mike_2009 wrote: »
1. Can't answer to this, not something I've knowledge on
2. Price connectivity to the grid. Most houses have an existing connection, would be surprised if not. I'd start there and add renewables later
3. You can retrofit this although you'd ideally need to raise the floor a bit to get insulation underneath the heating element. Do you have height to do this?
3a. Rainwater harvesting - you could do water butts initially, or large above ground units - you can only really use them in the toilet cisterns and in the washing machine (do a 60oC wash x1 / month to clean it out though). The existing piping won't carry this though so you need a parallel system with a small pump / header tank ideally. Can add an underground concrete tank later and pipe this in if it works well. Drinking it requires a LOT of treatment, look at a well instead for that....or mains water? Also likely to be onsite or nearby.
4. Rocket mass stove, uses less wood and gives off a lot of heat into the brick thermal mass for hours afterwards, there are lots of other options too.
5. Windows - uPVC is cheapest, alternative is to add secondary glazing or put bubblewrap on inside of windows with no required view to warm things up a little.
Insulation will be the biggest benefit but making sure you don't adversely change the moisture point between the inside and outside can be tricky and take the best advice you can here tailored to your home. You want to keep warm and keep damp moving to the outside. That maximizes your heating internally.
Consider if you can bulldoze and build new, there are kit houses available that match the local vernacular, just needs planning and it could get you a fantastic house if you can afford it ready to go.
Don't take on too much yourself or plan to learn slowly and take several years to get the property kitted out. Or buy a kitted out extension - you're allowed 40 square meters without planning, get this plumbed and wired for electricity and live out of this and do up the house over time. That or a mobile home....! Best of Luck and hope you have great views!
wexfordman2 wrote: »
With ref to point 3, don't expect your renewable energy source (wind or solar) to provide heating to your house during the winter. The time of year you need the most heat coincides with the time there is least amount of solar. A fully maxed out solar system at the moment might not generate anything, or just a few kwh during December or January days, so you couldn't use that as your sole source of energy for heating.
Dudda wrote: »
It really depends on how old the house is, how long it is since it was lived in and what state it's in. From the very brief description it does kinda sound it would be about the same cost to knock and start over with a new super energy efficient Passive House. Basically buying a site.
looksee wrote: »
Quit with the female bit It doesn't matter, what matters is the best approach to the building. It doesn't matter how female you are, throwing money into a cold damp money pit is not a good idea. Also, you will still, in the 21st century, find people (mostly men) who will try and run rings round you, while being absolutely charming, and mess you about to an extent that they would not try with other men. So don't rely on being helpless, they will still take your money, just more of it. On the other hand you could get lucky and find some real gems (I did, mostly).
So look at the house critically. What condition is it in? Does it have a roof and sound walls? If it does not have an ESB (electric) number - an MPRN - then it most likely has never had power, which means it is pretty old. Has it ever had a septic tank? Does it have a water supply? You need to investigate whether it needs planning permission - it probably does. If it does not have sight lines on the road, if it has dodgy ground conditions for the septic tank, if it is in a flood plain or if it is on less than a quarter of an acre you could have problems. You need the quarter acre to get a septic tank. Are you sure you are not adjacent to a public sewer? If you are not adjacent to a public water supply you will need to have a well dug, and the site may not be suitable usually because of the proximity of septic tanks.
Have you taken possession of the house? You need to employ an architect or engineer to give you real, practical advice.
Kirafrik wrote: »
Thanks also, so you've hit my weak spot, I'm a disaster with DIY but hopeless with Kwh/amps etc ... would you think it would give me enough in the winter months to run the basics? Lights/fridge-freezer/charging electronics??? Is my 'knowledge' of batteries holding some of the charge they've gained during the summer months a complete myth??
ED E wrote: »
ESB won't connect you unless the installation has been certified, this could be a huge job in a building like that. You need to get it assessed by a sparks.