Helping tackle fuel poverty with free hot water

Jan 17, 2022

Did you know that over 4 million households in the UK live with fuel poverty? That’s 10.9% of households in England, 12% in Wales, 22% in Northern Ireland and a staggering 25% in Scotland. 

In an age of billionaires and world changing technological advances, how is this even possible? 

But what is fuel poverty?

According to the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) a household is in fuel poverty if they are left with a residual income below the official poverty line when they spend the required amount to heat their home.

The key factors that contribute to fuel poverty are how energy efficient a property is, the cost of energy and household income. With both the cost of living and the cost of energy continuing to rise, more and more households are finding themselves victims of fuel poverty.

How can heata help? 

Heata understands that solving fuel poverty will require a broad range of approaches, but they are ready to stand up and do their bit to help. And, with backers like British Gas, who own a 12.5% share in the company, they are focused on helping to provide free hot water to those who need it most. 

Heata is actively partnering with social landlords and affordable housing providers to install heata units onto domestic hot water cylinders up and down the country. Normally these data processing units are stored in large data centres and produce massive amounts of heat, and 20-60% of the data centre’s energy is used for cooling units down [1]. By re-using this waste heat and transferring it into domestic hot water cylinders, households will be provided with free hot water and the emissions from the computer processing will be reduced by ~40%. 

Is it that easy? Yes. With a British Gas approved ‘no plumbing’ process, heata can provide free hot water to households that need it most so they can reallocate their money elsewhere to improve their situation. In fact, as the network grows, they will even provide the internet needed to connect the heata unit, free of charge. 

Get in touch

Heata are on a mission to lower data centre emissions and provide free hot water to as many people as possible. So if you’re a landlord or affordable housing provider drop us an email and let’s work together to reduce fuel poverty. 

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1. Ni, Jiacheng & Bai, Xuelian. (2017). A review of air conditioning energy performance in data centers. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 67. 10.1016/j.rser.2016.09.050.

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