Luxury Skegness holiday home champions green energy

By Katie Anderson on May 18th, 2012

Its known for offering holiday makers a touch of luxury, but Ings Barn is a holiday rental in Lincolnshire which provides short stay accommodation with an eco twist.

Located in Burgh Le Marsh in Skegness, this delightful barn conversion – with its heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and private fishing lake – is proud to be carbon neutral. The holiday cottage benefits from the best in renewable energy technologies, thanks to the installation of a ground source heat pump and 8 solar thermal panels.

When it came to the installation of the ground source heat pump, the owners of Ings Barn in rural Lincolnshire turned to locally based renewable energy specialists 4Ward Heating, who installed a 12 kW Danfoss heat pump along with 8 solar thermal flat plate collectors on the roof and a wood burner with a built-in boiler. Together all three technologies are utilised to heat water for the property which is distributed to the underfloor heating system. The ground source heat pump also supplies the holiday lets hot water.

Owner Debbie Ward said she was keen for the property, which began life as a group of disused farm buildings before it was renovated, to be cost effective and have a minimal impact on the environment.

“Another benefit of installing the ground source heat pump is that Ings Barn is proving to be extremely popular with environmentally conscious holidaymakers, who want to take a break somewhere with low carbon emissions,” she added.

Chris Dale, Director of Danfoss Heat Pumps UK says: “Our DHP-H Opti-Pro ground source heat pump is an excellent investment for this spacious barn conversion, where it provides reliable, cost effective space and water heating,” commented director of Danfoss Heat Pumps UK, Chris Dale.

“Ground source heat pumps offer a high level of system efficiency and operate continuously, which means a holiday property such as Ings Barn can be kept at a comfortable temperature all year long, whilst minimising its carbon footprint.”

Heat pumps are an ideal solution for properties like Ings Barn which are not connected to mains gas and for properties with swimming pools it means they can be heated far more cost effectively compared to conventional methods.


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