Myth : Rural areas have a low carbon footprint

Rural communities often have higher carbon footprints than their urban counterparts as well as significant quality of air issues. This is due to a number of factors: the need to drive longer distances, a lack of energy choice leading to the use of polluting fuels (coal, heating oil, wood), and the agricultural output of greenhouse gases

GHP

Heat pumps are appliances that simply take heat from one place, usually air or ground, sometimes give it a boost in temperature and transfer it to another. This is the type of heat you usually get in shops, hotels, restaurants, offices and other commercial buildings. It is a very effective and controllable method of heating and, where absolutely necessary, cooling medium to large buildings. The problem at the moment is that these are usually powered by electricity and they need a lot of it to do their job – remember most electricity generated in Europe comes from fossil fuel generation. In remote areas the burden on the electricity grid of these appliances can simply be too much for the infrastructure to bear. With LPG fuelled heat pumps you need only a low level supply of electricity because LPG takes all the heavy work of heating and pumping. This makes LPG air source humps the ideal choice for larger properties in isolated areas in Europe.

European Heat Pumps Association: www.ehpa.org