Mike Barker hates the large oil tank that occupies the sunniest spot in his garden in the village of Swaffham Prior in Cambridgeshire. He wants to cut his family’s carbon emissions, save money on heating, stop fumes from burning oil and grow vegetables in the plot occupied by the tank. Now his wishes are about to come true thanks to a scheme under which more than 150 homes in the village will never again need to buy oil for heating. Swaffham Prior plans to become the UK’s first village to switch to zero-carbon heating by connecting most homes to a shared network that taps naturally occurring warmth via ground and air source heat pumps.
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