By Christabel - posted on February 23, 2022

Renewable Energy and Heating

Did you know that two thirds of home energy use is for heating and hot water? Our choice of home heating affects both carbon emissions and air pollution. 

Replacing fossil fuel heating, such as natural gas, with renewable or low carbon heating will reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. Burning wood, coal and other solid fuels causes indoor and outdoor particulate air pollution in your home whilst power stations that provide our electricity and gas produce outdoor air pollution for communities nearby. Low carbon heating methods include heat pumps, alternative gas boilers, solar panels and district heating. If you are considering low carbon heating options it is important to improve your property’s energy efficiency first to reduce both heat loss and the demand for energy.

The electricity network is decarbonising more quickly than heating systems, with renewable electricity much more widespread at both a national and local level. Renewable electricity options at home include solar and wind, and you may want to consider battery storage. You can also reduce your impact by switching to a renewable or green tariff with your energy supplier, which reduces the impact of your energy use and encourages companies to invest in renewable technologies.

Reduce your impact 

  • Switch to a green energy tariff  
  • Reduce heat loss and energy use first 
  • Get expert advice on what is best for your house, circumstances and what to consider before installing new technologies 
  • Explore renewable electricity options
  • Consider low carbon heating and hot water options

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