Ground source heat pumps use the (solar) heat available in the ground as an energy source to provide heating and hot water.
A ground source system is best suited to a new build property off the mains gas grid, where is can be incorporated into an efficient under floor heating system. The associated pipe work can be placed in a bore hole, but is more normally run in a shallow trench over a broader expanse of land. GSHP systems typically operate at temperatures of around 55°C, hence their suitability for water and under floor heating, low temperature radiators or fan confection heaters.
Ground source heating may also be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive.