Bedfordshire Ground Source Heat Pump Project - Case Study 2

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 to provide all heating and hot water and was 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 store by the kitchen.

The heat pump has consumed 13,853 kW hours of electricity in the two years since initial installation.

The residents at this property are a couple with young children and are very happy with the heat pump:

"It's a nice warm house and we are now getting used to how the system works."

"The temperature is set to a very comfortable 20°C."

The RSL commented: "We need to ensure the Housing Team know all about these type of heating systems so they can advise new residents on how to get the best results."

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