Can this inventor create the greenest home in Norfolk?

Alan Wright, director of Wrightsolar, holding the shower power booster (grey box) he has designed. P

Alan Wright, director of Wrightsolar, holding the shower power booster (grey box) he has designed. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

It sounds like a bold boast, but a Norfolk inventor has said he is creating the 'greenest' home in the county.

Alan Wright's house in Thorpe St Andrew.

Alan Wright's house in Thorpe St Andrew. - Credit: Archant

Alan Wright, 57, of Howard Close, Thorpe St Andrew, is planning to revamp his entire home in an effort to save energy.

He will also look to make a profit by selling electricity generated in his home back to the National Grid.

Mr Wright, said: 'People have this misconception that to have an eco-friendly home it needs to have lots of hi-tech modern features.

'I am on a mission to banish this stereotype by adapting my home and showing Norfolk homeowners just how much money they can save by helping the environment.


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'I have to do it in a way to produce a beautiful functional house which is suitable for me and my family.'

Mr Wright is looking to build on the success of his Shower Power booster which is used to stop low water pressures and dribbly taps by using a pump which is a tenth of the size of conventional pumps.

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He sold over 2,000 pumps last year, despite being told a year previously that his idea would not work when he appeared on BBC2 show Dragons' Den.

Now he has a list of planned home changes, which he wants to get in place by August this year.

Mr Wright has invented his own solar thermal system, which provides his home with 100pc of its hot water between the months of April and October. It keeps hot water in an energy store which saves three days of hot water for when there is no sunshine, and gives instant hot water at taps without running cold water to waste.

Further developments are also in the pipeline to upgrade his existing rainwater recycling system which he invented in October 2014, which would be used for the toilets and garden water.

Mr Wright, said: 'To make a home fully self sufficient in energy is not the challenge.

'To make a home that generates enough renewable energy so it is not only self sufficient but enables me to make a profit on selling electricity back to the grid, that is the challenge.

'If just one in 50 homes has the facility to store electricity and return this to the grid then it will make such a significant difference in how we live.

'There is lots of work to be done, but the pump sells very well and allows me to continue developing new products, which is ultimately what I love to do.'

Are you revamping your house to make it eco-friendly? Email Kieran.Lynch@archant.co.uk

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