INTRODUCTION: In British home heating bills are a burden on every household through the long, cold winter months.
GV Mr. Hobbs' farmhouse.
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Boiler chimney TO boilerhouse.
SV Mrs Hobbs carrying bale of straw into boilerhouse.
SV Mrs Hobbs placing straw into boiler and closing door. (2 SHOTS)
CU Mr. Hobbs speaking, explaining central heating system.
CU PAN FROM Mrs Hobbs' children TO Mrs Hobbs using hot water at sink. (2 SHOTS)
SV Children playing in centrally heated bedroom.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT) SEQ. 5: HOBBS: "Here we have a 15 hundred gallon tank of water which is being heated by the straw boiler and water is stored at a temperature of about 55 degrees C. in here. From the tank it's pumped through these two pumps into this system of valves, and basically there's one valve controlling the flow of water in each room. Water goes out through these nylon tubes and these are buried in the floor -- of the ground floor -- of the house and in the walls of the bedrooms upstairs. and who we're actually heating the structure of the house rather than having radiators in the usual way."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In British home heating bills are a burden on every household through the long, cold winter months. Conventional fuels like gas, electricity and oil, are expensive, and prices are rising all the time. So Mr. David Hobbs, who lives near the village of Stilton, some 110 kilometres (70 miles) north of London, heats his house with straw.
SYNOPSIS: David Hobbs, and electronic design engineer, and his wife Tricia, wanted to become self-sufficient when they bought their isolated 13-room farmhouse. So in an outhouse Mr. Hobbs installed a boiler in which the burns bales of straw given to him by local farmers.
Mr. Hobbs takes a pride in the workings of his ingenious system.
The system also ensures the Hobbs' two young children, Natasha aged two, and Joseph aged one are kept comfortable and the family is guaranteed a continuous supply of hot running water.