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UK Could Have Slashed Gas Use With Higher Rates of Heat Pumps

A heat pump

A heat pump

Photographer: Leon Neal/Getty Images

If the UK had deployed heat pumps at the same rate as some other European countries, our dependence on gas would be significantly lower this year, analysis suggests.

An assessment from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) found that if the UK had already installed the same amount of heat pumps per 100,000 people as Estonia has, domestic gas use would be 34% less than in 2021.