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Case Study Going green at Kincardine Castle Kincardine Castle and Estate are ‘going green’, and are working towards reducing consumption and reliance on fossil fuels. In early 2012, owners Andrew and Nicola Bradford completed the installation of a biomass heating system for the castle. The castle is a listed building and the couple have worked hard to find a way to heat the building economically and effectively whilst preserving and improving its structural condition.

The heating system comprises a 133kW wood-chip boiler and a 20kW log boiler producing, in total, a maximum of 153kW. In the 12 months to March 2013 the level of oil consumption used to heat the castle fell from around 23,000 litres to only 317 litres – a staggering reduction of 98.6%. The wood-chips used to fuel the biomass system come from the estate’s woodlands where over 1.4 million trees have been planted in the past 75 years.

Work is also underway to make all the rented properties on the estate more energy efficient. This is an on-going and gradual process, as is the work to use energy saving products, including energy saving lightbulbs.

Ever mindful of the estate’s carbon footprint, a decision was taken in 2010 to use an electric car on site in order to further reduce the reliance upon fossil fuels. It is currently used by one of the estate’s joiners. As the furthest property on the estate is just 3 miles from the estate workshop this is perfectly within the vehicles rather limited 30-35 mile range. Previously the vehicle was used by the Bradfords to travel around the estate, and to deliver orders from their Kincardine Castle Kitchen business to local outlets. Andrew is happy to admit that both he and Nicola had grown rather fond of the van and were rather sorry when it was needed elsewhere when they employed an extra joiner. They were impressed with how easy it was to adjust to running an electric vehicle. “I did explain to someone in church that, when the charge dropped below 50%, I often had some concerns about getting home. As it turns out he was an ex-RAF Lightning pilot and knew all about ‘range anxiety’. The consequences of running out of juice in the van aren’t quite so serious” says Andrew.

In order to continue to work towards a truly ‘green’ future the estate is keen to look to further increase the use of biomass in the estate’s rented properties. Investigations into the viability of other forms of energy generation have been conducted on the estate – particularly into the possibility of using wind and hydro power, although both of these options have been rejected. Solar power and CHP (Combined Heat and Power) remain on the agenda.
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