BOILERS breaking down can be an expensive and irritating problem. However, as the UK Government brings the ‘boiler ban’ for new-build homes forward to 2023, what does this mean for the future of gas boilers? Do you need a new boiler?
The UK’s Committee on Climate Change has said heating our homes is responsible for a third of greenhouse gas emissions in Britain.
Therefore, the government has been looking for ways to replace old modes of heating with more environmentally friendly methods.
Especially with the effects of the global fuel crisis hitting the UK over the past few weeks, you may be wondering about what the alternatives are.
In order for the UK Government to hit their target of net zero emissions by 2050, adaptations will have to be made.
Under the current plans from the UK Government, it looks as though from 2023 there will be a ban on gas boilers being fitted in new build houses. This was first proposed by ex-chancellor Philip Hammond in 2019.
There are no plans yet to make homeowners get rid of their oil or gas boilers.
Your boiler will not be affected by the incoming boiler ban, as this only applies to new-build houses.
However, it seems likely the Government will continue to introduce offers to make renewable alternatives more attractive to consumers.
The Government has already introduced schemes such as the Renewable Heat Initiative giving a quarterly bonus to those who choose a renewable heating system, such as a biomass boiler.
If your boiler breaks down, you might consider it as an opportunity to install a new renewable heating system, rather than continue paying to have your boiler repaired.
Switching from a gas boiler to a renewable energy heating system could save you money on your heating bills, as well as cutting your carbon footprint.
One option is to install air pumps in your home, these pumps can take heat from the air, and redistribute it into your house.
Ground pumps do a similar job by extracting heat from pipes underground and route it back into your home’s heating system.
These pumps use a lot less energy than traditional electric heating systems.
Biomass boilers that burn renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative, although they can be pricey to install.
Another option is to install solar panels on your roof.
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