|Plas Newydd Country House, Anglesey|
National Trust in Wales Energy Neutral by 2015
Paul Southall, Environment Advisor for the National Trust gave an extremely inspiration talk to members and friends of Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group at their March meeting.
He started by pointing out that the Trust held a wide range of properties, large and small, including villages, pubs, farms, 2 gold mines and 700 miles of the coastline. A lot of the work that they had done could be followed in a domestic, business or corporate setting.
The starting point was monitoring. This included all the cost 'inputs' such as oil, gas, coal, water, sewerage. By careful monitoring excess heating, timers wrongly set, water being paid for that was not used by the Trust became apparent. Sensible systems were then used to make the necessary adjustments which involved all staff and volunteers being aware of any wastage of resources.
Next came the energy efficiency steps lagging pipes, insulating roof spaces and where possible walls, making sure windows fitted (excluding draughts) using shutters and heavy lined curtains. The immense number of light bulbs on Trust properties made it necessary to find a way of replacing the incandescent type with energy efficient ones. For a number of reasons none already on the market were suitable. In conjunction with a Welsh firm (which now employs 3 people) a new type of bulb was created which fulfilled all the necessary criteria. Water harvesting reduces water bills.
The Trust also looked at generating electricity. It was already doing so at some of its sites the water mill at Aberdulais Falls for example. Power from steams and rivers in Snowdonia is being harnessed. Photo voltaic panels generate electricity from the sunlight when the properties are busiest in the summer months. These have been installed at many properties and always in keeping with the setting Llanerchaeron is a great example as they are installed away from the house on both an agricultural building and in a field and contribute 30% of the energy needs for the mansion. All PV panels must be recycleable at the end of their life. Solar panels heat water. Biomass heats properties both large and small as an example Chirk Castle uses wood pellets and a new system is coming on stream at Stackpole. A new development is the use of a marine heat pump due to be installed in the Menai Straits to give heat to Plas Newydd. Wind turbines installed at farms help to make them financially viable.
The aim is to install the right thing at the right place.
All projects have to meet certain criteria. The payback time for energy efficient measure must be within 5 years and renewable energy projects must be within 10 years.
The savings already made are considerable. Currently since 2009 there has been a 49% reduction in energy use. The aim is to be energy neutral by 2015.
As Paul said If we can, you can.
|1st March 2013||Climate Change and a Sustainable Future: A talk by Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales|
|25th January 2013||Waste Not Want Not: A talk by Hywel Gibbs, Pembrokeshire County Council Waste Awareness Officer|
|30th November 2012||Array of Hope: A talk by Paul Carter & Kim Daye from RWE Renewables on The Atlantic Array|
|26th October 2012||The Green Deal: A talk by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy|
|28th September 2012||A Fair Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy on PSEEG's renewable energy project|
|14th September 2012||Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre|
|29th June 2012||The Need for a More Sustainable Future: A talk by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth|
|1st June 2012||Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader|
|11th May 2012||The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen|
|23rd March 2012||Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer|
|24th February 2012||The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager|
|2nd December 2011||Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme|
|4th November 2011||The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.|
|30th September 2011||How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project|
|23rd September 2011||PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre|
|5th August 2011||The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills|
|24th June 2011||The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre|
|27th May 2011||Electric Cars The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|13th May 2011||Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|22nd April 2011||Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock|
|1st April 2011||A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock|
|25th February 2011||Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency|
|14th January 2011||The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy|
|12th November 2010||How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming|
|15th October 2010||Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline|
|10th August 2010||The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels|
|18th June 2010||Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth|
|16th April 2010||Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People|
|12th March 2010||Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife|
|12th February 2010||Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot|
|15th January 2010||Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy|
|4th December 2009||Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire|
|13th November 2009||Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example|
|16th October 2009||Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines|
|2nd October 2009||A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind|
|11th September 2009||Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire|
|10th July 2009||A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential|
|12th June 2009||St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability|
|24th April 2009||Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire|
|13th March 2009||Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun|
|13th February 2009||Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?|
|14th November 2008||Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG|
|17th October 2008||PSEEG to become a Registered Charity|