Electrical Contracting News (ECN) August 2016 - Page 34

SPECIAL FEATURE HVAC HOT TOPIC Chris Stammers at Dimplex explores the latest changes in energy policy, legislation and trends – and how they might impact electrical contractors when installing electric heating systems. H eating accounts for approximately 60 per cent of energy used in the home so it’s clear to see why it’s so important for homeowners to make the right choice in a bid to keep costs down. For more than two million electrically heated homes in the UK, this often means relying on electrical contractors to specify the right system. Any contractor installing an electric heating system must ensure it is cost effective, energy efficient and meets the specific requirements of the property and its occupants in terms of heat load, comfort and controllability. However, there is another critical factor that must be increasingly considered; energy policy. Strict (and ambitious) carbon reduction commitments are already leading to some drastic changes to the way in which energy is generated, distributed and stored in the UK, all of which could impact the future of any electrical contractor’s business model. New and updated government incentive schemes are also having an effect on demand, but with so many constant changes it’s not easy to keep up. Here is a summary of some of the biggest issues – and how they could impact your business. Brexit The energy sector, like many other of course, is facing a period of uncertainty since the nation voted to leave the EU on 23rd June. The Conservative government has already gone back on 34 34-36 HVAC – Dimplex.indd 34 18/07/2016 10:37