Heat pumps? What are heat pumps?

UK: In a poll of 1,000 homeowners just 1% identified heat pumps as a renewable heat technology.

The research by the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors found that 73% of consumers were unable to name any environmental heat technologies without prompting.

The poll of  homeowners across England and Wales found that campaigns by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and efforts to encourage consumers to ‘go green’ are failing to get the message across about the benefits of renewable energy.

Only 27% of respondents could name one environmental heat technology, of which solar thermal panels were the most recognized with a response rate of 18%, wind turbines came next with 4% and the third named is tidal power (2%). Heat pumps were recognized as a renewable heat technology by just 1% of those questioned. When prompted, however, 42% claimed to have heard of heat pumps …

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