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Christmas 2021 we spent some time dreaming of a new house on Rightmove. They’ve done an article about the most viewed properties
These are going to become increasingly important as fuel prices rise.
If you’re buying or selling a house then you must provide an EPC. There are some exemptions to this for listed buildings.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed whenever a property is:
You must order an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property to sell or rent.
An EPC has
An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and they are only valid for 10 years.
If you’re not buying a house or selling yours, but want to improve the energy efficiency then there’s lots of useful information out there.
Draught-proofing and improvements to doors and windows should be the first step.
Solar panels or heat pumps are bigger changes to make.
There’s some really good sites out there where people have recorded how they’ve insulated their homes.
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How far away are we from being encouraged to buy houses that only have a high rating on their Energy Performance Certificate?
The Government has already started on this with: Guidance for landlords of domestic private rented property on how to comply with the 2018 ‘Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency’ standard (EPC band E). Reference
Can we search property websites by EPC yet? I’ve not found any method for doing this yet, but please if you do find a way let me know!
Energy costs will continue rising so it’s probably going to be more important to consider how much energy your new house will cost you to run.
Growing Calendar: What To Grow In Your Greenhouse Each Month. A fabulous guide to let you know what you could be sowing each month in your greenhouse!
As I write this I see I should be sowing cauliflowers!
If one of your New Years Resolutions for 2022 is to try your hand at growing your own veg, now is a good time to start planning your patch. Nelly Hall, Brand Director at British greenhouse manufacturer, Alitex, gives her recommendations on what to grow in the greenhouse each month to help you plan for a thriving kitchen-garden, full of fresh and seasonal goodies:
Towards the end of the month, you can think about sowing hardy salads and oriental greens such as mustard greens, pak choi or winter varieties of lettuce.
If you have early sowings of sweet peas or onions, now is a good time to pinch them out and plant them into larger pots.
Make sure any compost used for sowing or potting is brought into the greenhouse to warm up several days before it is used to prevent seeds and young plants being chilled.
You can sow a bit more this month to get a headstart before spring – early carrots, salad leaves and spinach are ideal for early spring picking.
February is also the time to encourage potatoes to sprout before planting – a process known as chitting.
Early spring can bring wide temperature fluctuations that can be a problem – a bright sunny day at the end of the month can result in the greenhouse overheating. Aim to keep the air temperature between 7 and 18°C; this will involve heating the greenhouse at night and also ventilating and damping down during sunny days. Keeping the door and vents open more frequently as the month progresses helps to keep humidity levels down and prevent disease.
Large-seeded, large-leaved vegetables such as cucumbers and courgettes can be planted into their own individual pots and placed in a propagator. In about a month from sowing, the pots can be moved into the main body of the greenhouse for an early July harvest.
Sow a tray thickly with peas for a quick crop of shoots. Keep the tray well-watered and turn it daily to prevent the shoots from turning towards the light. Sow broad beans in cardboard tubes to make planting out easy. Water regularly, and again, turn them so that they grow straight.
April is a busy time in the veg garden, as lots of seeds can be sown this month. Now that the days are longer and warmer, you can start sowing crops such as carrots or peas outside. More tender crops like aubergines and courgettes, still need to be sown under glass.
Sow leek seeds into a deep pot to germinate. Leeks are hardy, but slow growing, so plant them now to harvest in the winter.
Sow runner beans into deep modules and keep them warm and moist. Water every 2-3 days.
By late May most risk of frost has passed, so many seeds can now be sown directly outdoors, but there’s still plenty to plant in the greenhouse.
If you’re new to growing vegetables, beetroot is a good, easy-to-grow option; the seeds don’t need much encouragement to germinate and they require little maintenance once established. Dwarf French beans are also easy to grow and produce a good harvest, but they need warmth to germinate and cannot survive frost. They should be ready to transplant from the greenhouse to the raised bed in 4-6 weeks.
Nothing is better than a buttery corn on the cob in summer. May is the last time to sow sweetcorn, to give them plenty of time to grow and ripen.
Kale will grow well in colder weather, but seeds will need to be started off in the greenhouse in May to be harvested throughout winter.
Peas are one of mice’s favourite snacks, so growing seeds in the greenhouse will offer protection until they shoot. Peas don’t root deeply, so will grow well in newspaper pots or in yoghurt pots with drainage holes added.
Winter lettuces such as ‘May King’, ‘Veneziana’ and ‘Winter Density’ will only actually crop during the winter months if they are kept in the greenhouse. Sow fresh seeds into an old ice cream tub, but separate them later in the month so that the plants have more space to develop.
For a colourful autumn crop, sow some Swiss chard seeds now. Our favourite varieties are ‘Bright Lights’, “Magenta Sunset’ and ‘Rhubarb Chard’.
Tatsoi is an Asian vegetable that’s similar to cabbage, but more delicately flavoured and easier to grow – what’s not to love?! Sowing at this time of year – with the shorter, cooler days beginning – you dramatically reduce the risk of the plants ‘bolting’, which makes the leaves bitter and unpalatable.
Herbs such as basil, dill, chives and parsley can be sown now and grown throughout the winter. Under a cloche, you can grow spring onions that’ll be ready to start harvesting in the spring.
Sowing cauliflowers now will also give you a springtime crop.
November is a great time to plant – and harvest! – some Microgreens. Microgreens are essentially small versions of the mature plant, that are cut as soon as they develop their first pair of leaves that look like that of the adult plant.
They are nutritious and intensely flavoured and can be harvested with scissors, just as you would with cress, in as little as a week. Re-sow regularly to keep supplies topped up all throughout the winter months. Some varieties to try are beetroot, broad beans, coriander, peas, radishes, rocket, spinach and Swiss chard.
If your greenhouse is heated, you can sow heat-loving crops like tomatoes, peppers and chillies. If not, use this month to ensure the greenhouse is clean and tidy, and plan for the year ahead.
Tom Hall, owner and managing director of Alitex, says: “Growing your own produce has huge benefits for both our physical and mental health, and undoubtedly, homegrown veg is always tastier! A greenhouse enables gardeners to extend the seasons and produce good crops of a wide range of vegetables”.