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Mukti Mitchell wins Environmental Champion DEBI award
Mukti Mitchell, author of The Guide to Low Carbon Lifestyles and Director of CosyHome Company - who famously sailed an eco micro yacht around Britain in 2007 - was announced this year’s ‘Environmental Champion’ at the DEBI Awards (Devon Environmental Business Initiative), which took place at the MET Office in Exeter on Thursday 24th November.
Mukti - whose life mission is to avert climate change – was awarded for his personal commitment to an exemplary low carbon lifestyle over 20 years, and for his work as Director of CosyHome Company – a business offering energy-saving insulation solutions for period homes.
Mukti Mitchell said: “I am delighted to receive the Devon Environmental Champion award for 2016 for my work with CosyHome Company and promoting low carbon lifestyles. The DEBI Awards do great work in celebrating Devon’s many diverse environmental businesses and champions and the award will help us get more attention for our home energy-saving products. This in turn will help more home owners save money and be warmer in their homes which is fantastic for the environment.
“I am very grateful to the whole team of 17 staff at CosyHome who all deserve a part of the award,” Mukti continued, “as well as the many others I work with on environmental projects, especially Darren Hall of www.smart-living.org.uk with whom I am creating an exciting eco living show, set to be the biggest in the South West. Watch this space!”
Mukti first came to public attention when a zero emission micro yacht he designed and built was nominated “Innovative Boat of the Year 2005” at the British Marine Awards. Duly sailing the micro yacht around Britain in 2007, he was endorsed by The Prince of Wales, the Prime Minister and several environmental organisations. His 45 talks and generated media articles and broadcasts along the way extolling the benefits and simple application of low carbon lifestyles reached an audience of 10 million.
It was while undertaking an internship in parliament in 2010, that Mukti was inspired to set up CosyHome Company. Hearing MPs debate how they were going to insulate Britain's old housing stock, he felt called to address the problem of heat loss, energy use and CO2 emissions in Britain's period houses. Realising that insulating all of Britain’s older homes would cut the nation’s carbon footprint by 10%, he committed to spearheading a UK retrofitting revolution, and started CosyHome Company with Paul Dickinson, CEO of The Carbon Disclosure Project, in 2010.
Mukti is also the designer of the online Resurgence Personal Carbon Calculator, widely recognised as as the best on the worldwide web. The calculator is available on the Resurgence magazine website: www.resurgence.org/carboncalculator .
He has been shortlisted for several awards over the years, including the John Hogg Yacht Design Award, a P.E.A. Award, Eco Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovative Boat of the Year 2005 and the James Caan ‘Berti Green Accelerator’ award and won the Chartered Institute of Building’s Sustainability award in 2011. He has given over 200 talks on low carbon living and the art of insulating traditional and period properties.
In its first six and a half years, CosyHome Company (www.cosyhomecompany.co.uk) has insulated 278 properties, installed over £1.6 million worth of insulation and saved over 4800 tons of CO2 emissions. The company is estimated to be collectively saving its customers over £150,000 worth of energy annually. CosyHome has ambitions to open branches nationally and Mukti’s personal ambition is to insulate Buckingham Palace!
New Ways to Make Old Homes Cosy for Winter
Cosyhome shortlisted for two environmental awards for landmark work insulating historic village of Clovelly
Includes DEBI Award to be announced on Thursday 24th November
Leading Devon home insulation company, CosyHome, has been shortlisted for two environmental awards for its work restoring the iconic heritage village of Clovelly, renowned worldwide as one of the UK’s most picturesque, historic villages.
With Met Office forecasts predicting the UK’s coldest winter for five years, CosyHome Company’s exemplary insulation of all 120 properties in Clovelly provides a timely model for how old homes can be made warm and cosy this winter using cutting-edge, energy saving techniques.
One of two companies shortlisted for the “Home” category of last month’s P.E.A. Awards (People.Environment.Achivement) - the UK’s leading sustainability awards – CosyHome has also been shortlisted for the “Environmental Champion” category of Devon’s prestigious DEBI Awards (Devon Environmental Business Initiative) which will be hosted at The Met Office in Exeter on Thursday 24th November.
Perched at the edge of a 400 foot cliff in North Devon, Clovelly is famous for its old-world charm and car-free cobbled streets, where donkeys and sledges are the only form of transport. The village’s harbour and many of the houses date back to the 14th century.
Mukti Mitchell, Director of CosyHome Company, said: “We are thrilled that CosyHome is being recognised for its groundbreaking insulation work in Clovelly, where I personally lived for nine years and where CosyHome was founded in 2010. John Rous, the owner of the Clovelly estate, wanted to bring Clovelly’s houses up to modern standards of insulation and chose CosyHome having been impressed by the quality of our craftsmanship and our approach to the individual treatment of properties.
“CosyHome’s insulation of Clovelly represents an excellent model for how old buildings – and even whole villages - can be restored and insulated so they are warm for winter while preserving their antiquated beauty and character. In addition, the leading-edge sustainable insulation techniques employed save energy, reduce heating bills and meet the “e-rating” energy performance standards soon to be legally required by landlords renting out properties.”
CosyHome have just completed Phase One of the Clovelly project applying draft proofing and loft insulation to all 120 properties, as well as room-in-roof insulation to sloping ceilings using thermal laminate boarding. Now preparing to begin Phase Two, to be rolled out over five years, the company will be fitting CosyHome’s unique secondary glazing system to all the windows in the properties, reducing heat lost through the windows by 70%.
Phase One of the insulation of Clovelly took just over a year to complete and has attracted funds from the government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO), which obliges energy companies to reduce their carbon footprint every year. A useful way to help companies achieve this is to subsidise insulation in people’s homes and claim the carbon reductions.
The Hon. John Rous, Director of the Clovelly Estate Company, whose family have owned the Clovelly Estate since 1738, commissioned the work. The ECO scheme contributes a small proportion of the insulation cost making it more viable for landlords. While listed buildings are not legally required to have an energy performance certificate, the Clovelly Estate Company is aiming to bring the properties up to e-rating which is required by landlords renting out non-listed properties from 1st April 2018. The e-rating will also ensure that winters are much warmer and more comfortable for Clovelly tenants.
With demand rising for warmer, energy-saving old homes, CosyHome Company is actively expanding, and has achieved an astounding 73% growth over the last year. The company is installing new computer systems provided by Lineal of Barnstable, and a company rebrand is currently being devised by Salt Media, also in Barnstable. The CosyHome head office is now busy with a 5-desk office in Caddsdown Industrial Park in Bideford, where the warehouse employs 16 fulltime and part-time staff. Now insulating over 80 properties a year, the company also opened an office in Bristol 14 months ago, and has started insulating properties in Oxfordshire and Greater London in addition to Bristol and the South West.
Author of The Guide to Low Carbon Lifestyles, Mukti Mitchell - who once sailed a micro eco yacht around Britain (launched from Clovelly) –is aiming to catalyse an insulation revolution across the UK.
Mukti Mitchell says: “Insulating all Britain’s homes will reduce the national carbon footprint by 10%. While CosyHome is ambitiously aiming for over 50% growth per year, one company could never insulate even 1% of Britain’s 27 million homes, so we hope other companies will copy our techniques.
“Meantime, with freezing temperatures predicted across the UK in the coming weeks, now is the time to insulate your period home and get it cosy for winter. And you can do so safe in the knowledge that you’ll also be preserving its beauty, saving energy and money, and helping to protect the environment.”
2050 We can Make It
Recent Article By Director Mukti Mitchell in Resurgence Magazine, covering the relevance of insulation and other measures in reducing climate change
Read the full article here.
All Wrapped up for Winter
CosyHome's very own Mukti Mitchell has been featured in a number of online articles and blogs recently including In January's edition of Bristol Property Live. In this article renowned low-carbon lifestyle and energy saving expert Mukti, who now lives in Bristol, shares advice for keeping your period house warm.
While the UK has been enjoying a mild winter so far, the weather will be getting much colder from January to March, so it’s a great time to think about making your home warm and cosy for the winter weeks ahead.
“In the UK, the price of heating fuels has risen 10% a year for the last decade and it now costs over £1,500 to keep our homes warm,” Mitchell reveals. “We pump hot water into our radiators all winter while the heat floods out through the windows, walls and roofs. Twentyseven million homes at £1,500 means that us Brits are spending £40bn a year, heating the planet directly!
“By dramatically reducing fuel bills, home insulation represents a phenomenal investment opportunity. You’d be lucky to get a 5% return on your investment from £5,000 in savings or stocks and shares – but if you reinvest this insulating your home, the money saved on heating can yield a return of 10–25% per year.”
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