with banning fossil fuel burning boilers green targets cannot be met.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that from now, there is no place for new LPG, coal, oil or gas exploration or supplies.
Time has come to implement extreme changes to how our homes are heated. Fossil fuel burning boilers were invented in the 1950s but now play no part in our future.
Everyone who needs to replace a failed fossil burning boiler will need to think before replacing this with another fossil fuel burning boiler. Everyone should explore other options.
Yes, this is a momentous task ahead but there is no other option. Homes across the UK will need to decommission their fossil fuel burning boilers and replace with an alternative heating system.
What options are available to homeowners.
Alternative heating systems
Electric radiators this means removing all the plumbing and change for cables they are generally expensive option from an installation point of view and the running cost.
You will also need to think about the hot water solution.
Solar thermal could be used for the hot water but this would only provide hot water during spring & summer mainly.
Install an eletric boiler this is also expensive to run.
Night storage heaters the are probably the most expensive of all options to run.
Heat pumps is going to be the main way homes and businesses heat and provide hot water. Air Source Heat Pumps are 3 times more energy efficient that boilers. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is available until March 2022.
There are a few more options but they wouldn’t be recommended as a longterm heating solution.
The Government RHI Payments is available from Ofgem subject to Aplication. This incentive is in place to encourage home and business owners to invest in future renewable technologies.
The demand will out way the supply because the expertise isn’t available in the UK to install heat pumps in the large numbers to achieve the level of installs.
With the RHI Payments offering domestic homeowners from £6,000 to £11,000 on average when they invest in an air source heat pump.
Ground source heat pumps pay more RHI Payments from £18,000 to £28,000 on average. Ground source heat pumps generally cost twice as much to install as an air source heat pump. This is because of the ground works that are needed, either boreholes or ground loops, both are costly.
Homeowners, renters and businesses alike – are being warned that gas boilers could be banned from 2025 under plans to tackle climate change. This will help the world achieve its zero-emissions target.
Changes need to be made now…