Heat pumps

Heat pumps

Electric heat pumps are a form of low carbon technology which could help the UK meet its carbon neutral target and help reduce fuel poverty.

Together with electric vehicles, solar power and wind power, electric heat pumps (HPs) are a form of low carbon technology which could help the UK meet its net zero carbon target and help reduce fuel poverty.

Heating UK homes and businesses currently accounts for around a third of all carbon emissions with more than 80% of properties heated from the mains gas grid.

In March 2019 it was announced that the installation of gas boilers will be banned in all new build domestic properties from 2025 to ensure that new homes lead the way in energy efficiency.

If you are looking to find an alternative way to heat your property, installing a heat pump could provide a long-term, cost-effective solution and significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

Understanding heat pumps

Put simply a heat pump is a device which uses a small amount of electricity to absorb the natural heat from the air or the ground and pump it around the heating system of your property. 

Heat pumps use naturally-occurring heat from the environment, which is a clean and sustainable source of power, so do not produce carbon emissions. The natural heat absorbed from the air or ground is constantly replenished by the sun, unlike most other fuels.

They are an extremely reliable and efficient method of heating, using only a quarter of the electricity used by conventional electric heaters to produce the same amount of heat.

Energy efficiency

Whichever heating method you choose, it’s a good idea to look at other ways to make your property more energy efficient.

Making a few small changes in the way you use energy could save you money and reduce your carbon footprint. These could include turning your appliances off standby mode, turning off lights, turning off computer monitors and switching to a smart meter.

You should also ensure your property is properly insulated to maintain temperature levels. There are many simple yet effective ways to do this, which can significantly reduce heat loss, such as loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, draught proofing and lagging tanks and pipes.

Find out how to become more energy efficient and reduce your energy bills on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Find out more about heat pumps on the Renewable Energy Hub.

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