Wiltshire village too remote for gas
Charles and Claire Fox live in a beautiful 200 year old cottage in the small village of Funton in Wiltshire. Whilst idyllic, the remote location of Funton means there is no mainline gas supply, so villagers need to look to other fuels to heat their homes.
When the ageing oil-fired heating system needed replacing in their 4 bed detached cottage, the couple wanted a system that was more economic to run than their oil system. As an environmentally aware family who recycle wherever possible and insulate their home to preserve energy, they were keen to find a heating system that was more efficient with less impact on the environment.
Unable to use gas, they considered ‘greener’ alternatives to oil, such as wood, solar power and biomass, but all of these seemed to prove either insufficient for their needs or too involved to install, run and maintain.
Replacing their old oil-fired heating system, which had become increasingly inefficient over the 15 years they’d had it, they found Ecodan to be much more efficient and effective to run. Able to get rid of all the old water tanks and pipes in the loft freed up a lot of space and having installed larger, more efficient radiators throughout, their home is now warm enough without the need to boost the heating with log fires, as they previously would have done.
Unlike other residents in the village, the Fox family no longer have to rely on increasingly expensive oil to heat their home and by converting to Ecodan, from their initial heating bill, they estimate an annual saving of £500.
In addition, with Ecodan they enjoy a more even temperature throughout the house. The new system also provides them with copious amounts of hot water - more than enough for even their two teenagers who live in the shower!