Posted on: 15th January 2022 | Comments: 0 Comments

Former pub chain green manager makes cottage energy efficient

Martin Schwaller, formerly the renewables and sustainability manager of the Mitchells & Butlers pub chain, has demonstrated his commitment to reducing carbon emissions by upgrading the energy efficiency of his retirement home with underfloor heating, solar panels and an air source generator.

Schwaller was responsible for drastically cutting energy bills in the 1,800 pubs that were part of the Mitchells & Butlers chain. He did this by replacing heating systems, using LED low-energy lighting and training the staff on how to save energy. He is now using his specialised knowledge to upgrade his 18th-century retirement cottage in Anglesey, North Wales. In partnership with Vale of Clwyd-based Hafod Renewables, an air source heat pump has been installed, which provides heat for the new underfloor heating system.

Solar panels will be installed soon, with a nine-kilowatt battery to store power until it is needed. When the project has been completed, Schwaller expects the house to be carbon neutral and lower energy bills. According to the Rhyl Journal, Schwaller said:

“This kind of technology is definitely the way forward for all homes. It is future proofing not just for individuals but for the planet as a whole.”

Anglesey has a high average air temperature compared to many parts of the UK. This helps make Schwaller’s energy system super-efficient, and there is plenty of sunlight for the 16 solar panels. In colder parts of Britain, underfloor heating in well-insulated homes also improves their energy efficiency.

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