Moving to zero carbon heating in homes is going to be a significant change to our heating patterns. Many of us have central heating with a gas or oil boiler. There is talk of gas boilers being converted to hydrogen – but this will take many years even if it happens. The majority of homes how have central heating and for these the obvious switch will be to a heat pump because that is by far the most efficient way to heat with electricity. However, heat pumps are best used to provide gentle heat over long periods whereas we are used to heating for short periods on demand. In this post we take a look at our current heating habits, as determined by the Energy Follow Up Survey, part of the English Housing Survey. You could be forgiven for missing the fanfare (there wasn’t one), but EFUS is one of the most significant releases of information about current heating practices in UK homes, only published once a decade. EFUS is a complicated survey of several thousand households, comprising questionnaires and, in some cases, temperature logging over several weeks in winter and summer. The original surveys were done in 2017, but temperature logging continued into 2019 and the latest reports have only recently been published.
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