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Electric Heating – Demand Side Response: Transitioning to Low Carbon

Electric Heat & Demand Side Response: Transitioning to Low Carbon

We hear a lot around reducing our carbon footprint of late – whether that’s from our vehicles, how we use our appliances, or even how we heat our homes and dispose of our waste. Yet – what does the future hold for this in terms of technology? To meet this requirement in the UK we have Demand Side Response, or “DSR”.

What Is DSR?

As part of initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, the 2021 Smart systems & Flexibility plan aims to enable flexibility from consumers. Demand Side Response outlines the need for “energy smart” appliances that allow changes in patterns of electrical consumption. This in conjunction with variance in tariffs and services hopes to bring about these changes. This initiative spans a variety of markets, industries and technologies and sits under a £65million Flexibility Innovation Programme.

Climastar, DSR, and You.

The Harmony range of energy efficient electric radiators by Climastar makes efforts towards this initiative due to the variable power feature under the Harmony Cruise Control (HACC) technology. With the varable rate of power, and only using what’s needed, this puts you in control of your energy use, and to help reduce your carbon footprint.

In combination with the Harmony Heating Cruise Control, you also have the option to set scheduled programs and only use your heating when needed. With the advent of open window technology, this also reaches towards energy efficiency with Lot 20 compliance. We feel they’re the best electric heaters for energy efficiency.

What does the future hold?

One of the larger benefits of DSR for consumers is the possibility to lower energy bills. With the DSR, we will see more and more energy smart devices enter a variety of markets. Non-energy smart devices will be less commonplace and will likely become more expensive for this reason.

It’s possible also we will see a difference in energy tariffs based on our energy smart device usage. We’ve already seen developments of this with solar source energy being specific to electricity tariffs in the UK.

There has been evidence of this showing itself in other ways too – for example in Spain. In Spain it has been in place that higher usage appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers and so on, can only be used at certain times of the day.

Equally in other locations where there is an excess of energy (such as production from wind power), there has been encouragement to use more energy – to save it from being lost or under-utilised.

In 2020, the UK National grid had a target for 30-50% of balancing capability from demand response, and hopes to save UK energy consumers £2.3bn by 2035 with the implementation of this initiative.

The need for flexibility is on the rise as more renewable power sources are installed in throughout the UK. Traditional power generation methods are now closing. This is due to the age of these installations, and due to taxation on carbon emissions with a mission to reaching net zero carbon by 2050.

To reach toward the Crisis / Opportunity analogy; this presents opportunity for a market with previously untapped potential. This could be from smart energy products, infrastructure or even in terms of consultancies which can help to drive further economic growth.

Next Steps

If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the Harmony electric heating system, you can request a free home survey from one of our expert Heating Consultants to see how Harmony by Climastar can help you become more efficient with your heating, and to lower your carbon footprint. 

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