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A ground source heat pump
A ground source heat pump
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Environment bosses are calling on more people to consider alternative energy sources.

It comes after a recent study by the Energy Saving Trust found ground source heat pumps are poised to have a significant role in green energy.

The pumps, which use pipes to extract heat from the ground, can be used for radiators, hot water and air conditioning systems.

Dave McGrath, sustainability manager at Blackpool Council said: “Ground source heat pumps are well proven.

“They are very good as long as they are purposely suited for the premises.

“More people should have them.”

The Government has announced a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a one-off grant to help with installation costs of the ground source heat pumps in the form of a voucher for £2,300.

The RHI is the first of its kind in the world and will introduce the energy source in two stages.

The first stage currently encourages ground source heat pumps in industrial, commercial and public premises, while the second stage will focus on domestic environments from 2014.

The Government aims to produce 12 per cent of the UK’s heat from renewable sources by 2020.

The pavilion at Ashton Gardens is already heated by a ground-source heat pump

A Fylde Council spokesman said: “Ground source heat pumps represent very clever thinking, but they are actually very basic technology.

“They use the same principle as a household refrigerator, but reverse the machinery.

“Ground source heat pumps extract heat from an external source and pump it into radiators in buildings.

“It is working very well at the pavilion at Ashton Gardens, it provides adequate heat even in the dead of winter for the under floor heating system.”

St Bede’s High School reduced CO2 emissions by 17 tonnes last year, thanks to the installation of a ground source heat pump.

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