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British households have been urged to switch their gas boilers with heat humps to assist the nation reach net-zero climate targets. Yet the UK has the bottom rate of uptake of domestic heat pumps in Europe, with just 42,779 of the devices installed across the country last 12 months.

That is significantly below the UK Government goal to put in 600,000 annually until 2028.

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The UK installed 1.48 domestic heat pumps per 1,000 households last 12 months, in accordance with data from the European Heat Pump Association.

To fulfill 2050 net-zero targets, the Independent Climate Change Committee suggests that the UK needs an uptake of 15.3 installations per 1,000 households.

At the present rate of installation, it might take the UK greater than 600 years to satisfy the 27.2 million required to attain climate targets.

In response, Express.co.uk ran a poll from 1pm on Wednesday, July 13, to 2pm on Friday, July 15, asking: “Would you put in a heat pump to assist save the planet?”

Overall, 4,760 people forged their votes with the overwhelming majority, 95 percent (4,520 people), answering “no”, they’d not install a heat pump.

Nonetheless, 4 percent (181 people) said “yes” they’d, while only one percent (59 people) said they didn’t know either way.

A whole bunch of readers left their opinions of warmth pumps below the accompanying article in a vigorous discussion.

Nearly all of readers were against the thought of putting in a heat pump, with username Duderuffian writing: “I definitely won’t be installing a heat pump.”

Many argued that replacing their gas boilers with such devices wouldn’t help combat climate change, with username Servative writing: “No, since it won’t save the planet.”

Username BlueJaay said: “Installing heat pumps within the UK may have no impact globally on the world carbon footprint.”

One other reader, username InCognito said: “With the UK accounting for lower than one percent of worldwide greenhouse emissions.

“Anything we do on this country regarding greenhouse gas measures is a mere drop within the ocean and completely pointless in addition to an unnecessary expense.”

Secretary-general on the European Heat Pump Alliance, Thomas Nowak, said the UK Government must “make the cleanest heating solution essentially the most economically attractive.”

He added: “This will be done through the introduction of a carbon dioxide price and rebalancing of energy taxation.”

Meanwhile, some readers argued that they’d install a heat pump, with username Smalc saying: “If me installing a heat pump would ‘save the planet’, then yes after all I might. 

“Nonetheless, in point of fact heat pumps will do nothing of the kind.”

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