Rexel is advising British consumers need educating on the benefits of renewable heat following the recent publication of wave 2 of DECC’s Public Attitudes Tracker. The company’s survey highlights that 56% of customers have not heard of combined heat and power units, while nearly half (46% and 42% respectively) are unaware of air-source and ground-source heat pumps. However, the government is now ready to work on the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme for summer 2013.

The RHI scheme will work in the same way as the FiT scheme for solar panels introduced by Government in 2010. 

Rexel carried out a survey in July 2011, revealing that only 13% of the UK populace had heard of and understood PV feed-in tariffs. One year on, the latest DECC Tracker, shows that 82% of people support the use of solar.

“Legislation to encourage the adoption of these technologies, such as the RHI for renewable heat, can only take us so far,” said Brian Smithers, director, Rexel UK.

“It’s crucial that the industry comes together to share knowledge and educate, not only the consumer but also the developers, specifiers and installers who play such a key role in helping the UK to meet its carbon emission reduction targets,” continued Smithers.