The UK’s biased mindset towards electricity prices

The UK is on the road to net zero carbon, and the Government is continuing its push to reach this target by 2050. This will inevitably contribute to numerous lifestyle and technological changes, which will need to be implemented by both the Government and consumers. However, a large part of the UK’s consumer-base are still reluctant to make the change, mainly due to the price of electricity.

 

It is clear to see that the prices of both gas and electricity have increased over the last decade. Consumers are often found to be comparing the price increase of electricity against gas. However, this comparison is not an accurate indicator of the price increase indices. To gain a better understanding of this, one must compare the price increase of gas to its prices in the past, and the same for electricity. Between 2010 and 2011, the average electricity prices (incl. VAT) rose by 4.8%. The gas prices during the same timeframe increased by 8.1%.  

Gas VS Electricity price increase

Throughout history, we have heated our homes with coal and oil. With the availability of natural gas at a cheap price by virtue of the North Sea, the popularity of gas central heating grew in the UK. With this resource exploited and diminished from the North Sea, the price of gas has increased considerably. At one point, gas was around 6 times cheaper than electricity. Currently, this price differential has reduced to electricity being 4 times the price of gas. This comparison gives you a broader understanding of the increments in energy prices over time. With lesser reliance on fossil fuels, and more and more electricity generated by renewables, we could see this price gap between gas and electricity lessen.

 

In the UK, electricity as a fuel source has been given a bad name. There are many misconceptions in consumers’ minds, these misconceptions stemming from the ideology that energy companies are highly profitable and are exploiting domestic households by increasing electricity prices. We all know that electricity supplied to every home in the UK is identical – the key differentiator is price. The only route to market for any new energy company is a low price point, but for most companies, this is not sustainable. Many energy companies do not survive in the UK because of this and the 22 energy companies that are no longer in business (as of Feb 21) are proof of this.

From our involvement within the heating industry, we have come across thousands of consumers who have switched from gas to electric heating – some of these customers also complain about their increased electricity bill. However, the reasons for their complaints are often flawed. When you move from one resource (in this case – gas) and utilise another resource (in this case – electricity); it is evident that your costs for the new resource (electricity) would increase. However, you save on not having to use the initial resource (gas). Shifting from gas to electric heating is not only better for the environment, but you also gain a solution that is 100% efficient at the point of use.

 

Electricity prices in the UK are not exorbitant in comparison to other countries with the same GDP. Yet in the UK, consumers always heavily scrutinize electricity prices. As of June 2020, the average price for electricity in the UK was 17.2p/kWh. In comparison during the same time period: Germany (28p/kWh), Denmark (23p/kWh), Japan (19.2p/kWh).

Currently the price of electricity in the UK has reduced further, the average price being 16p/kWh. Compared to countries with similar GDP, the UK has one of the lowest energy prices for domestic consumers.

Countries' electricity prices VS UK

The irony lies in the fact that you hear and see a lot of backlash in regards to an increase in electricity prices, but consumers in the UK will happily pay the increased prices for petrol and other fuels. This signifies a vast difference in consumer perceptions between petrol and electricity prices. The same inference can be made for other household expenditures like water, food, clothing, transport etc. Since 2010, petrol prices have soared by 11p/litre (11% increase) and a 47p/litre increase (61% increase) since the early 2000s. A possible reason for why we don’t behave the same towards an electricity price increase as compared to a petrol price increase; we usually pay for electricity monthly, where as payment for petrol is upfront. There could be a psychological shift in behaviour if paying for petrol was a monthly payment. The price we pay for water has also increased, yet we still waste so much of it and end up paying whatever the monthly bill is with no resistance. In the UK, consumers must refute ideologies in regards to electricity based off misconceptions and base their decisions on actual data. Doing this would enable us to grow as consumers and be open to change, in this case specifically for the betterment of the environment as well.

 

In the financial year of 2020, the average UK household spent 14% of their income on housing, fuel and power, 11% was spent on food and non-alcoholic drinks and a further 4% on clothing and footwear. All of the above are considered as necessities.

UK household expenses

Over the last 3 months, the UK has sold more electric cars than diesel – a huge step in the right direction. Switching to electric cars is not only better for the environment, but also more money in your pocket in terms of running costs. Assuming a 70kW charge at 30p/kWh (for an electric car) VS. 35mpg (for a petrol car); £21 for a 70kW charge (250 miles) works out to be 8p/mile. Whereas for a petrol car: 4.5l/gallon (7miles/litre), assuming the cost of petrol is 130p/litre; works out to be 18p per mile. Transport accounts for nearly 30% of the UK’s total carbon emissions. Hydrogen is another option, but recent research has brought to light that hydrogen is very expensive to produce and not as efficient as electricity, for domestic heating and car charging. Switching to an electric car means, as a country we could achieve our Net Zero Carbon target sooner. Below we detail another example of why we should use an electric car over a petrol car (both manufactured by the same company).

Electric vs Petrol BMW

Analysing past data and the UK consumers’ attitudes towards electricity- it is evident there needs to be more awareness regarding electric heating and electricity prices. There seems to be a bias in the mind-set of consumers. This bias is not as evident in other expenses like water, petrol and council tax that UK consumers incur. In order to achieve Net Zero Carbon, we must welcome electricity with open arms as it is the most viable and efficient solution for greener domestic heating and car charging. Over the last 5 years, our share of electricity being generated from renewable sources has increased by 20%. With more and more consumers switching to electric heating every day; electricity has proven to be an efficient source of energy for domestic heating (with numerous testimonials that can be attested to it). Lastly, as with any form of heating, insulation is paramount. For electric heating to work efficiently, a consumer has to insulate their home to a sufficient standard. This will reduce heat losses from the property, preventing any massive spikes in consumption and reducing energy bills.

Clean heating solutions for your home: SAY NO to ‘one size fits all’.

Don’t compromise on the aesthetic of your beautiful home.

 

Reducing carbon emissions for the betterment of the environment.

The Government are laying great emphasis on reducing carbon emissions in the UK. The two sectors that have been ear marked to make changes are Heating and Transport. With electric cars outselling diesel engine cars for the second month running, it is clear that the public are now taking climate change and the need to reduce their carbon emissions seriously. When it comes to heating, the Government have pushed heat pumps as a solution, without giving proper scrutiny to the suitability of retro fitting heat pumps in most UK homes. The reality on the ground in our experience is a combination of different types of electric heating solutions to fit individual home needs, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We understand that there is a need to change, however, having surveyed thousands of homes in the UK we are best placed to offer advice on solutions that are sustainable and achievable for most UK homes.

Choosing the right heating solution for your home.

As the stock of our homes are not well insulated, using heat pumps that heat water up to 65c is not going to heat most homes to the same comfortable level that boilers did.  Primarily, most of the households want to make the switch with minimum disruption and building work. This factor is one of the main deterrents for consumers trying to make the switch. Hence, in these cases it is perhaps better to replace your existing gas or oil boiler with an electric boiler. This transformation can be achieved in only a day or two. If you require a lot of hot water, then you could install the Aquafficient Eco+, which is an air source water heater, but it does not have an external unit. It can be installed where your existing cylinder is located, but you will need to provide ducting to the outside to expel the cold air. If you cannot duct it to the outside, or if you lack space in your home, then the Aquafficient is a great solution to heat your water. In a scenario like this you can then install a heating only boiler. We recommend always keeping your heating and hot water independent, so there is never a single point of failure.

Keep your space and water heating separate.

For numerous compact and smaller homes that have gas combi-boilers; making the switch to either our Electric Duo Boiler or our dynamic, individually temperature-controlled (using a smart wireless thermostat) storage heaters, in conjunction with the Aquafficient (for hot water) is the way forward.  The idea of using dynamic direct acting storage heaters makes your home more efficient as you only heat the more frequented areas/rooms of your home. These are heated to the temperature you require and when you need it. This solution is also suitable for larger homes. In regard to a standard central heating system, there is only one thermostat. Therefore, if you have a 3- 4-bedroom home with 2 or 3 occupants, every time you want to use two rooms you have to switch the 12kW boiler on when you could simply, and more efficiently, be using a 3.5kW boiler in conjunction with 2 dynamic direct acting storage heaters. The dynamic storage heaters react quickly and maintain temperatures after switching off using the storage principle. It is a modern, efficient replacement for wasteful night storage heaters. This user profile of consumption is mirrored in many UK homes, so once again the concept of only heating rooms based on usage will deliver savings on your energy bill and keep you warm in the rooms you use. An attribute of making this switch to the Fischer system is that you are guaranteed a stress-free and installation.  

Heat pumps are not suitable for many UK homes.

As far as the use of heat pumps for heating is concerned, unless you have a relatively new home with high levels of insulation, heat pumps will not deliver the heating you require. They may be ideal for new builds where you plan the location of the heat pump based on the initial plans, but to retrofit this in existing homes would require major alterations to the fabric of your property. This is not a practical option for many households, as the cost to bring their homes to the standard required would be prohibitive.

Even if you could manage the cost of such works, the other issue is the space required when installing the heat pump in your garden. If you are tight for space, this is could present a big problem. In addition to that, the noise of the heat pump and the expelled cold air means you cannot sit close to it in the garden. Moving the heat pump further out into your garden, away from your home, means you compromise on the efficiency of the heat pump. It also not recommended to use a heat pump alongside your existing radiators, as they may not be sufficient to heat your home during the winter. Essentially, you need to increase the size of your radiators by up to 50% and this, in our experience, is not possible for most UK homes, as there is insufficient wall space to hang bigger or more radiators to achieve the heat requirement.

When we look at these issues, coupled with our experience conducting home heating surveys around the UK; we know that the way forward is different electric heating solutions to suit individual homes, user profiles, affordability and ease of installation. These are the factors that most households consider important before they can make the switch.

Make the choice that best suits your home, lifestyle, comfort and pocket. Our free no-obligation survey provides you with choices that can make your home heating ‘green’ and reduce the carbon emissions from your home. The state of our environment depends on the actions we take. Climate change is happening NOW, so doing nothing is not an option.

The Road to Zero Carbon has begun.

The Future is Electric.

FFH-Feefo platinum award

Fischer Future Heat receives an award from Feefo!

About Feefo and the Platinum Award.

Feefo is a renowned brand within the customer reviews and insights sphere, aiming to provide businesses with the tools and technology to improve customer experience and engagement. All Feefo reviews and feedback are from verified customer experiences and aid businesses in making smarter and more customer-focused decisions. 

The Feefo platinum award was created in order to accredit businesses for their continuing commitment to outstanding customer service. This verified and valued badge of approval is only awarded to businesses that have achieved the Feefo Gold standard for three consecutive years. 

Reasons why we won this award.

Here at Fischer Future Heat, it has always been of upmost importance for us to operate with integrity, quality service and fairness. We pride ourselves on delivering a lifetime of excellent customer service, something for which we have received recognition for from both TrustPilot and Feefo. Our continuing dedication to complete customer satisfaction remains unparalleled.

As a company we believe that without ‘the customer’ there would not be a business. That is why it has always remained central to our company philosophy to provide our customers with a lifetime of unparalleled customer service. No matter the query, we endeavour to handle every customer with the same level of professionalism, compassion, and respect. Our dedicated teams are happy to provide customer with quick resolutions to any issues they may face. Every department in our business follows the same customer-focused philosophy, ensuring our exceptional customer service is a universal experience.

Thanking all our customers. 

Without the support from all our customers, and the assurance through reviews and testimonials, we would not have been a recipient of the glorified ‘Feefo Platinum Service award’. We thank you all for being a part of the ‘Fischer Family’, and we will continue to provide products and services that always exceed your expectations.

Gas Boilers and NOx: The lesser-known pollutant

Air pollution is an ever-growing concern, both on a global scale and nationally. The main contributors people often associate with air pollution and harmful emissions are vehicles and factories. Whilst these factors do contribute significantly to pollution levels, people are overlooking a significant contributor to air pollution that is present in our homes.

Gas boilers.

The problems surrounding gas boilers and the pollution that comes from them is well documented. However, people still seem to overlook significance of their role in emission levels. Air pollution from gas boilers is a huge problem, and as the government continues to set carbon targets it is imperative that we find ways to make the switch from outdated systems to greener ones soon. 

Effects of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)

Gas boilers are a major source of local pollution, accounting for 21% of the total Nitrogen oxide emissions across Greater London. This is a significant proportion of pollution that cannot be ignored. Exposure to Nitrogen oxides has serious health implications, namely:

  • Lung irritation

  • Decreased lung function

  • Increased chance of respiratory infections.

The presence of NOx in our atmosphere also has a significant atmospheric affect; NOx is a precursor to the formation of Ozone and acid rain, and when deposited into fresh water and land it harms sensitive biodiversity. NOx pollution presents a huge problem for the government and the public. Nitrogen oxide levels in the UK still remain above legal and safe limits, despite the UK government being sanctioned by the European Court of Justice.

What can be done?

The government has been actively pushing targets and mandates in order to combat our growing air pollution crisis. Their push for ‘Net-Zero Carbon’ by 2050 is the most popular example of this, and mandates such as the Future Homes Standard have been introduced in order for us to be able to reach these targets sooner.

The focus of the Future Homes Standard is eradicating gas boilers in newly-built homes by 2025. This particular mandate exemplifies the government’s awareness of the harmful pollution that comes from using gas combustion heating in our homes. However, many homeowners are still reluctant to make the switch to greener home heating options. One researcher has stated that she thinks homeowners are reluctant to change from gas boilers due to a lack of awareness. Many homeowners are unaware of the health implications gas boilers contribute to; there is overall less awareness or harmful pollutants coming from within our homes.

Air pollution from gas boilers doesn’t just harm our health – it also has drastic implications for the health of our environment too. The harmful emissions released by gas boilers is contributing massively to global warming and climate damage. Fossil fuel heating accounts for around 15% of the UK’s greenhouse emissions, and this number can easily be reduced through simply switching our heating to greener alternatives.

The route to Net Zero Carbon has never been clearer; we must act now if we want to begin reversing the damage done to our environment by harmful gas emissions. By making the switch to cleaner home heating solutions, we can begin the journey on the road to net zero carbon and a healthier future for the planet and for us.

Demand-Side Response (DSR): The Intelligent Use of Energy

The demand for electricity in the UK is growing constantly. Electricity is all around us, and without it we would struggle to continue our everyday tasks.

As the demand of electricity rises, so does the pressure on our power stations and energy generators. Many of the power stations in the UK still rely on fossil fuel consumption to generate energy, thus polluting the planet by releasing harmful carbon emissions during the process.

In the face of a global climate emergency, it is imperative that the UK government calls into action regulatory targets surrounding the use of fossil fuel. We have already started to make impactful changes to lessen our carbon emissions – 41.6% of the UK’s total electricity generation is produced via renewable sources.

At time of high demand the electricity grid relies on old power stations to deliver the needed energy. This leads to increased pollution during these periods, as old power stations consume fossil fuel to generate energy. In order to avoid excess pollution during these high demand periods the UK government has devised an energy strategy – Demand Side Response.

Demand Side Response (DSR), also referred to as energy demand management, is an energy strategy targeted at businesses and industries in order to reduce energy demand during peak times. Businesses are provided with a financial incentive to reduce the use of turn off non-essential electrical processes during peak demand times. Some examples of potential DSR participants are:

  • Supermarkets

  • Industrial Manufacturers

  • Universities

  • Commercial and Public Buildings

DSR works as to help the energy grid to balance supply and demand without additional electricity generation being required, therefore diminishing the use old power stations. Demand Side Response aims to limit the amount of time these power stations need to be used by maximising the use of renewable generation instead. This decreases the overall pollution levels of the energy industry, aiding the UK government in reaching their carbon targets.

Through the implementation of DSR we are able to manage and share our electricity consumption more intelligently, rather than simply generating more to meet the demand. Some examples of non-essential processes that large energy users can turn down are air-conditioning, heating and ventilation. Demand Side Response aims to reduce peak time electricity rates through decreasing the demand and sharing energy during these times.

DSR can reduce consumer bills, lower harmful emissions and make more intelligent use of our electricity. All of these benefits seem so enticing, so why aren’t more businesses electing to involve themselves in this scheme?

Demand Side Response is a voluntary program that large energy users must opt into if they wish to participate. Many businesses are hesitant to join the DSR scheme as some associate it with tight capacity margins and restrictions, but this isn’t the case. DSR isn’t a forcibly restrictive regime in which the energy that businesses use is closely regulated.

Rather, it is simply a scheme implemented to better manage and share electricity during peak times in order to reduce energy price rates and keep pollution levels low. Large energy consumers are still able to utilise energy during these times, they are just required to simply reduce their consumption slightly in order to not over-exert our energy generators.

The positive effects DSR has on the energy industry has been well documented. Research conducted by Good Energy found that the wholesale price of electricity was reduced by £1.5 billion just through the reduction of fossil fuel consumption in the generation of energy.

There must be more conclusive education around Demand Side Response in order for businesses to choose to implement the scheme into their energy regime. With more large energy consumers implementing DSR into their businesses, reaching a net-zero carbon future will be easier than ever.

UK EV (Electric Vehicle) sales triple despite COVID lockdown

The popularity of electric vehicles in the automobile industry has skyrocketed in recent years. More and more consumers are choosing greener vehicles as the government pushes towards its target of net zero carbon by 2050.

 

Various industries around the global are choosing to become more eco-conscious in an effort to reverse the damage done to our planet due to pollution. The government has stated that by 2030 the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be prohibited, whilst they also plan to introduce a £20m funding pot for innovation in the electric vehicle industry.

The automobile industry is one of the biggest contributors to air pollution around the world. Road transport has been estimated to account for 22% of the total emissions of carbon dioxide COin the UK. With global pollution levels rising everyday due to the consumption of fossil fuels, it is imperative that the transport industry introduce electric and hybrid vehicles into the mainstream.

 

The automobile industry experienced a massive decrease in sales during the pandemic, suffering a loss of £22.2 billion in sales over the course of 2020-2021. However, despite an overall decrease in the sales of vehicles during the pandemic, a demand for greener vehicles surged. The sales of battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids accounted for 13.9% of the automobile market in 2020 – an increase of 7.3% from the previous year.

 

The increasing interest in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids is fantastic news. It shows how we are becoming more eco-conscious as a nation, and are helping the government achieve their net zero carbon targets. As of 2020, almost 1 in 10 new vehicles in the UK are now electric vehicles. With increasing environmental awareness and eco-consciousness this number is only set to rise.

 

And it is not just the UK making the important switch to electric and hybrid vehicles. Countries all around the world are beginning to adopt greener vehicles into the mainstream – lessening their carbon footprint and beginning their journey to reverse climate damage.

The interest in purchasing electric vehicles in Britain is below the global average. However, a survey of 18,000 car users across 18 national markets found that the UK is one of the most advanced electric vehicle markets in the world. As the UK electric vehicle industry continues to innovate and develop as an industry, the interest in electric vehicles is only set to increase.

 

Electric vehicle and green vehicle innovation is not unique to Britain. In large automobile markets, such as the USA, are announcing strategies for an all-electric transport future. In November 2020, automobile giant General Motors reported that they are committed to introducing 30 new electric vehicle models by 2025. Working together to reach a greener future is not just up to us as nation, it is a global effort in which each of us has our own part to play.

 

It has never been clearer that achieving a green future is possible as more and more drivers consider electric vehicle options. Making these impactful changes has massively positive consequences for our global environment. By choosing green options and working together, we can begin to reverse climate damage and achieve a net zero carbon future.

Introducing the new Acquafficient

Introducing the NEW Aquafficient Eco Thermal

The introduction of various energy regulatory mandates, such as the Future Homes Standard, seek to reduce the worrying pollution statistics highlighting the damage that the consumption of fossil fuels is having on our planet.

 

Here at Fischer Future Heat, we understand the impact changing to renewable heating systems has on the reduction of harmful environmental pollutants. This is why we continue to work tirelessly to provide the British public with innovative, renewable home heating solutions.

 

 

That is why we are pleased to introduce the leading-edge Aquafficient Eco Thermal.

 

Operating through solar and wind energy, the duo-renewable Aquafficient Eco Thermal heats water with two renewable energy sources. Initially using solar energy in order to heat water to 60 degrees centigrade; if the water does not reach a suitable temperature it will then use energy from the air.

 

There is nothing more unpredictable and unreliable than British weather. We know there is no way we can control the weather, but we can guarantee the efficiency and reliability of our latest water heating innovation.

 

Suitable for homes with Solar Thermal technology installed, the Aquafficient provides a renewable water heating solution that doesn’t compromise on efficiency due to the climate. Working in conjunction with Solar Thermal technology, when there is a lack of sunlight access, the Aquafficient Eco Thermal converts energy used for heating water through an Air-Source heater. The duo-renewable technology of this heating system means that you can enjoy hot water all year round, without compromising on efficiency or performance.

Just like the alternative water heating solutions we offer here at Fischer Future Heat, the Aquafficient Eco Thermal comes with a 5 year warranty as standard, as well as an automatic anti-legionella disinfection system. You can rest assured with the knowledge you have access to hot water on demand, without harming the environment or your pocket. 

 

The Aquafficient Eco Thermal is designed with efficiency and resourcefulness in mind, the duo-renewable nature of the design combines the highly efficient performance of our Aquafficient technology with completely renewable energy sources. It can be installed as an individual hot-water heating system, or can be combined with the other electric heating solutions offered here at Fischer Future Heat.

 

With these newer and modern options, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing you are making the necessary changes for a greener tomorrow.

 

We all require hot water all year round, so why not change to a renewable water heating system and begin making the steps to future-proof your home and reduce your carbon footprint, as well as your energy bill.

Are Hydrogen Boilers a viable option?

Carbon emissions, Global warming and the UK’s Net zero carbon target.

With the UK Government banning the installation of gas and oil boilers in all new homes by 2025, highlights the detrimental effects of using fossil fuels on the environment. As a country, we have depended on fossil fuels for centuries, and this sudden ban has left people frantically looking to upgrade their outdated heating.

 

Recently, hydrogen has propped up as an alternative for homes heated by gas and oil boilers. But on account of it being a relatively new concept, people are uncertain whether Hydrogen boilers are the future of domestic heating and car-charging. Although hydrogen is a much cleaner fuel to heat your homes, there are numerous reservations about this concept: Are Hydrogen boilers safe? Is Hydrogen efficient? Is Hydrogen cost effective?

Types of hydrogen and how do we extract it?

 

Grey hydrogen: This is made with natural gas, which when heated reacts with steam to produce hydrogen (and significant carbon emissions). This is how most of the world’s hydrogen is currently produced.  

 

Blue hydrogen: Blue hydrogen production is similar grey hydrogen, but the resulting carbon emissions are stored underground – a process known as carbon capture and storage. Some “fugitive” emissions will still escape, but it is a greener process than grey hydrogen production. 

 

Green hydrogen: This is the greenest way of producing hydrogen. It works by using electricity to power a process of electrolysis, where water is separated into hydrogen and oxygen. However, hydrogen produced this way is up to three times more expensive compared to grey hydrogen and requires large amounts of electricity.  

Advantages of Hydrogen energy

 

Hydrogen is a renewable source of energy unlike fossil fuels; hence we cannot run out of it. It is a great source of energy- it is all around us. Hydrogen is also non-toxic and does not pose a risk to the health of humans, unlike natural gas and nuclear energy.

 

Hydrogen is highly concentrated with energy and has a great amount of power. It is approximately 3 times more powerful than other fossil fuels. On account of hydrogen being such a powerful energy source, it is now being tested to fuel aircrafts and spaceships.

 

Hydrogen is also a clean energy source. It has no harmful by-products released into the atmosphere. During the process of electrolysis to create hydrogen, water is the main by-product.

Disadvantages of Hydrogen energy

 

Hydrogen is difficult to store. Hydrogen must be compressed into a liquid in order to be stored, as it is a much lighter gas than gasoline. It also has to be stored at a low temperature. The immense amount of pressure required to store hydrogen is what makes it difficult to transport (especially in larger quantities).

 

Hydrogen is volatile and can be a dangerous fuel. Hydrogen is highly flammable and does not have any natural smell to indicate if there is a leak. As mentioned before, Hydrogen has a great energy content, which makes it a very volatile fuel, and numerous precautionary measures need to be taken to minimize risks of handling this fuel.

 

Hydrogen is expensive to produce. As stated earlier, the types of hydrogen we need to produce for home heating are blue and green. And ideally, we need to push for green hydrogen, which is the cleanest form of hydrogen that we can produce. It has no fugitive emissions and has a safe and re-usable by-product: water. In order to produce this type of hydrogen, large amounts of electricity is required to undergo the process of electrolysis. Hence mass-producing hydrogen using this method would be wasteful and not sustainable.

Recent research: Hydrogen – a viable option?

 

In order to create minimal disturbance and upheaval in the UK heating industry (consumers included), a great amount of research is being conducted on the viability of hydrogen as a fuel for domestic heating. Using the existing gas-network pipelines is a plus, but the disturbance ‘Net Zero Carbon’ will cause inevitable. Although, this is a change is for the betterment of our own lives and planet as a whole.

Recent research conducted by Germany’s Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research has deemed hydrogen too expensive and inefficient for the domestic heating industry. Hydrogen is one of the most abundant elements in the atmosphere, but it usually comes bonded to another element. Producing zero carbon hydrogen from water – so-called ‘green hydrogen’ – is currently expensive and requires a large amount of electricity. 

For most sectors, including home heating and cars, it would be cheaper and greener to use electricity directly, the researchers say. That is because making hydrogen to power a car or heat a home generally requires much more electricity than simply running an electric car or using electric heating solutions.

Taking all the factual research and evidence into account, Hydrogen seems to only provide a fragile climate benefit. In the UK, our share of electricity being generated by renewables, has increased over 20% over the last 5 years. Seeing such an immense progress over such a short period of time, we could soon enjoy 100% renewable electricity in our homes. From an unbiased standpoint, fairly-priced renewable electricity sure does seem like the future.

With more and more electricity being generated from renewables, Renewable Electricity sure does seem like the future.

In the past, fossil fuels like coal and natural gas were the main sources of generating electricity in the UK. These resources although worked out to be quite beneficial for us in generating electricity, are not renewable and hence their supply is limited. Electricity generated from renewables like wind, water and sunlight are slowly but surely dominating the electricity generation in recent times, and is a step in the right direction to attain sustainable living.

Phasing out Fossil Fuels.

 Understanding the detrimental effects of the use of fossil fuels on the environment, energy statistics show that we are on track to phase out the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation. In 2016, natural gas and coal accounted for 42% and 9% of electricity generated in the UK respectively. In 2019, the UK generated 38% of its electricity from natural gas and 1% from coal. And now only 29% of electricity is generated by natural gas and less than 1% of the UK’s electricity is generated by coal.

According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) latest energy trends data published (2020) renewables’ share of electricity generation was 47% during the quarter, up from 35.9% in the first quarter of 2019. The proportion is also notably higher than the previous quarterly record of 39%, set last summer.

Gas and Electricity prices in the UK.

Currently, electricity is highly expensive as compared to gas. But as a commodity electricity isn’t vastly expensive than gas to produce. The higher levies put on electricity as compared to gas, is what makes the current price of electricity 3-4 times that of gas. From an economic standpoint, at the time taxing electricity higher than gas only increased the amount of revenue received by the Government in taxes, simply because all homes in the UK have electricity, but the same cannot be said for gas.

The government has announced that by 2025, all new homes will be banned from installing gas boilers and will instead be heated by low-carbon alternatives. The heating industry has moved away from burning coal for heat to gas (although coal was cheaper than gas) and now slowly but surely is switching away from fossil fuels like gas to renewable sources of energy (like 100% renewable electricity). This shift to electric can be seen in the automobile industry as well. This change is driven by the need to conserve the already damaged/polluted environment.

With the Government pushing the ‘Net Zero Carbon’ initiative, we could see them reviewing the levies put on electricity and gas, in favour of electricity to promote the use of electricity as compared to gas. These levies have already been reviewed in the B2B and commercial sector and we could see the UK Government doing the same for the domestic sector as well.

The Future is Electric.

 An independent climate research agency Ember (2020) state that the UK’s renewable electricity outpaced its fossil fuel generation for the first-time last year and could remain the largest source of electricity in the future. It revealed that renewable energy generated by wind, sunlight, water and wood made up 42% of the UK’s electricity last year compared with 41% generated from gas and coal plants together.

2020 was the greenest year on record for Britain’s electricity system, when average carbon intensity – the measure of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of electricity consumed – reached a new low, according to National Grid.

With the consumption of electricity in UK households increasing every year coupled with the phasing out of fossil fuels and the growing popularity of renewables shows that the generation of electricity using renewables is able to cope with the growing demand of electricity. Once all the related infrastructure is set up, we could soon enjoy 100% renewable electricity in our homes and live more sustainably.

From day one, Fischer Future Heat have advocated for the elimination of fossil fuels by going 100% electric. This electricity when generated by renewables, would help you reduce your primary and secondary carbon-footprint. Fischer have diversified from just selling dynamic electric radiators to numerous other efficient and electric products like Fischer Duo Boiler, Aquafficient, Aquafficient Eco+ and Solar battery, so that you find the perfect electric solution to swap your fossil fuelled heating. Hence, Fischer Future Heat is a great choice for environmentally-conscious customers.

The Key Steps to Improve the Energy Efficiency of your Home.

With the UK Government pushing its ‘Net Zero Carbon’ initiative and urging people to choose renewables over fossil fuels, you may be considering investing in highly efficient electric heaters, boilers, solar panels or heat pumps. But before making that decision, it is crucial to review and improve your home’s insulation. In this blog we list down the key steps to improve the energy efficiency of your home. The importance of this is embedded in the fact that the reduction of heat loss from your property means you will waste less energy, hence optimally utilizing the heating products in your home.  

What is ‘Home Insulation’?

 Generally, good insulators are made of materials that have structural similarity to wool, which aid in trapping tiny pockets of air. Mineral wool, fibreglass and polystyrene are the most commonly used home insulation materials. Insulation will help you keep the rooms of your house at a desirable temperature, all year round, protecting you from the harsh winter and excess heat in the summer.

In a typical house, the walls account for 30-40% of the heat loss within the property. The roof – 25%. The floors – 20%. Usually modern houses are well insulated, but the same cannot be said for older properties. During winter, heat from within the home could be lost, causing your heating systems to over-work in order to try and maintain an optimal room temperature. This could cause a spike in your energy consumption and in-turn, exorbitant energy bills for you to pay.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that in a year, a typical 3-bedroom, semi-detached house could save up to £310 on energy bills by installing loft and cavity-wall insulation.

Improving the energy efficiency of your home.

As depicted in the diagram above, a poorly insulated UK home uses around 130 watts per m2 of heating. Taking the average house size as 100 sqm, the energy consumption in the poorly insulated property would be 13kW, or around 8 hours of heating per day, which would make the energy consumption 104kWh per day.

Loft Insulation
Double Glazed Windows
Cavity Wall Insulation
Floor Insulation
Fischer Solar PV and Thermostats

Follow these key steps and let us know if you have seen an improvement in the energy efficiency of your home. 

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