The Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes

It is about time that I wrote in these posts about a United Kingdom body that in its quiet way does a great deal of good work in the field of emission savings by way of educating and exchange information across businesses concerned with energy in some way. That body is the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes.

Since 1999 the Partnership, as they like to call themselves has been carrying out its work. It provides a place where those involved in supplying products that use energy in homes or that provide heat and power to homes can meet, exchange views, educate themselves about government policy initiatives and speak occasionally to government and civil servants in order to create a better understanding of the difficulties that face us in future energy use and thereby try to develop solutions.

I cannot attend meetings of the Partnership as often as I would like to attend them, but whenever I have it has been a very pleasant and helpful experience.

There are over 550 organisations that now belong to the partnership, collaborating, learning, sharing experience and making representations to those in need of them and publishing reports. You can download the latest report from the Energy Efficient Partnership for homes by logging on to the link below. http://www.eeph.org.uk/uploads/documents/partnership/FINAL%20eeph%20web1.pdf

One of the matters that the Partnership deals with is space and water heating. The Partnership reports that space and water heating are responsible for 72% of domestic emissions, which in turn means 20% of all United Kingdom emissions. Usually (although the precise proportion varies from year to year according to the weather) two thirds of heat’s emissions are from space heating and one third from water heating. As the climate gets warmer and as homes become better at conserving heat the percentages will proportions will radically alter, possibly to water heating accounting for most of the heat energy in newly built homes.

This single fact makes you wonder why the government is at the moment doing so very little to promote household renewable heat, concentrating upon household electricity from renewable sources, as it has always done.

But old bad habits die hard and we must hope that the United Kingdom will adopt policies to exploit some of the easy emission savings that renewable heat, particularly from solar panels by creating a widespread programme for the installation of solar thermal systems delivering benign renewable heat across the country.

At the moment only a very tiny proportion of the Partnership’s time is spent on renewable energy. There are still very big savings of emission to be had from pure efficiency measures, like insulation and more efficient boilers, heating controls and the like, but more and more there is recognition that renewable technologies like solar water and space heating will play a critical role in reducing any nations emissions from homes.

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