An animal centre in Sunderland has found a novel way to reduce its cheap energy usage - by capturing body heat from its patients.
According to Journal Live, the PDSA PetAid building is warmed by storing heat emitted by pets, members of staff and electrical equipment
Because of the technology used, a boiler heating system is not required. Instead, a heat pump takes warmth from the outside air and adds it to the captured body heat inside the building.
Solar panels also secure heat from the sun.
Anthony Keith, the architect whose team designed the heating system, told the news source: "When it comes to body heat, the animals do help. It all goes into the mix.
"We can move the heat around and water is also heated as is the floor, because animals lie on the floor," he added.
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