Geothermal pumps 'can help reduce fuel bills'

01 Jun 2010
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pound Geothermal pumps could help homeowners save money on their fuel bills, experts have stated.

According to Geothermal International, many consumers are looking for ways to help the environment and reduce their domestic outgoings.

The organisation believes geothermal pumps allow people to do both, as they give them access to green electricity that does not involve burning fossil fuels.

However, Geothermal International said the take-up of the technology in the UK could be affected by the cancellation of some government grant programmes.

"Without some kind of support, it would be a very difficult sale because it is probably twice the cost of boiler insulation," said spokesman Stewart Purchase.

He added that despite these issues, the costs of installing geothermal pumps are coming down, while knowledge among installers and consumers is increasing.

"Heat pump technology is turning into a mature mainstream market," Mr Purchase said.

The UK government confirmed last week that it would close its Low Carbon Building Programme to all new applicants.

This forms part of a wider strategy to cut department spending by more than £6 billion over the next year.
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