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The Nature of Making Energy Matter: Renewable Electricity and Heat Pumps

Updated: Mar 17

At Vibrant, we’re more aware than ever that environmental consciousness is on the rise. For homeowners, tenants and estate agents, using, utilising and reaping the benefits of sustainable energy sources is not just an attractive way of saving money, but a pivotal solution in paving the way for a greener Britain. One of the revolutionary technologies leading the charge towards a sustainable future is the air source heat pump, which offers an eco-friendly and cost-effective solution to meet your home’s heating and cooling needs.

But what is an air source heat pump, how does it harness renewable electricity, and what other benefits does it bring to both your home and the planet?

An air source heat pump taps into the ambient heat in the air, converting it into a usable form for heating homes and water. This system consists of an outdoor unit, typically placed outside your house, and an indoor unit that circulates the warmed air within your living spaces.

How Air Source Heat Pumps Work

The outdoor unit contains a refrigerant that absorbs heat from the surrounding air, even in colder temperatures. The absorbed heat is then compressed, raising its temperature and turning it into a high-temperature gas which is then condensed, releasing the captured heat. It’s then transferred to your home’s heating system or hot water supply.

Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps can be powered by electricity generated from renewable sources such as solar or wind power, meaning your home’s heating becomes not only sustainable but also reduces your carbon footprint.

Unlike traditional heating systems, air source heat pumps operate at a fraction of the cost, offering substantial savings on energy bills over time. This is particularly notable as the system doesn’t rely on traditional fuels, shielding you from the volatility of energy prices and by harnessing the heat present in the air, ASHPs significantly reduce the reliance on non-renewable resources. This not only helps combat climate change but also supports the global transition towards a more sustainable energy landscape.

Air source heat pumps are known for their durability and low maintenance requirements, offering a reliable and long-lasting solution for your home’s heating needs.

With the changes to the Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure (which is the UK’s approved methodology for assessing energy performance and generating EPCs for existing dwellings) coming into force this year, our specialist team, are going to recommend heat pumps more as part of our premier EPC Plus service, both as an improvement measure to a property’s sustainability but to also help reduce household bills. Our assessments truly reflect the impact of new proven technologies and innovation, and the changes in power generation which impact on carbon emissions and prices. It’s our job to make properties fully compliant, to reach the UK government’s target of net zero carbon homes by 2050 for a greener UK.

With the UK government offering grants worth up to £8,000 for the installation of renewable energy systems, including air source heat pumps, there’s never been a better time to commit to a sustainable future.

Air source heat pumps represent a forward-thinking solution to both the environmental challenges we face and the practical needs of homeowners. By harnessing renewable electricity and the natural heat present in the air, these systems provide an efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly way to heat a property. Investing in an air source heat pump is not just a step towards energy independence; it’s a commitment to a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle that benefits both your household and the planet.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you, and explain in more detail about our EPC Plus service:

01495 234 301


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