POWER FROM RIGHT UNDER YOUR FEET
Farmer Gerald Carter from Fangfoss, near York, installed ground source heat pumps in his own home, his offices, his mother’s bungalow and in two of his holiday cottages.
Gerald, who also runs Showtime, supplying products for showing livestock, says: “I had planned to get a biomass boiler to replace oil, which was becoming very expensive, but I realised there would big issues with maintenance, so I looked into ground source heat pumps and went on a course to learn about them. It was obvious they would be a good solution.”
Gerald also used Solarwall to help with the installation.
“The pumps run all the heating and the hot water and as they’re on a thermostat, you don’t have to preset the time or switch them on and off. It’s very simple.
“I put the pumps in little buildings next to the properties. They’re about the size of an American fridge freezer.”
He adds: “I was so pleased I put ground source heat in my own farmhouse. It’s trickier as a retro fit, but just means some of the pipework has to be wall mounted and boxed in.
“I also put a pump in my mum’s bungalow and one in the Showtime office.”
He reckons he has saved about 40 per cent on his heating bills and his 88-year-old mum has saved even more.
“She was using tanks of LPG gas, which was costing a fortune – about £200 a month. Her electricity bills for running the pump are only about £80 a quarter, so that’s an enormous difference,” he says.
The cost of the ground source heat pumps were about £8,000 for each property, but Gerald saved money by digging the trenches and laying the pipes himself. “I’m planning to build four more holiday cottages, too, and all of them will run on ground source heat. Nothing else compares with it. Maintenance is minimal, you only have to have the pump serviced every five years.”
For details of Gerald’s fivestar holiday cottages, visit www.bricknellcottages.co.uk