Becoming a hero of net zero: How air source heat pumps can reduce your carbon emissions 

A year on from the UK’s commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050, we look at how switching to an air source heat pump to heat your home can radically reduce your fossil fuel consumption.  

At Igloo we’re committed to making energy more efficient, so when the government announced its intention to go carbon neutral by 2050 we were thrilled. Like you, we’ve seen the worrying projections for our planet if we don’t act now and it’s great to see world leaders commit to meaningful change. 

As an energy supplier, our customers often ask us how we can really be interested in lowering their energy consumption. The answer is simple – we are on a mission to help people power and heat their homes as cheaply and efficiently as possible, with minimal harm to the environment. That’s why we champion technology that helps lower fossil fuel consumption, and promote greener energy alternatives such as air source heat pumps. 

What does net zero mean?  

A net zero carbon footprint means completely eliminating carbon emissions or offsetting them with measures that reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. When this balance is achieved you reach carbon neutrality, and that’s where the UK wants to be by 2050.  

How does having an air source heat pump help?  

Unlike a traditional boiler, air source heat pumps use electricity to generate heat and hot water. By using electricity instead of mains gas, oil or LPG  you can use significantly less fossil fuel to heat your home. This is because, on average, over 36% of the UK’s electricity is generated from renewable sources, and this figure is improving each year. At Igloo, we strive to make our renewable figures even higher and in 2018/19 58% of our electricity came from renewable sources. So, by switching to an air source heat pump you could dramatically reduce your home’s carbon footprint, and as the electricity grid is upgraded to become carbon neutral this will continue to improve. 

 In fact, recent figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) show a clear trend for increased energy generation from renewable sources over the last 12 years. The figures show that in 2019 over 10.6 million tons (oil equivalent) of electricity were generated from renewable sources, compared with just 1.3 million tons in 2007. By installing a heat pump in your home, you too can benefit from cleaner energy and do your bit for reducing carbon emissions as we move closer to 2050.  

As well as reviewing generation statistics we also like to keep a close eye on industry research and developments, and a recent report by the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) really caught our eye. The report rates heat pumps as one of the top 10 options for reducing your carbon footprint, offering you the chance to reduce your emissions by nearly 0.8 tonnes per year. As the research shows, installing a heat pump represents one of the most effective changes you can make in your home. 

CREDS Report 2020
Source: CREDS (2020)

How does an air source heat pump work?  

Air source heat pumps compress air from outside your home to generate heat and hot water – even in temperatures as low as –25°C. Read more about how air source heat pumps work and the different systems available in our blog post, ’Air source heat pump versus hybrid heating – what’s the difference?’

How can I get an air source heat pump?  

We can help you decide whether an air source heat pump is right for you and your home.  If you would like to speak to one of our expert advisors, they will explain the government incentives available and calculate how much you can expect to save on your energy bills too.  

Our package includes professional installation and 7-year hardware warranty. Once installed you’ll be able to control your home’s heating online through a smartphone app and we’ll also remotely monitor your heating’s efficiency through our free Meter Monitoring Service Package (MMSP), to ensure everything is working as it should.  

 To visit our dedicated air source heat pump product page click below or call our team of experts on 0333 016 4500.