Heat pumps can offer a viable alternative for many homes to transition from fossil fuel-based heating systems to a much cleaner system.
There is currently little data on how heat pumps operate over time after their installation, and what factors impact their performance. Community Energy Scotland (CES) are looking to target this head on with the Heat Pump Plus (HPPlus) project.
What will the project do?
HPPlus is looking to gather high quality data on the factors which dictate how effective heat pumps operate, and the impact energy efficiency measures can have. The project will collect information on the heating system in place; deploy energy monitoring equipment (to monitor the heat pump’s electricity consumption and in some cases heat output); capture participants’ heating habits as well as perception and understanding of the heat pump system. From this information, HPPlus will, where possible, propose measures to increase the performance of their heating system which could help contribute to energy savings.
Participants with installed energy monitoring equipment will have access to the real time data being collected. The equipment will then be gifted at the end of the project to allow continued monitoring by the homeowner.
The project will first focus efforts on Orkney, as a test bed before for the project’s approach, ahead of potential roll out in other regions.
Who is this project for?
- Those with properties in Orkney which are occupied all year round with heat pumps, or those who are scheduled to have a heat pump installed in the next 6-months
- Homeowners who would like assistance in understanding how effectively their heat pump is operating
- Those who are happy to actively contribute towards the data collection and are open to energy efficiency measures
How can I take part?
If you would like to find out more, or register your interest in the project if you live in Orkney, please contact:
Community Energy Scotland