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Welcome to our Going Green Guide, a hub of knowledge and inspiration for all things related to sustainable and renewable energy sources. In this category, we explore the exciting world of green energy, its benefits, the latest advancements, and its transformative potential for a greener and more sustainable future.

Within this category, we delve into various topics such as heat pumps, electric boilers, hydrogen boilers, solar energy systems, EV charging, energy-efficient technologies, green building practices, and innovative research in the field of clean energy. Our aim is to provide you with valuable insights, tips, and inspiration to embrace and support sustainable energy solutions in your personal life and within your community.

Whether you are an environmental enthusiast, a homeowner looking to go green, a student studying renewable energy, or simply curious about the future of sustainable power, this category offers a wealth of information to quench your curiosity. We encourage you to explore the articles, engage in discussions, and share your own experiences and ideas.

New Hydrogen Boiler Labels

Hydrogen Boiler Labels

Projects have been running behind the scenes in a bid to introduce hydrogen into our gas system. Ultimately, the goal is to decarbonise the UK, making homes more eco-friendly. As a result, there is an array of different boiler types, meaning new hydrogen boiler labels are necessary. Hy Deploy Project The first trial of the Hy Deploy project took place at Keele University from 2019 to 2021. The project involved simulating 12 years of boiler use using a

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Is Gas Engineering Still A Viable Career?

Gas engineering trainee working with copper pipes

With the increased media focus on gas prices, the environmental impact of fossil fuels, advances in hydrogen production, and the growth of the renewables industry, it is easy to believe that the use of natural gas has had its day and, in turn, as has gas engineering. The supply of natural gas is indeed getting scarcer by the year. It’s also indisputable that the use of fossil fuels is having a significant negative impact on our planet.

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What Is A Heat Pump?

Heat pump and hot water cylinder

A heat pump is an alternative heat source to gas or electric boilers. They produce hot water for wet central heating systems, distributing heat to radiators and a stored hot water cylinder. They work by harvesting heat from the environment (either from the air or underground). Air Source Heat Pump In the case of ASHPs, a fan draws in the air. This air then passes over an evaporator containing a refrigerant gas which harvests the heat from

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Domestic Heating Systems Explained

Trainees working in domestic heating systems

Heat pump technologies work more effectively with correctly designed domestic heating systems. But, before discussing the system design for heat pumps, it is worth examining the common system types used for domestic wet systems. The descriptions below are simplified and meant as a rough guide only. Conventional Domestic Heating Systems Conventional systems became affordable to the masses in the 1950s. They were popular until the 1970s when combi boilers were introduced. A conventional system uses a heat

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Government Announces An Increase To The Heat Pump Grant

Air source heat pump grant increases to £7.5k

We’ve been covering the UK’s journey towards a greener future, and in September 2023, Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak made an announcement regarding the heat pump grant introduced in 2021. When the grant was initially announced, the UK Government revealed that the treasury would be providing £450 million to the public to encourage households to install heat pumps. This was to be available via a grant of up to £5,000, with the hope that we would phase gas

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Gas Engineers Response To Decarbonisation

Gas engineer trainee in the workshop working on a boiler - decarbonisation

Over the past year, we’ve been looking into the decarbonisation of the UK, from eco alternatives available to what it means for the public and manufacturers. Now, we’re looking at what gas engineers themselves think about the switch. Depending on their speciality and how long they’ve been in the gas industry, opinions and plans vary widely. Some engineers aren’t planning on doing anything differently, while others are looking to future-proof their careers. There are plenty of options

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Renewable Energy: Fact Or Fiction

A stack of books alongside text reading "renewable energy - fact or fiction"

Everyone is talking about going green and renewable energy – from supermarkets and clothing brands to energy companies and the government. There’s no getting away from the fact that we need to act now to decarbonise the UK, but how we’re going to do that is where things get a bit confusing. Rumours have spread, and misinformation has been shared, so what are the facts and what’s just fiction? The UK Will Ban Gas Boilers By 2023

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Public Response To Going Green

Two engineers in the gas workshop shop - public going green

How Have The Public Responded? In the late 1970s, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) first expressed concern over human activities and our effect on the planet. (Source: Soas) Since then, people have made everything from small changes to completely overhauling their lifestyles. However, now more than ever, we’re seeing a significant difference in people’s attitudes and practices towards living greener. Living a more eco-friendly life has been on the rise for many years. You only have to look

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The Future For Newly Qualified Gas Engineers

Trainee gas engineers in the workshop - newly qualified gas engineerse

With the ongoing threat of climate change, nations across the globe are working to tackle it and move away from fossil fuels, but what does it mean for newly qualified gas engineers?  A day rarely goes by when climate change isn’t in the news – and for a good reason. Climate change has already had a significant impact on the world we live in. If things don’t change soon, they will only worsen. Year after year, the government

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Industry Response To Decarbonisation

White cast iron radiator

How has the industry responded to the decarbonisation plans for the UK? The 2020 budget report stated plans for the carbon from UK homes to be “virtually zero” in just thirty years. So what does this mean for the current gas industry? With most of the UK’s homes using gas for heating, could 23 million homes be removed from the gas grid? And can we do it soon enough to stop further negative impacts on the planet?

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