Our major achievement in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels has been the installation of a biomass boiler fuelled by woodchip. The boiler has had a major impact on SD. - It has removed 4 oil boilers from the energy programme [science/ICT; clock house; Tick Tock; Dairy Cottage] and around twenty-two electric heaters, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels
- It is carbon neutral in performance i.e. it does not use fossil fuel and therefore does not contribute additional carbon dioxide to the atmosphere
- It is also heating all the new classrooms, the Art building, the After School club/Learning Support building and the new CDT building, all of which were previously heated by electricity
- It produces heat at a cost of 2.44p/KWh compared with about 4.5p for oil and about 6p for electricity at time of installation
- In the first year that it was in use, we used 23631 KWh of electricity less than for the same period the previous year!!