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Jessica Rees
Sustainability and Engagement Officer
2 minute read

Having a heated home is very important for our health. It keeps us warm in the colder months and can also help prevent mould growing. Inhaling mould spores can inflame our airways and cause coughs, chest tightness and throat irritation and make respiratory conditions worse.

However, one seventh of the UK’s emissions come from heating the home. Many homes in the UK use gas boilers which have a high carbon footprint. They can produce eight times as much nitrogen dioxide as power plants. 

So, what can we do differently?

UK climate action charity, Possible, commissioned energy experts, Regen, to explore heating systems that can replace gas boilers.

They found that electric heating technology (heat pumps) paired with locally produced renewable energy (wind power) was the answer.

How do these power sources work?

Wind power – Generates electricity through propeller-like blades attached to a rotor. As the blades spin in the wind, it gives power to the rotor to act as a generator, which produces the electricity.  

Heat pumps – This low carbon heater extracts heat from the outside air and pumps this into the buildings.

Not only does this combination help combat climate change, but it can also cut our energy bills by one third!

Possible noted that, 3,700 deprived neighbourhoods in the UK are located within 1km of onshore wind resources. So, despite clean energy resources being accessible, these neighbourhoods are still lacking clean, affordable heating. This is not only harmful to the environment but harmful to people’s health due to cold, damp, mouldy homes.

What is stopping us?

Unfortunately, there are a few barriers in the way of this development project including, funding, time, energy, and expertise in this field to get the projects started.  There are also planning barriers for new onshore wind projects.

This is still a step in the right direction, creating awareness around producing cleaner energy for homes can lead to a greater call for change.

Check out Possible’s report on this positive cleaner energy research.