A HEALTH and leisure club are working to cut down their carbon footprint with a state-of-the-art heating system.

Fownhope based Wye Leisure's pools, saunas and steam rooms all require continuous heating, which was previously provided by seven gas boilers.

But a major construction project is now underway to install a high-efficiency Helec combined heat and power system.

Powered by natural gas, sewage gas, or biogas, the system generates electricity while heating water.

Thomas Williams, Wye Leisure Limited director, said: “We had wanted to switch to greener energy solutions for a while.

"The club’s energy bill had historically been around £142,000 per year, and we anticipate the CHP system will save the club between £80,000 and £90,000 per year.

"The boiler redesign alone should reduce gas consumption by 20 percent, and we are planning to eventually replace the boilers with air and ground source heat pumps, phasing out the club’s use of fossil fuels entirely."