UK heat pump adopters open up homes to encourage others to ditch gas boilers

(The Guardian, 11 Apr 2024) VisitAHeatPump service allows householders to look and ask questions about low-carbon system.

UK householders considering swapping their gas boiler for an electric heat pump could see how they work by visiting an early adopter in their area.

A new service aims to help would-be heat pump owners to book a visit with households that already have one installed, through a website launched by the innovation charity Nesta.

The site, VisitAHeatPump.com, allows users to locate one of 150 households that have signed up to host interested visitors to look at their low-carbon heating systems.

Currently London and central Scotland have the highest concentration of heat pump hosts, while East Anglia is “becoming a heat pump hotspot” with 11 hosts advertising on the platform so far, Nesta says.

Katy King, a director at Nesta, said the service would make it easier for prospective heat pump owners to see how the devices worked in a real-life setting, and ask any questions they may have.

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The Guardian, 11 Apr 2024: UK heat pump adopters open up homes to encourage others to ditch gas boilers