How this rural homeowner ditched his oil tank and switched to 'hot water pipes' to heat his home

Mike Barker in a yellow jumper beside his old oil tank
Mike Barker has now cut off his oil tank (Image credit: Sky News)

A rural homeowner is no longer dependent on his oil boiler to heat his rural property after switching to heating his home with hot water that is piped in instead.

Mike Barker has hooked up his home in the Cambridgeshire village of Swaffham Prior to the district heating scheme, where heat is delivered from a central energy hub to local homes and other buildings through a network of insulated pipes.

Sam Webb

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