We currently use wood pellets to heat our house and water
via a wood boiler
but this is costly to run (£250 worth of pellets every three weeks during the winter) and if we have a power-cut (we have had 51 power-cuts during the last 9 months) the system will not work. Carrying in pellets everyday is also heavy work and not good for my back problem. So we have decided to install Geothermal heating and a wood burning stove as back up during power-cuts.
The wood burning stove we have chosen is a MBS Olympus Plus 12kw and has both a small oven and a hob on the top for boiling water.
We are going to place the stove in our living room
and the flue will go through the garage roof and up the outside of the house
Geothermal heating and cooling systems take advantage of the stable temperature underground using a piping system. Water circulates in the piping loop to exchange heat between your home, the ground source heat pump, and the earth, providing geothermal heating, cooling, and hot water at remarkably high efficiencies. In fact, geothermal heating and cooling systems are said to be 400-600% efficient and can cut your heating, cooling, and hot water costs by up to 80%.
We will be drilling straight down in to the ground 200 metres at the back of our house
and then the pipes will go under our house
to where the new pump will be installed. It is very costly, but everyone we know who has this system has recouped their money with 6 years.
Installation is planned at the end of October.