Majority of homeowners lack heat pump knowledge, says survey

A survey from the Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV) has found a knowledge gap among UK homeowners regarding renewable heating technologies.

The research found that 59% of respondents lacked the necessary information to confidently transition from traditional heating systems, such as gas boilers, to heat pumps and other renewable heating options. Only 26% of homeowners felt they possessed the requisite knowledge to make an informed decision.

Alan Wilson, Chair of the CICV and Managing Director of SELECT, said:

These survey findings should be seen as a wake-up call, as they highlight the significant hurdles the UK faces in modernising its home heating systems.

Transitioning to renewable heating options involves substantial investment, even with the available grants and funding. Therefore, homeowners must be fully informed of not only the environmental benefits but also the practical advantages, such as cost-effectiveness and enhanced heating efficiency.

Addressing this knowledge gap is precisely why the CICV created the Green Home Festival. We aim to equip homeowners with the necessary information to make informed decisions about their home heating needs and support the UK’s climate goals.

Running from 12-16 August as a key part of the official Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the third Green Home Festival will offer free advice on a wide range of topics, from introductory information on renewable heating to advanced energy-efficient solutions.

This year’s topics include:

  • Demystifying Passivhaus: Breaking down the process of building highly efficient homes tailored for newcomers and seasoned builders.
  • On-site heat pump demonstrations: Live demonstrations where experts will showcase how heat pumps operate and discuss their benefits and installation processes.
  • Exploring electric heating solutions and hydrogen for home heating: A look into the future of home heating with discussions on the latest in electric and hydrogen technologies.
  • Installing heat pumps in pre-1919 homes: Offering practical advice and sharing experiences on retrofitting older properties to meet modern energy standards.
  • Sustainable construction materials: Insights into choosing and utilising eco-friendly materials in construction and renovation projects.

Co-organiser Gordon Nelson, Scotland Director of the Federation of Master Builders, said:

The Green Home Festival is our proactive response to the clear need for greater public understanding of renewable heating technologies.

We provide an accessible, expert-driven platform to dispel myths and offer practical, unbiased information that guides homeowners to transition to more sustainable heating solutions.

Through these diverse sessions, the Green Home Festival not only educates but also inspires homeowners to adopt energy-efficient practices. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate the shift towards a net-zero future by making sustainable living accessible to everyone.