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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

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