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HOME IMPROVEMENTS ▲

RESTORED
FARMHOUSE:

GROUND
SOURCE

heat pump
This type of property is romantic and
idyllic, but it can be a nightmare to
keep warm. If your location is too
rural to be connected to the national
gas grid, you will need to sort out the
fuel supply for yourself.
This lends itself to more creative,
and potentially environmentally
friendly or economical solutions than
standard central heating systems. 
If you have the funds and land
to invest in a long-term solution,
consider installing a ground-source
heat pump. This consists of digging
trenches to lay a long 'ground loop'
pipe containing water mixed with
antifreeze, which connects to a heat
pump. The longer the pipe, the
more space the system can heat
- and an advantage this has over
IN THE UK, THE
other renewable technologies
PROPORTION OF
such as solar and wind is that
ELECTRICITY FROM
it's hidden, with no need for
RENEWABLES HAS
unsightly panels or turbines.
INCREASED BY 19%
However, you can't build
SINCE 1990.*
over the land. Due to the fact
SEMI-DETACHED SUBURBAN HOUSE:
that the temperature underground
remains relatively stable throughout
the year, the liquid absorbs the heat
and it passes through a compressor
(powered by electricity) to warm it
Homeowners with autonomy can
A chimney fan can make it easier
up sufficiently to heat your property
adapt their heating systems without
to light and control the fire. However,
and water supply.
needing to completely change their
a stove is unlikely to heat an entire
The Energy Saving Trust (energyset-up, as they can beAconnected
the option
property,
just the room it is in.
renewabletoenergy
for smaller
savingtrust.co.uk) says: 'Unlike gas and
gas supply but need not
rely on
If space
an issue, underfloor
homes
is ait.
wood-burning
stove, is
which
oil boilers, heat pumps deliver heat at
Wood-burning stoves
will
appeal to a renaissance
heating may
be the answer. There are
have
undergone
in the
lower temperatures over much longer
traditionalists and thepast
environmentchoices:
a dry (electric) system or
few years becausetwo
they
also look
periods. During the winter they may
conscious, because they're
a renewable
a wet (water)
one.
attractive
and can arguably
add value
need to be on constantly to heat your
energy source - trees to
canyour
be replanted.
The first
is easier to install because
home by impressing
potential
home efficiently and the radiators
Also, having undergone
a recent
it consists of laying mats with
buyers.
won't feel as hot to the touch.'
renaissance in popularity,
stoves
heating
cables winding through them
They
arewill
much cheaper
to install
For this reason, it is very important
impress potential buyers,
add value.heating,
underneath
thansounderfloor
with the laminate flooring or tiles,
to insulate your home well and keep
They're cost-effective
too -itself
a basic
solittle
involves
minimal upheaval.
burner
costing as
as £500heat loss to a minimum.
model starts at £500,600
plusfor
about
A wet
system means installing a
a basic model, plus
around
A ground-source heat pump is
£1,500 to install it. But
you do
need
network of looped pipes through the
£1,500
installation
costs.
not cheap to install, typically costing
a regular supply of wood,
enough
with low-temperature water
You
need a regular sub-floor,
supply of wood
between £13,000-£20,000, but once
storage space to keep and
it dryenough
- and storage space
pipedtothrough
keep it to act in a similar way
up and running, it could virtually
you need a chimney, which
to anot
traditional
radiator. It's a lot of
dry, asentails
damp wood does
burn well.
eliminate your annual heating bills. In
maintenance and an annual
clean.
and the system will still
As well
as this, yourdisruption,
chimney will
fact, a government scheme called the
'This is important,' need
warnssweeping
Trevor annually,
need
to beispowered
by a boiler.
which
an
Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive
McCann, manager of important
Vogue Fireplaces
However,
it will save money in the
but sometimes
overlooked
pays successful applicants a tariff for
(voguefireplaces.co.uk),
'because
run as the pipes do not need to
cost.
Trevor McCann,long
business
using this form of energy production.
blockages caused by creosote,
reach the same high temperatures
managernests
of Vogue Fireplaces,
Visit ofgem.gov.uk for details. >
and twigs are highly flammable.'
as radiators to heat the room.

Going green

WOOD-BURNING stove

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