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22 Oct 2008 05:10:00

Eco-barn to save £70k in ten years

Eco-barn to save £70k in ten years
A thatched barn conversion equipped with a ground source heat pump will save its owners £70,000 in energy costs over a decade, according to its developer.

The Manor Farm Barn conversion, which will have a net electricity and heating cost of zero, will get its heat from pipes installed underground.

Mr Baker told the Daily Telegraph: "Given that energy costs will likely rise by five per cent per annum, I've calculated that it will save £70,000 over a decade."

He has pledged to install a wind turbine and photovoltaic solar panels when the barn is bought, which will counter the energy costs of running the ground source heat pump.

"It costs around £800 in electricity to run the heat pump and a further £700 to run your lights and electric cooker, but you offset this with power generated by the wind turbine and the photo-voltaic panels, which we estimate is worth £1,500," he said.

Last week energy and climate change secretary of state Ed Miliband announced plans to introduce feed-in tariffs – guaranteed premium rates paid to people or organisations which generate renewable electricity that is sold to the grid.

If the building truly is a zero-carbon barn, it will be years ahead of the 1016 deadline after which all new homes will have to be net non-emitters.



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