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Emissions reduced at stately home

A Derbyshire stately home dating back to late 17th Century claims it has cut its carbon emissions by 80% by switching to a greener boiler system.

Sudbury Hall - which houses the Museum of Childhood - installed bio-mass wood pellet boilers to replace two oil-fired burners a year ago.

They now power all the heating in the main hall and museum.

Property manager Lesley Law said the new system had proved cheaper as well as much cleaner.

She said: "We're paying far less for our wood pellets than we were for oil.

"It's also much cleaner. You do get some smoke coming up occasionally, but you don't get the awful dark grey, black smoke that you get with normal fuel oil."

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