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Nesta launches 'Visit A Heat Pump' service across the UK

Posted: Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

VisitAHeatPump.com is a service for householders considering installing a heat pump in their homes, HVP Mag reported.

The online platform helps householders to book visits in their local areas where heat pumps are already in use.

Users can search via their postcode on the website, find nearby owners, and book a visit to see a heat pump in person.

So far, 150 heat pump owners have already signed up across the UK, from Falkirk to Bristol. London and central Scotland are both leading the way with the most heat pump hosts, while East Anglia is becoming a heat pump hot spot with 11 hosts already advertising visits.

Transitioning from gas boilers to low-carbon heating systems like heat pumps will be essential for the UK to reach its net-zero goals.

But despite this, most people in the UK have never seen a heat pump – there are currently 250,000 heat pumps in UK homes, according to Nesta’s analysis of MCS data.

Previous research from Nesta has found high satisfaction amongst heat pump owners. It found that among people who have had a heat pump installed in their current home, 81% are as satisfied or more satisfied with heat pumps compared to their previous heating system. The figure is similar – 83% – when looking at heat pump owners in Victorian or older properties.

Nesta’s Visit A Heat Pump scheme aims to help people learn about heat pumps in a real-world setting.

The project is designed to give consumers more confidence in heat pump technology and increase the likelihood of switching from gas to low-carbon heating.

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