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Guest house switches on to biomass boiler and cuts carbon emissions by 65%

The house has never been warmer, says owner

The family-run Inverardran House bed and breakfast sits in the north of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Crianlarich, the gateway to the Scottish Highlands.

John and Janice Christie are the proud owners of the seven-bedroom B&B and the separate two-bedroom holiday cottage next door that boast a 75% annual occupancy rate.

They approached Zero Waste Scotland for help in making the properties more energy efficient. At the time, heating in the main house comprised two coal-fired stoves connected to the central heating, while the cottage was heated with two storage heaters and two panel heaters.

Their annual heating bill was £6,700 with more than 40 tonnes of carbon emissions.

The couple were keen to switch to a biomass boiler that would not only save them money but would reduce their carbon emissions significantly.

They took advantage of a telephone audit, which Zero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support Service can offer in place of a site visit where appropriate, and an independent assessment of their existing heating systems estimated that the heating bills could be cut by around £2,700 with their carbon emissions reduced by an impressive 26.7 tonnes a year.

That would be the equivalent emissions from an average car driving two and a half times around the equator.

The report they received recommended installing a 40kW biomass boiler to provide heating and hot water to the main house.

The couple made the investment with the help of a Scottish Government SME Loan, and with a payback period of seven years, they believe it has been money well spent.

John said: 

“The bills have been cut and the house has never been warmer.”

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Our free service for Scottish businesses is funded by the Scottish Government and by the European Regional Development Fund through the £73 million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme. The support provided to this organisation was delivered by Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme, which has been relaunched as Zero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support Service as of 1 April 2020.

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