As with any new(ish) technology there are a few challenges to overcome:
One is infrastructure (like the electric vehicle rollout). There will be more demand on the electricity grid as more people use electric cars and heat pumps. But, the UK and EDF are countering this by investing in and building more renewable energy. Heat pumps and electric cars can store renewable electricity when it's not needed.
Secondly, there is a perception that heat pumps only work when it’s warm outside, but in fact they work all year round.
Finally, there is a higher cost upfront for heat pumps, but in the long term you will pay less for your energy.
The government offers a grant called the Renewable Heat Incentive or RHI to help with the cost of getting a heatpump. Tariffs such as as our own 100% renewable GoElectric Tariff can help make up for the initial cost and help you hit your own #netzerogoals.
If it’s so good, why aren’t more people doing it?
People are becoming more aware of household heating and the environment, but it is early days. The Energy Saving Trust ran a survey in 2019 to heating installers. They asked if customers asked about low carbon heating and 69% said no. But, this is starting to change.
Rethink your energy for the long term
As the UK heads towards Net Zero, energy consumption will need to change. Homes and businesses will need to be as energy efficient as possible. Energy will need to be used and reused as efficiently as possible, without a drop going to waste.
If heat pumps are a step too far for you now, you might want to consider replacing your boiler with a newer model. Newer boilers tend to be around 95% efficient while older boilers are around 60–70%. Or you can switch to a storage heater which is fully electric and so less reliant on fossil fuels. It's all about taking positive steps, which add up to big wins for the planet.