Sustainable Ways to Make Old Homes Cosy for Winter

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mukti-john-rousLeading home insulation company shortlisted for two environmental awards for landmark work insulating historic village of Clovelly

Includes DEBI Award to be announced on Thursday 24th November

CosyHome Company, a leading specialist in sustainable retrofitting solutions for period properties, has been shortlisted for two environmental awards for its work restoring the iconic heritage village of Clovelly, renowned worldwide as one of the UK’s most picturesque, historic villages.

With Met Office forecasts predicting the UK’s coldest winter for five years, CosyHome Company’s exemplary insulation of all 120 properties in Clovelly provides a timely model for how old homes can be made warm and cosy this winter using cutting-edge, energy saving techniques.

One of two companies shortlisted for the “Home” category of last month’s P.E.A. Awards (People.Environment.Achivement)  – the UK’s leading sustainability awards – CosyHome has also been shortlisted for the “Environmental Champion” category of Devon’s prestigious DEBI Awards (Devon Environmental Business Initiative) which will be hosted at The Met Office in Exeter on Thursday 24th November.

Perched at the edge of a 400 foot cliff in North Devon, Clovelly is famous for its old-world charm and car-free, cobbled streets, where donkeys and sledges are the only form of transport.  The village’s harbour and many of the houses date back to the 14th century.

Mukti Mitchell, Director of CosyHome Company and author of The Guide to Low Carbon Lifestyles, said:

“We are thrilled that CosyHome is being recognised for its groundbreaking insulation work in Clovelly, where I personally lived for nine years and where CosyHome was founded in 2010. John Rous, the owner of the Clovelly estate, wanted to bring Clovelly’s houses up to modern standards of insulation and chose CosyHome having been impressed by the quality of our craftsmanship and our sustainable approach to the individual treatment of properties.

“CosyHome’s insulation of Clovelly represents an excellent model for how old buildings – and even whole villages – can be restored and insulated so they are warm for winter, preserve their beauty and character, save energy and protect the environment, while also reducing heating bills.  In addition, the sustainable insulation techniques employed meet the ‘e-rating’ energy performance standards soon to be legally required by landlords renting out properties.”

CosyHome have just completed Phase One of the Clovelly project applying draft proofing and loft insulation to all 120 properties, as well as room-in-roof insulation to sloping ceilings using thermal laminate boarding.  Now preparing to begin Phase Two, to be rolled out over five years, the company will be fitting CosyHome’s unique secondary glazing system to all the windows in the properties, reducing heat lost through the windows by 70%.

Phase One of the insulation of Clovelly took just over a year to complete and has attracted funds from the government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO), which obliges energy companies to reduce their carbon footprint every year. A useful way to help companies achieve this is to subsidise insulation in people’s homes and claim the carbon reductions.

With demand rising for warmer, energy-saving old homes, CosyHome Company is actively expanding, and has achieved an astounding 73% growth over the last year.  Having opened a Bristol office in 2015 in addition to its head office in Bideford (North Devon), the company is now insulating properties in Oxfordshire and Greater London in addition to Bristol and the South West.

Mukti Mitchell – who once sailed a micro eco yacht around Britain (launched from Clovelly) –is aiming to catalyse an insulation revolution across the UK.

Mukti Mitchell says:  “Insulating all Britain’s homes would reduce the national carbon footprint by 10%. While CosyHome is ambitiously aiming for over 50% growth per year, one company could never insulate even 1% of Britain’s 27 million homes, so we hope other companies will copy our techniques.

“Meantime, with freezing temperatures predicted across the UK in the coming weeks, now is the time to insulate your period home and get it cosy for winter.  And you can do so safe in the knowledge that you’ll also be preserving its beauty, saving energy and money, and helping to avert climate change.”

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