Zero carbon central heating, our pioneering new trial

29 June 2020 | OVO Energy

We’re on a mission! To kick the carbon out of our central heating. Did you know that the way we heat our homes counts for 15%1 of the UK’s carbon footprint? Something we all want to reduce. Well, here’s how we’re making a big start with our Zero Carbon Heating Trial… 

The government has picked us to launch a brand new trial that pioneers zero carbon heating – the largest of its kind in the UK. The project should change the way we heat our homes forever, and it’s a huge step towards zero carbon homes of the future.

We’ll be giving a selection of lucky homeowners a free heating system worth up to £15,000. Made for real houses – not just fancy new builds or innovative eco structures. This amazing stuff can slot straight into all sorts of different places.

Making a change: from dirty gas central heating to carbon-kicking tech

zero carbon heating trial

The reason we’re running this trial is to prove some things. Number one: that we don’t need to rely on dirty fossil fuels to heat our homes anymore. And number two: that this technology really is ready for the whole of the country to use. 

Because central heating has to change for the better. So many homes are powered by gas right now – a fossil fuel that causes 15%1 of the UK’s carbon emissions, through these out-dated heating systems. 

If we don’t change this, how else will we get our country to [net zero carbon emissions] There’s no getting around it. The longer we wait, the bigger the problem. By taking part, you’ll not only enjoy a greener home, you’ll help prove that low-carbon heating is cleaner, more cost-effective – and ready for everyone! Lots to feel good about.

It’s all part of our ultimate goal...

Which is to help our members halve their own carbon footprints by 2030.

We know it’s nearly impossible to get there alone. So we’ll keep on carrying out projects like this. Proving to any doubters that the new ways of doing things actually work. And helping to make bigger changes happen, on a much wider scale. The harder we all keep on working, the better for everyone – and the planet we live on.

The lucky homes in our trial get up to £15,000 worth of freebies!

Yep, you read that right. From the latest [heat pumps] to hot water cylinders, and even things like [loft insulation], we’ll be giving them everything they need to transform into zero carbon homes – when it comes to the way they’re heated, anyway. And all of those snazzy upgrades will be tailored to each house. So long as it’s eligible for the trial.  

There’s all kinds of incredible new tech out there, these days. Oh, and guess what! If you’re taking part, whatever you get will be yours to keep – even after our trial ends. Nice.

Want in? We’re on the hunt for homes in the South East of England

If you’re interested (and why wouldn’t you be?), you can find out more here.

And if kicking carbon is a passion of yours, check out OVO Beyond…

Upgrade your plan to OVO Beyond for 100% [renewable electricity]^2^ and 100% [carbon-neutral gas]^3^.

Plus, you’ll also gain access to Energy Spotlights, tailored to your home – these personalised insights will help you fight energy waste. Not forgetting [3 trees planted] every year, in your name4. Interested?

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Here are some easy and practical ways to reduce your carbon footprint and if you are not sure about the difference is between ‘eco-friendly’, ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’? Read our guide to these environmentally friendly terms.

Good to know…

We’re working with the UK government to run the trial. It’s fully funded by the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) via the Energy Innovation Programme’s Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project.

This figure comes from this report by the Committee on Climate Change and its Adaptation Committee. 

We buy our renewable electricity via renewable certificates (Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates (REGOs). See [here] for details on Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates and how these work. 

3 We buy our green gas via renewable certificates (Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin (RGGOs). See [here] for details on Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin and how these work. We offset the remaining emissions by supporting UN-led REDD+ carbon reduction projects that are certified to the Verified Carbon Standard

4 We plant 3 trees for every OVO Beyond Member through our award-winning I Dig Trees programme with The Conservation Volunteers. Tree planting can help to reduce carbon emissions by absorbing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Between April 2019 to March 2020 we planted at least 350,000 trees, bringing the total number to over 1 million trees planted since 2015.

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