Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Charity cuts heating bills with eco-boiler

THE Goring Heath Almshouses hopes to save £10,000 a year on heating after installing a biomass boiler.

THE Goring Heath Almshouses hopes to save £10,000 a year on heating after installing a biomass boiler.

The charity, which provides low-cost housing for 17 pensioners, bought the device with a £50,000 Lottery grant.

The boiler burns wood pellets, which are cheaper and more environmentally friendly than heating oil or gas.

The almshouses, which were built in the 1720s and are Grade I listed, were previously heated by seven oil boilers at an annual cost of £25,000.

The charity made up the rest of the £155,000 cost through fund-raising and grants from charitable trusts.It will be able to claim funding through the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, which encourages businesses and charities to use green energy.

It is now installing sheep’s wool roof insulation to reduce the heating bills further.

Trustee Garry Forster said: “We wanted to reduce our carbon footprint and save money by using alternative technology.

“A biomass boiler fitted our requirements perfectly and could be sensitively installed to preserve the building’s integrity.”

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