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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted -  15/12/2007  :  07:03
I thought it might be a good thing to have a topic devoted to this important subject.


Stanley Challenger Graham




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Sue
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Posted - 27/07/2008 : 22:25
Tiz I do think Bob may have been on that site, but I will tell him. We already have a conservatory, and I must admit that even in Rochdale we have managed to ekeep a very warm house with double glazing, cavit wall insulation etc. We hav a fairly standard bungalow which we have altered a substantially and as such have few outside walls to the living space. Where the consevatory is, leads into an internal bedroom /Art room and the kitchen. There is no doubt that the heat carries through from there. 

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wendyf
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Posted - 28/07/2008 : 08:42
I took these pictures yesterday to show the wind generator and the views. On a less hazy day you see the Bowland Hills beyond Barlick. (The old IH tractor is a very useful runner, but one of a long list of projects for restoration...)turbine

This one looks the other way over Skipton Old Road, shame its not very clear, Frank the first farm you can (nearly) see if Ninevah.

turbine 2

Edited by - wendyf on 28/07/2008 08:47:59 AM


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moh
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Posted - 28/07/2008 : 09:08
Lucky you!!


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frankwilk
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Posted - 28/07/2008 : 09:20
Thanks Wendy it's nice to see the area my Grandfather was brought up in



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Cathy
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Posted - 28/07/2008 : 09:47
Very lucky you, Smile  Oh! how I'd love to wake up to those views each day.  Thanks for the pic's, I'll save them to my favourites.  


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wendyf
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Posted - 28/07/2008 : 10:57
We are very lucky to have such wonderful views. We first saw the place on an equally beautiful day and just fell for it. As you can imagine there is no problem about getting enough wind to power the turbine..... more often the problem is too much wind. We do spend time lost in the clouds.
I wonder if the families who lived and farmed up here in the past had time to appreciate the views, or if life was a battle against the elements. 

wendy 


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Stanley
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Posted - 21/08/2008 : 10:26
Wendy, for the whole of the thirties and even after WW2 it was posverty farming up there and I don't think they'd have much time to soak in the view.  In the late 50s you could buy any of those farms up there for £50 an acre with the buildings and house thrown in.  I almost bought one below Hawshaw but then Hey Farm came up and I bought that instead.  House and seven acres in the middle of Barlick for £2000 plus £200 ingoings.  Incredible isn't it today.....


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wendyf
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Posted - 21/08/2008 : 11:24
I understand the land round here is selling for between £3000 & £5000 an acre at the moment! We were surprised by how much we got for our money just nine years ago. House, barn, a huge workshop and about 6 acres, all funded by the sale of a cottage and half an acre about 16 miles from Edinburgh.
My neighbour came to the farm in 1953, and I once asked him about it being a tough life... he said it was a wonderful life and they had all they ever needed.
As this topic has reappeared I can report that the solar panel is doing remarkably well despite the horrible weather! We have only had to resort to putting the boiler on a couple of times since it got switched on. Just looking now, with it pretty wet & miserable out there, the outdoor temperature is 16.8c and the temperature at the collector is 38c.  Thats hot enough for most domestic use.

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Stanley
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Posted - 21/08/2008 : 17:26
Glad the panel is doing its job.  I checked the meter today and in the last month I have used 1 unit of gas, about 45pence worth......  I am going to see how far I can get into the heating season with the boiler off.


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Stanley
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Posted - 13/09/2008 : 07:42
Update, boiler is firing for two short bursts a day, morning and evening.  Temperature is about 67F average and I'm used to it now.  I think I'm running as econaomically as is consistent with health and comfort.

Just been listening to a very intelligent lady politician from Haiti talking common sense about the impact of 4 major hurricanes in quick succession.   She highlighted the change in weather in the area and said that the time had come to reconsider urban planning on the island, they couldn't afforf yo keep rebuilding time after time.  I suspect that the same message is getting home to others in the area.  Look at all the American cities which are vulnerable.  And then there's the coastal oil refineries.......


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Tizer
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Posted - 25/09/2008 : 09:51
Yesterday afternoon I ordered loft insulation from the Wickes web site to top up my 150mm by another 150mm layer. At 8.00am this morning a big lorry arrived and dumped 30 rolls at my front door. Also got some of that padded aluminium layer to put on the wall behind the radiators. I've got a busy day ahead!


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Stanley
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Posted - 25/09/2008 : 16:44
I haven't done the comparative figures yet, waiting for the end of the quarter so I can be accurate but I've done a rough calculation and setting thermostat to give 68F in front room (kitchen gets warmed by PC and fridge and cooking) having two short blasts of heating a day and taking the handle off the hot water tap in the kitchen has all combined into a big saving.  Leccy will be up a bit perhaps but we'll see.  House is comfortable, no pain, I do not feel deprived now I have got acclimatised.  I had it too warm before.


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pluggy
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Posted - 25/09/2008 : 19:02
Maybe I should just shoot my teenage daughter to get my energy bills down........  Wink

 She's very good at turning stuff on, not so good at turning it off again. 


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Stanley
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Posted - 26/09/2008 : 06:54
Any savings I make are because I have total control.  Only thing I can think of with teenagers is scrap the bath and fit the sort of taps you see in hotels where you push them down and they give a metered amount of hot water.


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Tizer
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Posted - 26/09/2008 : 09:21
...and fit those light switches with the button that pops back to the off position after a short time! (But remember to carry a torch at all times.)

Got two of my four lofts largely covered with the second layer of insulation yesterday. Now need to do the final two, then fill in all the awkward gaps that I've left until the end. Just as I got to the end of the second loft Mrs T shouted up to ask if I was still alive - then when she got a positive answer shouted "The BBC weather man says it's going to be a mild winter". Well, I could always sell the insulation on Ebay, I suppose.

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