How has installation of our heat pump changed our energy consumption?


20 KS3 KS4 KS5 Citizenship Mathematics and Numeracy Science and Technology
Your school has recently had a heat pump installed. The purpose of installing the heat pump is to decarbonise your school’s energy. This means switching to a heating source creating less carbon dioxide. Most schools with a heat pump were previously heated with gas, a carbon based fuel, using a boiler.  Your heat pump is powered by electricity. 

Heat pumps are more efficient than gas boilers - delivering 3 or 4 times the amount of heat for the same amount of energy. In this way the amount of carbon emitted as a result of using a heat pump is lower than using a gas boiler. And the electricity grid is getting cleaner all the time, with a national target to completely decarbonise electricity generation by 2035. This means the carbon dioxide produced as a result of running a heat pump will reduce over time.

The heat pump will take over from the gas boiler in heating your school.  However this will mean a change in your electricity consumption.  The  attached worksheet will take you step by step through analysing your energy data to identify that change.

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