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Information about our Heat Pump System.  What is special about the new heating system?  The Church has installed a ground source heat pump to heat the main  church building in place of the previous gas boilers. Eight deep boreholes (approx 160m) have been drilled in the church car  park containing pipes in which water circulates to extract heat, which is used to heat the Church building.   Why have you made this change? First, the 30 year old boilers were worn out and needed replacing. Second, we wish to  reduce our carbon footprint. The heat pump system, combined with the use of renewable electricity, will reduce the carbon  dioxide emissions from heating the Church building to zero.   Why is reducing your carbon footprint important? Scientists are confident that the atmosphere is warming because of  man-made emissions of carbon dioxide. This is causing the climate to change, leading to flooding in some places and  drought in others. The impact is being felt most severely by the poorest people and countries in the world. The  international conference in Paris in 2015 agreed that the temperature rise should be limited to 2C, and ideally less, if the  worst effects are to be avoided. In turn the developed countries need to reduce their carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 to  achieve this. This target is accepted by the British Government. In 2011 the Methodist Church accepted a report called  Hope in God’s future. The report accepts the scientific evidence and affirms that as Christians we have a responsibility to  care for God’s earth and all its people. Local churches are urged to play their part and this work will be part of our  contribution.    What is a heat pump? A heat pump works on the same principle as a refrigerator or freezer. A gas in a closed circuit is  repeatedly compressed and allowed to expand. In the compression phase it heats up and in the expansion phase it cools  down. This process is used to transfer heat from the ground to the building even though the ground is colder than the  building. The energy used to transfer heat is typically a quarter to a third of the heat emitted, and as electricity is used as  the power source it can be generated from renewable sources.    Does it work? Heat pumps are proven technology and we have had an experienced installer who has done calculations of  the heat needed as part of the system design. In the first months of operation the system has exceeded our requirements.  We are confident it will meet our needs.
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260 High Road, Loughton, IG10 1RB 020 8502 3071 administrator@loughtonmethodist.org.uk
Information about the Heat Pump  What is special about the new heating system?  The Church  has installed a ground source heat pump to heat the main  church building in place of the previous gas boilers. Eight  deep boreholes (approx 160m) have been drilled in the  church car park containing pipes in which water circulates to  extract heat, which is used to heat the Church building.   Why have you made this change? First, the 30 year old  boilers were worn out and needed replacing. Second, we  wish to reduce our carbon footprint. The heat pump system,  combined with the use of renewable electricity, will reduce  the carbon dioxide emissions from heating the Church  building to zero.   Why is reducing your carbon footprint important?   Scientists are confident that the atmosphere is warming  because of man-made emissions of carbon dioxide. This is  causing the climate to change, leading to flooding in some  places and drought in others. The impact is being felt most  severely by the poorest people and countries in the world.  The international conference in Paris in 2015 agreed that the  temperature rise should be limited to 2C, and ideally less, if  the worst effects are to be avoided. In turn the developed  countries need to reduce their carbon emissions by 80% by  2050 to achieve this. This target is accepted by the British  Government. In 2011 the Methodist Church accepted a report  called Hope in God’s future. The report accepts the scientific  evidence and affirms that as Christians we have a  responsibility to care for God’s earth and all its people. Local  churches are urged to play their part and this work will be  part of our contribution.    What is a heat pump? A heat pump works on the same  principle as a refrigerator or freezer. A gas in a closed circuit  is repeatedly compressed and allowed to expand. In the  compression phase it heats up and in the expansion phase it  cools down. This process is used to transfer heat from the  ground to the building even though the ground is colder than  the building. The energy used to transfer heat is typically a  quarter to a third of the heat emitted, and as electricity is  used as the power source it can be generated from  renewable sources.    Does it work? Heat pumps are proven technology and we  have had an experienced installer who has done calculations  of the heat needed as part of the system design. In the first  months of operation the system has exceeded our  requirements. We are confident it will meet our needs.