Reduce residential carbon emissions
With the government committing to reducing high-carbon fossil fuels in the 2020s and the setting net zero target by 2050, the 10 years will require considerable changes in the way we build, manage and heat our homes.
To meet our 2035 carbon neutral target, we will have to build new homes to lower carbon standards. But with emphasis on the need for new housing, it is essential to remember that the majority of the homes that will exist in 2050 have already been built. This is why installing renewable energy in social housing and housing associations is so important!
What energy saving technologies can you install for housing associations and social housing?
Heating the 28 million homes in the UK accounts for almost 20% of the UK’s CO2 emissions. This is mostly space heating, with contributions from hot water and cooking. When indirect emissions from electric heating are included, this figure increases to around 23%.
Air Source Heat Pumps are future proof and a low carbon technology for use in the home and can provide heating and hot water to use all year round. They have a life expectancy of between 15-25 years whereas a gas boiler’s efficient life is between 8-12 years. Running cost are dramatically reduced as well. Replacing a gas boiler with a ASHP, you will see around a 40% to 50% saving on your heating bills and an oil boiler will see savings of around 70%. Great for social housing!
Eliminate Fuel Poverty
There’s also something called the poverty fuel gap. This is the difference between a fuel-poor household’s energy bill and the size of bill it would need to have in order not to be classified as fuel poor. In 2017 in England, the gap was £321, down from £333 the previous year.
According to official fuel poverty statistics 11% of all social rented households in England are in fuel poverty, which is slightly above the national average but significantly lower than in the private rented sector, where almost 1 in 5 (19%) of all households are fuel poor.
Installing Renewable technologies in social housing is one way in which Fuel poverty can be eliminated. Installing green energy tech will mean smaller bills to pay for renters and the decrease of fuel poverty in the UK. Solar Panels and Air source Heat Pumps are just two of our products that could help to do this!
“As everyone knows, it is essential that carbon emissions be significantly reduced. It’s clear that a big part in this must be played by those building and managing the nation’s homes. This quote comes from Lord Best, president of the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA), and couldn’t be closer to the truth.”