Bedfordshire Ground Source Heat Pump Project - Case Study 3

Property type: 2 bedroom property in a Bedfordshire village location

Product installed: C6 Ground Source Heat Pump

Distribution system: Suitably sized radiator system

Installation date: March 2010

Funding secured: Funding of approximately £3,500 secured by Ice Energy

A housing association with over 16,000 properties in their housing stock approached Ice Energy with whom they had previously worked, to discuss the renewable energy heating options available for a range of properties in a Bedfordshire village.

This property was one of two homes in a run of six and part of an overall retrofit ground source heat pump scheme which took place in March 2010. The scheme was designed to reduce carbon emissions across the housing stock and to provide controllable heating at an affordable cost for mainly low income residents, in order to combat fuel poverty.

Ground source heat pumps were installed with integral hot water tanks to provide all heating and hot water as a replacement for the previous solid fuel heating system. Boreholes were drilled in the side garden in order to access the ground source heat while the heat pump itself was easily located in a disused coal store by the kitchen.

Property 1 consumed 17,879 kW hours of electricity in 24 months with the resident saying "The house is warm, the heat pump has never gone wrong in the two years we've had it and I've got no worries."

Property 2 consumed 6,264 kW hours of electricity in 24 months with the resident saying: "It's been very warm, almost too warm at first but now we've got the temperature set to a comfortable 21°C and it's fantastic." 

Solutions Used

  • C6 Ground Source Heat Pump with boreholes used to extract the ground source heat
  • Matched hot water tank and heat distribution via radiators