Shooting school is targeting renewable energy technology
A SHOOTING school in East Yorkshire has fitted a variety of innovative renewable energy systems to help it cut costs and reduce its carbon footprint.
Park Lodge Shooting School and Clay Ground in West Cowick, which is set in 44 acres of open terrain, is making sure it is playing its part in going green and making use of different types of renewable energy systems.
The school is using a ground-source heat pump to provide the building with central heating through an underfloor system and an air-source heat pump, using waste heat in the shooting school's plant room to provide hot water.
The school is also using cold air blown from the heat pump fan to cool the servers in the computer room, therefore not using additional equipment.
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The shooting school's owner, Tom Bayston, has a ground-source heat pump fitted in his own property to reduce the running costs of an oil boiler and minimise his carbon impact, so he was keen to use similar technology at the school.
He said: "I felt confident the ground-source heat pump and the hot water cylinder would be the best products for the job."
Mr Bayston said he chose to head down the green energy route because he thought it was sustainable and it is "morally right in today's society".
He said: "It has worked well for me at home when we had weeks of temperatures minus six and below last year.
"It also reduces our exposure to volatile fuel markets.
"The performance of the system right from the start has been excellent.
"The ground-source heat pump is extremely non- intrusive, both in terms of noise and appearance, and we have had no problems whatsoever with operating it as it is very straightforward to use.
"The same goes for the water heater, which has proved robust and efficient.
"Knowing the system is going to save us so much in both C02 emissions and costly heating bills is the icing on the cake.
"We use the domestic hot-water system (air source), which uses hot air from the plant room to heat the water and the cold air produced by the system to cool the server room. It's a win, win situation."
The new system is also fitted with remote monitoring and has built-in meters, so the team at the school can check how efficiently it is running any time.
Mr Bayston worked with Richard Sharp at R Sharp Heating and Plumbing Ltd, of Goole, on the installation.
In keeping with his green credentials, Mr Bayston has also recently installed solar PV to generate the school's own electric to help power the system.