Since 2003 our heating costs and usage have increased considerably and we wanted to not only reduce our costs but also lower our carbon footprint.
In 2013 we looked into purchasing a biomass boiler but due to the high start up costs, it was not viable at the time.
In the summer of 2020 during the pandemic a local guest house was closing down and selling their biomass log boiler. We went to have a look at how it operated and discussed with Athol from AD Heating who originally installed it, the possibility of relocating to our guest house.
In January 2021 Athol and his team installed the 60KW log boiler with 2 x 1800 litre buffer tanks which now provide our heating and hot water with a back up of our oil boiler for emergencies only.
The logs which are supplied by LFS Firewood and Angusbiofuels are seasoned, cut and dried using biomass heat and come from a sustainable source to meet the eligibility requirements for the renewable heat incentive through Ofgem.
We plan in the future to replace some of our electric showers with mains fed to reduce our carbon footprint even further.
With various other steps taken at Craiglea such as recycling, reducing plastic waste etc, we have now applied for our Green Tourism Award. (Award Pending)