Muppet Philosophy

A very wise friend of mine recently reminded me about Kermit’s musings on himself –  ‘It’s not easy being green’ – but it is a thought that applied equally to our ecological quest just as much as a Muppet’s colour. ‘It’s not easy being green’ resonated with us as we struggle through the information and choices that confront us about which ‘green’ products we need to invest in, especially what type of heating we would like to install in our new home. At the moment I am investigating log-burner central heating systems. We had considered a smaller bio-mass boiler (as we have a 35 KwH ETA boiler at Prospect and we are all very happy with it) but the logistics are just not workable; it would be impossible to site a pellet hopper within 15 metres of the kerb for bulk deliveries and bagged pellets are more expensive and have a greater carbon footprint. The decision is still under discussion and any information you might have about other alternative heating (or the woodkermit_8-burner option) gratefully received.


8 thoughts on “Muppet Philosophy”

    1. Thanks, Meg, as usual wise but wacky ideas — hmmm, on reflection as we are surrounded by a community of horse lovers and therefore many equine beings we shall definitely look into this. Never let it be said that we were not adventurous/curious/foolish!

  1. Wood burner sounds great – a couple of friends have them and they work really well – Ben and Michelle out in France even put ventilation in their ceiling so the rooms above were warmed by the burner in their living room. Apparently don’t use paper bricks too often though – very sooty so you’ll end up having to get your chimney/flue swept all the time. Have you though of a ground source heat pump?

    1. Thanks, Maz, we have considered heat source but we would not have enough garden space – I also doubt if we could get the drilling equipment into the road as the house is in a little cul de sac with a quite restricted entrance. The wood burner could power several radiators and even underfloor heating so we are going to see a guy called Julian Patrick when we are on holiday (he is based in Wales) – see stovefittersmanual as a site. It is really interesting. Keep coming up with ideas and experiences as we now have funds and will definitely be looking to start the renovation over the next few months…

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