CASE STUDY: THE SO­LAR-POW­ERED NUNS

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

The 15 nuns who live at the Carmelite Monastery in Lin­ton, near Wetherby, have three so­lar pan­els that help to heat their do­mes­tic hot wa­ter.

Sis­ter Philom­ena says: “We have al­ways been aware of our car­bon foot­print and we are care­ful to re­cy­cle. We were left a bit of money and thought we would use it to put our money where our mouth is.

“One of our monas­ter­ies in London has so­lar hot wa­ter pan­els so they gave us the de­tails of their in­staller.”

So­larwall put three pan­els on the roof and re­placed the monastery’s elec­tric show­ers. “We’ve had the pan­els for a year and we’re de­lighted with them. Al­though it’s dif­fi­cult to say ex­actly how much they have saved us, we have no­ticed a big re­duc­tion in our elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion.”

The nuns are now look­ing into putting elec­tric­ity gen­er­at­ing photo voltaic pan­els on a south fac­ing roof.

“We need a bit more money for that, but it’s some­thing we’re very in­ter­ested in,” says Sis­ter Philom­ena.

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