How heat pumps can keep homes warm without frying the power grid

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Heat pumps will help us address the climate crisis and the energy crisis, but flexibile solutions are necessary to avoid overloading the electricity grid.

We are in a winter of intersecting crises in the UK. After the record of maximum temperatures last summer and an unseasonably warm autumn, the climate crisis is an inescapable part of life. Meanwhile, the energy crisis continues to loom large over Europe with restricted gas supplies and people’s increased use of their central heating. Heating our homes with natural gas contributes to both of these crises by emitting greenhouse gases and making us reliant on a single fuel to stay warm, exposing us to shocks in the market. Currently, the heating sector in the UK is dominated by natural gas – with 85% or about 24.5 million homes using natural gas as their predominant source of heating.

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