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Massive drills in Exeter Road, Ponders End, are plummeting depths of 220 metres to extract naturally stored ground energy sources which will provide an efficient new heating and hot water system to 170 flats on Enfield Council’s Exeter Road Estate.
Enfield Council is the first in England to take this exciting step and over the next few months workmen will be engaged in getting the complex system running.
Sixty bore holes are reaching deep inside the earth so that heat pump systems can be installed and fed with stored ground energy through intricate communal pipework saving each family as much as £500 a year in energy costs.
This is part of the ‘Decent Homes’ improvement programme which over the past few years has focused on kitchens, bathrooms, heating and insulation to all council homes that need modernising and improvement.
This energy efficiency project also contributes to the ‘Enfield 2020’ sustainability programme, which aims to help residents save money on energy bills reducing the risk of fuel poverty.
Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing & Housing Regeneration, said:
“This innovative solution satisfies all our requirements. It provides warmth and hot water at much reduced cost; harnesses a natural heat source reducing our carbon emissions and replaces an old under floor heating system. Each bore hole will supply a source of heating to four flats and our residents will really benefit from a reliable system at a reduced energy cost.” Cllr Oykener, added: “The domestic plumbing work in the blocks and individual flats has been sub-contracted to Enfield based plumbing and heating contractor, Oakray, which means that we have also been able to support a local business and its workers. We expect the new heating system to go live on in late spring this year.”