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Bristol Heat Pump Ready

Helping people in North Bristol improve home energy efficiency with heat pumps and retrofit.

Heat pumps will play a key part in delivering low carbon heat to homes. Bristol Heat Pump Ready is helping make this happen.

Heat pumps are much more efficient than gas boilers. They provide comfortable, reliable heating and will reduce your home’s carbon footprint. Heat pumps could help you save money on energy bills, and they require less maintenance than gas boilers too.

With a free smart home survey, low cost finance and impartial independent advice options, we’ll help you find the right heat pump for your home.

Get in touch and we’ll support you through every step of your heat pump journey.

In the video below, David, who lives in North Bristol, is thinking about getting a heat pump. Would a heat pump be right for his home? What does he need to consider?
Like many homeowners, David is at the start of his heat pump journey.

More efficient than traditional gas boilers

Heat pumps aren’t a new technology. And while they’re still relatively unusual in the UK, tens of thousands are being installed in British homes every year.

Heat pumps are significantly more efficient than traditional boilers and use electricity, which is cleaner than gas.

In the video below, we return to David’s home to hear about the heat loss survey he has had done.

A heat loss survey is an important part of the heat pump journey, particularly when it comes to specifying the size of the heating system.

“Why shouldn’t I install a heat pump?”

We hear this question a lot! Heat pumps have a – we think – unfairly bad reputation. They’re very suitable for most homes, provided you have the right guidance and knowledgeable installers. While there might be several reasons you can’t get a heat pump – for example, cost, the space available in your home – the heat pump itself isn’t the problem.

Join us in this quick video with our Retrofit Coordinator Joe busting myths about heat pumps. Additionally, visit our heat pumps page for other answers to frequently asked questions.

Common myths about heat pumps explained

An air source heat pump attached to the side of a house in a garden in England
Air source heat pumps are an economical and low-carbon space heating option.

Did you know over a quarter of carbon emissions in Bristol come from using gas boilers to heat homes and hot water?

A heat pump uses electricity to extract heat from the outdoor air or ground, which heats water that is circulated inside the house through radiators. Heat pumps are typically about three times more efficient than the most efficient gas boilers or electric heaters, so you use less electricity while producing more heat.

Read more about how heat pumps work here.

Will a heat pump work in an older home?

In the video below, homeowner David and a CSE retrofit advisor Steve Cole, discuss the perhaps surprising results of the heat loss survey on David’s solid-walled home.

This video looks at the retrofit survey part of the process of installing a heat pump.

Bristol Heat Pump Ready is delivered by

Bristol Heat Pump Ready is part of a national programme administered by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero through the £1bn Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. Partners are Bristol Energy Network, Bristol City Council, The Green Register, Bristol Climate Action and Sustainable Westbury-on-Trym.

Bristol Heat Pump Ready is focusing on innovations across the consumer journey, supply chain and project pipeline.

Want to know more? See our FAQ page for more information. If you’re interested in a heat pump, you might be eligible for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) to help fund it.