Consumers don’t know ‘green’ heating could cut bills by 45%

The Government faced criticism yesterday for not doing enough to make people aware renewable heating systems could trim their bills by 45%. A new report released yesterday shows “widespread” lack […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Government faced criticism yesterday for not doing enough to make people aware renewable heating systems could trim their bills by 45%.

A new report released yesterday shows “widespread” lack of awareness from the public about switching to renewable heating.

The study found 84% of UK residents don’t know heat pumps are a renewable heating source. Nearly three quarters (74%) don’t know that biomass systems are ‘green’.

Most respondents only looked at smaller measures such as energy efficient light bulbs and double glazing in their homes.

Later this Spring a government scheme called the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will throw open its doors to homeowners, giving them money to switch to ‘green’ heating systems such as biomass boilers.

But renewable heating provider Innasol which brought out the study claimed the Government has only put enough funds aside for a tiny number of UK homes to convert.

DECC recently estimated an extra 750,000 renewable heating systems need to be installed by 2020 to help the UK meet its 2020 carbon targets.

A DECC spokesperson said: “We’re working hard to ensure 15% of energy in the UK comes from renewable sources by 2020. There are a number of schemes to encourage people to switch to renewable energy sources, such as the Renewable Heat Incentive. For impartial advice on switching to renewable energy sources anyone can contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.”