Notcutts' new eco-energy system designed to cut fuel bills

Notcutts' centre in Norwich has a new eco-energy system that is designed to cut fuel bills.

The new camping shop at Notcutts uses a renewable energy heating and cooling system including an "air-to-air" source heat pump.

Renewable energy specialists at Suffolk-based East Green Energy installed the system. Technical director Robbie Gawthrop said: "Air-source heat pumps work like a fridge in reverse-extracting waste heat in the air which is then used to heat water. They use the difference between outdoor air temperatures and indoor air temperatures to heat the premises."

An air-source heat pump can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat than the electrical energy it consumes because a heat pump moves heat rather than converting it from a fuel, like in combustion heating systems, he added.

Notcutts retail property manager Anson Lockwood said: "Installing and utilising newly developed and proven commercial low-carbon technologies, such as the air-to-air source heat pump system, is just one way we can aid the Government's move to a low-carbon economy.

"Besides the environmental benefits of the system there are also economical advantages; a relatively low initial capital investment, low maintenance costs and long product life expectancy."

Last year, East Green Energy installed a new solar heating system in the restaurant of Notcutts' Woodbridge branch, which now provides up to 70% of the kitchen's hot water.

 

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