A new study by Oxford University and the Regulatory Assistance Project (an independent, global NGO advancing policy innovation and thought leadership within the energy community) found that heat pumps are 2 – 3 times more efficient than oil and gas heating systems at very low temperatures.
The findings showed that heat pumps were suitable for almost all homes during cold months. The findings will provide policymakers with the impetus to bring in new measures to make heat pumps as ubiquitous as possible.The study, which was published in the journal Joule, used data from 7 field studies in North America, Asia and Europe.
Gas boiler lobbyists telling porkies about heat pumps
Unsurprisingly, in the UK, lobbyists associated with the gas boiler sector (The Guardian: “Gas boiler lobby trying to delay UK’s heat pump plans, leak shows” July 2023) have attempted to delay a key government measure to increase the uptake of heat pumps.
However, the Oxford/RAP study provides clear evidence that heat pumps are a viable option for heating homes in cold climates. With the right incentives, the UK can catch up to other countries like Australia and make the switch to low-carbon heating.
If you are looking for a more efficient and environmentally friendly way to heat your home, a heat pump is a great option. With WA’s Continuous Flow Gas Hot Water rebate of $400, it will at least help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
Benefits of using heat pumps . . .
- They are more efficient than fossil fuel heating systems.
- They can help to reduce your carbon emissions.
- They can be used to heat and cool your home.
- They are a quiet and reliable way to heat your home.
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WA Continuous Flow Gas Hot Water rebate
Here’s what’s currently available in Western Australia:
- Eligible households that switch from an old electric storage hot water system to a new continuous flow gas hot water system can receive a $400 rebate.