion Workshops.  I found it great (even if I did arrange it myself!).  We all got together at the Wolseley Sustainable Building Centre at Leamington Spa.  Not only was … Continue reading

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Rain drops keep falling on my head….

By Charis Fowler: On Friday I had a good day out visiting our National Trust holiday cottages on the Gunby Estate in Lincolnshire.  This was an opportunity to identify and make some energy and water savings for these cottages. Whilst … Continue reading

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They even let me help with painting conservation!

Posted by Charis Fowler, Environmental Practices Adviser: There’s been an awful lot of rain in the Derby area over the last few days, which became even heavier yesterday.  The flow over the weir at the Adams bridge was rather impressive, but … Continue reading

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