Survey: 59% of homeowners lack confidence to choose heat pumps

A new survey from Green Home Festival organisers the Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV) has uncovered a significant knowledge gap among UK homeowners regarding renewable heating technologies.

Alarmingly, 59% of respondents said they lacked the necessary information to confidently transition from traditional heating systems, such as gas boilers, to heat pumps and other renewable heating options, with only 26% of homeowners who took part feeling they possessed the requisite knowledge to make an informed decision.

The CICV says the findings underscore the urgent need for enhanced public education and strategic outreach by Westminster and the devolved administrations to ensure homeowners are well-equipped to support the UK’s ambitious climate goals.

And CICV Chair Alan Wilson highlighted the critical need for enhanced education on renewable heating technologies and said the upcoming Green Home Festival was specifically designed to address this knowledge gap.

Alan, who is Managing Director of SELECT, said: “These survey findings should be seen as a wake-up call, as they highlight the significant hurdles the UK faces in modernising its home heating systems.

“Transitioning to renewable heating options involves substantial investment, even with the available grants and funding. Therefore, homeowners must be fully informed of not only the environmental benefits but also the practical advantages, such as cost-effectiveness and enhanced heating efficiency.

“Addressing this knowledge gap is precisely why the CICV created the Green Home Festival. We aim to equip homeowners with the necessary information to make informed decisions about their home heating needs and support the UK’s climate goals.”

Running from 12-16 August as a key part of the official Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the third Green Home Festival will offer free advice on a wide range of topics, from introductory information on renewable heating to advanced energy-efficient solutions.

This year’s shows include:

  • Demystifying Passivhaus: Breaking down the process of building highly efficient homes tailored for newcomers and seasoned builders.
  • On-site heat pump demonstrations: Live demonstrations where experts will showcase how heat pumps operate and discuss their benefits and installation processes.
  • Exploring electric heating solutions and hydrogen for home heating: A look into the future of home heating with discussions on the latest in electric and hydrogen technologies.
  • Installing heat pumps in pre-1919 homes: Offering practical advice and sharing experiences on retrofitting older properties to meet modern energy standards.
  • Sustainable construction materials: Insights into choosing and utilising eco-friendly materials in construction and renovation projects.

Co-organiser Gordon Nelson, Scotland Director of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “The Green Home Festival is our proactive response to the clear need for greater public understanding of renewable heating technologies.

“We provide an accessible, expert-driven platform to dispel myths and offer practical, unbiased information that guides homeowners to transition to more sustainable heating solutions.

“Through these diverse sessions, the Green Home Festival not only educates but also inspires homeowners to adopt energy-efficient practices. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate the shift towards a net-zero future by making sustainable living accessible to everyone.”

  • Tickets for the Green Home Festival are free and available to book here.