Firing up the savings at lighthouse cottage

The lighthouse on St Mary's Island, Whitley Bay. Picture by Samantha Hogg
The lighthouse on St Mary's Island, Whitley Bay. Picture by Samantha Hogg

State-of-the-art technology is being used to help an exposed cottage remain warm.

A wood-fired boiler has been installed in the cottage on St Mary’s Island to provide economical and low carbon heating.

The Centre for Green Energy and Opteama Energy stepped in to help the cottage owners by installing the boilers provided by re:heat and using the latest technology from ETA Heiztechnik of Austria.

And officials admitted that it was a challenge to find a solution to install the wood pellet boiler at the cottage, which dates back to the 1860s.

Alistair Marsh, director of the Centre for Green Energy, said: “We’ve put wood-fired boilers into some very remote parts of the north east, but the challenge to deliver a renewable heating solution for the cottage at St Mary’s was one that really got us thinking.

“Not only is the site tricky to get to – it’s cut off by the tide for eight hours a day – but as it’s a small cottage, there’s not much space inside for the boiler.

“It’s fantastic to be working at such a unique site, and we feel that the boiler we’re installing in is the perfect solution to their high heating bills.”

Neil Harrison, of re:heat, said: “The lighthouse at St Mary’s and its surrounding buildings off the north east coast are an absolutely iconic sight, and having grown up in the area, it’s personally pleasing that a wood pellet boiler supplied by re:heat will provide low carbon heating for years to come.”

Cottage owner, James Brown, was prompted to consider a wood-fired boiler by a number of factors, particularly the tripling in price of domestic heating oil over the last decade.