5 reasons the next Prime Minister should make smart, efficient heating an infrastructure priority

"The next Prime Minister can build on the positive steps already taken by the government to supercharge clean, efficient heating at scale"

How we heat and cool our homes is an increasingly hot topic. With fossil fuel prices expected to remain high for years to come, now is the time for solutions to help British families get off gas heating for the long-term.

Clean, efficient and smart heating solutions have a critical role to play in this mix. Here are five reasons why:

  1. Heat pumps boost energy security and lower bills, moving households from volatile fossil fuel markets and onto electricity, which is increasingly sourced from home-grown, clean renewable energy. Efficient heat pumps can slash heating bills and lower the cost of living.
  2. Heat pumps are a major growth and export opportunity and can put Global Britain on the map as a clean tech powerhouse. The UK can turn to its boiler manufacturing capability to tap into the booming global market – with the EU targeting 60m installations by 2030.
  3. Heat pumps can support a high-skill, high employment economy. Getting on track for heat pump targets will require a significant boost to the number of skilled installers and engineers – presenting opportunities to boost standards and gender diversity in the heating sector.
  4. Heat pumps are a super-efficient way to heat our homes. For every 1kW of electricity, they produce 3-4kWh of heat – an efficiency of 300-400%, compared to 90% for a new gas boiler.
  5. Heat pumps drive down emissions for environmental conservation. With more and more people concerned about the impacts of a warming planet, clean heat can help reduce the 14% of UK carbon emissions caused by household heating.

The next Prime Minister can build on positive steps already taken by the government to supercharge clean, efficient heating at scale:

  • Underpin the heat pump market through supporting affordability. Signal the long-term certainty of grant schemes such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme and Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme – which can help drive down costs. Reform energy prices to lower the cost of clean electricity compared to polluting fossil gas.
  • Boost skills and supply chains to support an army of heat pump installers, supporting and incentivising high-quality training, apprenticeships and retraining opportunities
  • Roll-out an independently run, nationwide green homes awareness and information campaign, providing tailored advice across the country on low carbon home heating.

For more information please contact:

Juliet Phillips, Electrify Heat
Tel: 07548097061
Email: juliet.phillips@e3g.org