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New county retirement apartments lead the way in renewable energy

A collection of 65 new retirement apartments in the centre of Cheltenham is the first local retirement development to use pioneering, ground source renewable heat pump technology, cutting its CO₂ emissions by as much as 75 per cent and reducing energy bills for apartment owners.

Designed and installed by local sustainable energy company, The Renewable Design Company, the ground source heat pump system at the Lewis Carrol Lodge development by Churchill Retirement Living extracts heat directly from the earth to provide heating and hot water to residents. The heat is four times greater than the energy used by the process, making it the most efficient solution for both cost and carbon emissions.

At Lewis Carroll Lodge, the ground source heat pumps produce 33 tonnes of CO₂ per year to heat residents' apartments and to supply hot water, compared to 134 tonnes of CO₂ per year generated by an electric heating system.

Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk backs the heating solution, as a passionate campaigner for a greener Britain.

He said: "I'm proud to be supporting local renewable initiatives, such as the heating system at Lewis Carroll Lodge for a greener environment and better future. The ground source heat pump they have installed is a great example of sustainable, low carbon, development."

Alastair Murray, managing director at The Renewable Design Company, said: "Investment in low carbon technologies, like heat pumps, is a private investment for a public benefit. Without Alex's support pushing through funding schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive, sustainable installations such as this may not be possible, so we'd like to personally thank Alex for all his support for the industry and Churchill Retirement Living for supporting low carbon heating in their developments."

Spencer McCarthy, chairman & CEO of Churchill Retirement Living, said: "Churchill Retirement Living is committed to installing heat pump technology in all the new apartments we build, and Lewis Carroll Lodge is an excellent example of the benefits this approach can bring.

"Each apartment and all the communal areas at the lodge have heating and hot water provided via the communal ground source heat pump. This means apartment owners benefit from lower running costs, while at the same time ensuring a highly efficient and sustainable system that reduces the development's carbon footprint. It's a win-win."

Apartment owner John Pitt said: "We think it's absolutely marvellous. The whole building is so nice and warm all the time that we've hardly had to use the heating inside our apartment. When we do turn it up a notch or two, it's nice to know we don't have to worry about the cost or the environmental impact, as it's all so energy efficient and covered within our annual service charge."

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