Bedfordshire Ground Source Heat Pump Project - Case Study 4

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 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.

A ground source heat pump was installed with an integral hot water tank in order 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 located in a disused coal storage area next to the kitchen.

The property consumed 13,972 kW hours of electricity in 24 months with the resident saying:

"The house is warm, we've never had a warm bathroom before and now we have plenty of hot water."

"We used to spend £1,000 on coal and that didn't even heat the whole of the house." 

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