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.
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and as the government continues to set carbon targets it is imperative that we find ways to make the switch from outdated systems to greener ones soon.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:
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.
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:
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.
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 CO2 in 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.
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.
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.
People often say that their existing gas or oil boilers are cheaper, which deters them from electric boilers, but what are the indirect costs of having a gas boiler? There are many, alongside the fact that they are simply unsustainable. Gas or oil may be immediately cheaper to the consumer, however we shouldn’t forget its cost to the environment- a cost which is far greater and long term than people want to believe.
Gas and oil are a finite resource which we mostly import from other countries, and when burnt, release greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. These gases damage the ozone layer of the earth’s atmosphere, making it more impermeable to UV rays from the sun. This results in less sunlight being reflected off the earth’s surface and back into space. This principle is what drives global warming, and in 2020 we are already feeling the impact of this through an increased frequency of extreme weather. Do we really want to continue the use of gas and oil if these are the detrimental consequences caused? Who actually pays for it?
The UK government have certainly taken this on board and have recently announced that gas boilers will be banned in all newly built homes by 2023, instead of the previously proposed date of 2025. Heating is the largest single source of carbon emissions in the UK, making up more than one-third of the total, so the government know that action must be taken sooner rather than later, in order to achieve their goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
So when people argue that gas is cheaper, we must pose the question of whether that singlehandedly makes it a better choice of fuel. There are indirect costs and consequences of a society reliant on gas boilers in their homes. Firstly, the government use taxpayer’s money to repair and fix damage caused by environmental disasters, which the use of gas boilers contribute towards. In the 2020 budget, the government announced that it will double its investment in flood and coastal defences in England to £5.2 billion over the next six years. Secondly, in major cities gas boilers are also a main source of nitrogen dioxide emissions. Decreasing air quality is only going to cause an increase in respiratory health conditions, which in turn increases the risk of premature death, leading to a rise in NHS costs.
The UK’s generation of electricity is already moving towards renewables and nuclear, which will increase air quality and the health of all Brits. Our energy security will also strengthen if we as a nation are able to meet our electricity demand without the need of imported fossil fuels. Furthermore, moving the ban of petrol and diesel car sales to a sooner 2030 is also another move as part of the prime minister’s green plan. If the government are showing clear signs of wanting to shift to a greener future, we must also support that by making greener choices ourselves, like the installation of electric boilers, so that we can all live more sustainable lives that not only benefit us, but benefit the planet.
Fischer Solar Storage
Winter is over, Autumn is far in the past and the clocks have changed to give us the longer days we’ve all been patiently waiting for. The sun is finally making a comeback and now is the perfect time to invest in solar panels and battery storage. But why?
As solar panels rely solely on PV, or photovaltic, which is energy which comes directly from the sun. Now we’re in to the warmer, sunnier months, you have the opportunity to harvest some of that sunlight we all crave and convert it in to energy to power your home.
Back in February, we launched our own line of solar panels and battery storage, offering the complete package for any homeowner looking to invest in renewables and power the future with clean energy. It’s like we’re always telling you – the future is electric, even more so following the most recent budget from the government, during which the Chancellor announced the gas levy will rise.
The Future is Electric
Before we know it, we will all be reliant on just electricity to heat and power our homes, and by installing solar panels and battery storage now, you can be ahead of the curve. In fact, the government have already banned the installation of gas in new build properties from 2025 and all types of loose house coal from 2021.
Fischer Solar & Battery Storage consists of a highly efficient solar PV system, running in conjunction with revolutionary battery storage technology.
The key part to our system is the battery. With a standard solar PV system, any energy you generate which is surplus to requirements is sent back to the grid and lost forever. You then have to buy it back when you need it at your unit rate, provided by your energy supplier.
No more Feed-in-Tariff
With the feed-in tariff being scrapped to new applicants in April 2019, and its replacement (Smart Export Guarantee) being rather lack-lustre for consumers, there is no sense in sending any energy back to the grid.
Instead, with Fischer Solar & Battery Storage, you have the option to hold on to your excess energy in a battery and use it at a later time. By doing so, you can utilise as much as 80% of the generated energy, as energy is only sent back to the grid once the battery is full.
Now is the time to invest
With those warm and sunny months approaching, installing your system now means you can make the most of this summer and generate as much energy as possible before that cloud coverage returns.
But never fear, as the panels rely on PV and not heat to generate the energy, they will still generate electricity during the colder months, even with some cloud coverage.
Our team of trained surveyors will carry out a free, no obligation survey to ensure you receive only the best in solar and battery technology and make the most of your roof space. We even carry out a virtual survey prior to the on site visit to calculate exactly how many solar panels you can install on to your roof.
Switch to a renewable energy supplier
Renewable energy is the future, which is why we have partnered with energy supplier Outfox the Market to offer an exclusive tariff to all of our customers, powered by 100% renewable electricity. – They are also offering the cheapest fixed price tariff in the UK.
So why is now the perfect time to install a solar system? Mainly, because those longer days of rich sunlight are upon us and of course, because – The Future is Electric
Request your free brochure today to find out more about how we can help you work towards a cleaner future.