40% of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions come from the way our buildings are lit, heated and used. Even comparatively small changes in energy performance and the way we use each building will have a significant effect in reducing total energy consumption.*

Whilst there has been much debate and differing methods of regulating sustainable housing over the past few years, making housing as energy efficient as possible is an important consideration when analysing the above statistic.

Installing intelligent water heating systems can help reduce energy consumption and cut costs whilst also delivering substantial environmental benefits.

The installation of heat pump systems is gaining popularity in the UK and is a serious contender when designing new builds or retrofitting existing residential water heating applications.

Heat pump systems use electrical energy to ‘move’ heat – as opposed to ‘generating’ heat, which makes them much more efficient compared to traditional electrical or gas water heaters.

By saving as much as 60% on energy consumption compared to conventional water heaters, both individual home owners as well as large Housing Associations can benefit greatly by integrating a heat pump system within an overall sustainable property strategy.


Tidyco Ltd has introduced the AquaThermic Heat Pump Water Heater to the UK market and works closely with both domestic home owners as well Housing Associations in order to deliver measurable water heating sustainability solutions to their properties.

The AquaThermic unit moves outside air to the inside of the heater. Outside air is heated up by energy from the sun all year round which is then transferred into the unit’s hot water tank. The process ensures that even in colder and darker months, there are still adequate amounts of solar energy for the system to work efficiently.
The AquaThermic has a COP (Coefficient of Performance) of 360% – this means that for every unit of electrical energy you put in, you get over 3.6 units of heat energy back. The maximum an average electric hot water system can do is only 95%.

The AquaThermic unit can also be installed outdoors. This added flexibility accommodates for individual interior living space requirements.

The AquaThermic Heat Pump Water Heater comes in two sizes:

AquaThermic 190L is suitable for 1-3 people family or 1-2 bedroom house
AquaThermic, 300L is suitable for 3-6 people family or 3-5 bedrooms house
Tidyco Ltd’s Climate Control Division employs a team of suitably trained, qualified and experienced engineers to support both home owners and Housing Associations in the design, supply and installation of heat pump water heating systems.

About the author

Barry Aldridge MCIM

Head of Marketing at Tidyco Limited and member of the Board of Directors for Midlands Rail Forum.