Wheeldon Trees Farm


Address/venue name: WheeldonTrees Farm
Earl Sterndale
SK17 0AA
Building type: Stone barn converted to holiday homes
Green Technology: Ground source heat pumps, dry-lining insulation, solar PV panels, custom designed draught proofing on doors/frames, flow reducing showers and taps, low energy lighting

Venue details

Name of owners: Deborah and Martin Hofman
Who installed green technology:
  • Retherm Ltd (Trentham)
  • Peak Eco (Earl Sterndale)
  • Brocklehurst Property Maintenance Ltd. (Over Haddon)
  • and others
Why they did it: To save money (through lower electricity bills and through grants available), to improve comfort, and appeal to green market. Deborah and Martin were also motivated by an interest in sustainability
What they did to get approval from National Park for the work: Standard planning applications for solar panels and heat pumps
What were the biggest problems faced: Initial lack of knowledge, co-ordination of contractors, finding a contractor for the heat pump installation who was prepared to take 100% responsibility for quotation
What did it cost, what savings are made: Although difficult to assess because it was part of a major refurbishment project, the feed in tariff for solar PVs generates about £1500 per year, equating to a payback of about 8 years