Going green at Wimpole
Our energy work is an important part of being a responsible conservation organisation with an energy strategy committed the Trust to meeting 50% of our energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.
As part of the National Trust's Renewable Energy Investment Programme, Wimpole is looking at various ways we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Between them, Wimpole Hall and the Old Rectory Restaurant consumed around 35,000 litres of oil each year, the need for which we sought to remove through the installation of a ground source heat pump through boreholes in part of the current car park.
With the removal of this oil-fired system, not only should it reduce the cost of buying all the oil, we should also reduce our carbon emissions.
What has already happend?
Work has been completed on site with trenches dug from the mansion for the pipework; pipework laid and trenches backfilled and with borehole drilling in the car park completed, we just need the grass to grow back.
Some new radiators have been installed in the restaurant and in parts of the mansion, then the system was commissioned as is being monitored.