Popularity of heating methods in the United Kingdom (UK) 2020

During the winter months, most UK residents keep warm using gas central heating. In a 2019 survey conducted by the UK Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), it found that 85 percent of respondents used this method of heating. The next most common heating source was electric, with a combined share of five percent. Since 2014, the coldest month on record was February 2018, when the average temperature dropped to 2.4 degrees Celsius.

Majority of UK homes have central heating systems

  The share of households in the UK with central heating systems has increased significantly since 1970, when just 30 percent of households had central heating. By 2005 this had increased to 95 percent. Since then figures have remained relatively constant.

Renewable heating

   In a bid to lower UK carbon emissions, government advisors have called for low carbon heating to replace gas in all new homes built after 2025. A BEIS survey found half of respondents had never heard of renewable heat.

What is the main way you heat your property during the winter*?

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Release date

May 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 2020

Number of respondents

1,851 respondents

Age group

Special properties

UK households

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Other options included communal or district heating, solid fuel - biomass (e.g. wood), other type of portable heater, solid fuel (open fire/enclosed stove) - wood, solid fuel (open fire/enclosed stove) - coal, other or 'don't know'. Figures for these responses were not provided as less than 0.5 percent of respondents selected those options.

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