Solar thermal panels, biomass boilers, ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and so on… to all of us working in renewable energy, these renewable heating systems simply roll off the tongue. But how aware are the public of these systems? Could they list those four systems? Better yet, could they add to the list?
Low awareness of renewable heating systems
Recent statistics shared by BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) reveal that only 7 in 10 people had some awareness of solar thermal panels however their awareness of other renewable heating systems was low.  The 2019 statistics reveal that only 41% were aware of biomass boilers, only 36% were aware of ground source heat pumps and only 30% were aware of air source heat pumps. 
When asked about how aware they felt of renewable heating systems, 28% said they knew a little, followed by 23% who said they had heard of them but didn’t know anything about them, compared to 5% who said they knew a lot. 
Interestingly, the statistics revealed that awareness of renewable heating systems has declined over the years. It is noted that in December 2013, 78% of respondents were aware of the systems which, in December 2019, fell to 57%. 
It is apparent that not enough is being done to educate individuals on renewable heating systems. Not only can renewable heating systems help mitigate the effects of climate change, but homeowners could also save on their energy bills and take advantage of the government incentive, the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments.
What does HIES think?
At HIES we recognise how important renewable energy is to combat climate change. We want to actively help to educate individuals and ensure that property owners in the UK have a greater awareness of the importance and benefits of renewable energy in their homes.
Renewable energy is arguably still seen as ‘the other’ as opposed to ‘the norm’ and it is this mindset that must change for renewable energy to gain momentum and increase in popularity.
Adrian Simpson, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at HIES, comments:
“The Government has been very clear in their plans for net zero 2050 and to achieve a truly zero carbon future consumers need to know about renewable energy. Awareness and education should be backed by high levels of consumer protection and redress mechanisms. HIES work with government to reduce consumer detriment and raise industry standards in the renewable industry through the operation of our Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) approved code of practice.”
At HIES we have over 350 renewable energy installers who cover renewable heating systems and other forms of renewable energy such as home wind turbines, EV, solar batteries and much more.
If you are a renewable installer wanting to make a difference and to help protect and educate your customers on their renewable energy journey, get in touch with us to find out more about the benefits of our scheme on 0344 324 5242.
 All wave respondents – December 2019 (4212) – BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker (December 2019, Wave 32, UK)
 Awareness of specific renewable heating systems (based on all people), December 2019 – BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker (December 2019, Wave 32, UK)
 Awareness of Renewable Heating Systems (based on all people), December 2013 to December 2019 – BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker (December 2019, Wave 32, UK)