On Saturday 22nd April 2023 its Earth Day
It's an annual event that aims to raise awareness about environmental issues, drive positive action for our planet and promote the green agenda worldwide.
Around 1 billion individuals take part in Earth Day each year together with more than 75,000 partners and businesses across 192 countries, who work with Earthday.org to bring about meaningful change for our climate and planet, and low-carbon heating.
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Domestic buildings produced nearly 20% of all carbon emissions in the UK in 2021. To help meet carbon reduction targets, the residential heating sector is undergoing significant change.
Everyone in the trades needs to be ready; from new entrants looking to start a progressive and rewarding career in plumbing and heating or electrical installation, to experienced heating engineers and electricians looking to expand into growing markets, such as air source heat pumps (ASHPs), solar photovoltaics (PV), battery storage or electric vehicle (EV) charge point installation.
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Our flagship Green Energy Centre at Sittingbourne offers a wide selection of training courses with a focus on renewable energy training.
Alongside domestic and commercial gas ACS, new entrant courses, plumbing, oil, LPG, and electrical courses, we offer training courses in ASHP installation, solar PV, battery storage, low temperature heating and hot water and EV charging.
How can heating installers get involved in Earth Day?
Heating installers can use their expertise to help customers waste less energy and save costs while promoting their services. Here are some ideas:
1. Promote low-carbon heating systems
It’s no longer a simple case of gas for homes connected to the grid and oil if not. The heating landscape is more nuanced than ever before with low-carbon and renewable technologies working together to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Many customers could benefit from switching to low-carbon heating, either because they want to make their home more sustainable and/or they want to save money. For customers with modern electric heating or an ASHP, for example, adding solar PV and battery storage will enable them to generate and store their own ‘free’ electricity while benefitting from off-peak energy prices and smart tariffs.
Customers who switch from gas or oil to an ASHP benefit from a £5,000 grant under the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.
2. Encourage regular maintenance
Heating systems are one of the biggest energy users in the home. Systems that are regularly maintained operate more efficiently, consume less energy and cost less to run. Inspections and services are also a chance for heating engineers to recommend energy saving tips and advice which could lead to more work and/or recommendations.
3. Create informative content
People across the UK are feeling the pressure of increased energy prices and the ‘cost of living crisis’ yet almost 20% of UK homeowners set their thermostat higher than the recommended 18°C – 21°C.
To celebrate Earth Day, why not create some social media content explaining how homeowners can reduce their energy consumption while promoting your services? Or you could address some common myths about heat pumps, explain the benefits of solar PV or demonstrate how to bleed radiators to make them more efficient.
4. Check local retrofit schemes
Insulation helps to retain heat inside buildings leading to greater energy efficiency and lower costs. Even if you don’t install insulation yourself, you can still advise customers where it would provide a benefit. Check to see if there are any schemes in your area providing energy efficiency assessments or funding for roof, wall or floor installation, or new windows and doors.
5. Consider up-skilling
Or perhaps for Earth Day this year, you will commit to setting aside some time to consider the opportunities presented by the transition to low-carbon heating and renewables.
If you haven’t done so already, upskilling to low-carbon technologies, such as ASHPs, solar PV and/or battery storage could allow electricians and gas engineers to expand their services to meet consumer demand and tap into growing markets.
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