Heating is responsible for a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, so making the change to renewable energy sources is top of the agenda for British households. With news about the Government investing in hydrogen replacements, how does this step away from CO2 affect you? Express.co.uk spoke to the experts to find out.
The switch to non-gas energy sources has been on the cards since the measures were announced in early 2019 and now we are only a few years from it coming into force.
What will replace gas boilers in 2025?
The Government’s 2019 announcement of the ban was originally scheduled to come into force in 2025 but has since been brought forward to 2023.
Estimated suggest 14 percent of all CO2 emissions are produced by our homes, with gas boilers making up the majority of these emissions – so it is not hard to see why renewable alternatives are being favoured in place of gas boilers.
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Top home repairs and services company Rightio has busted the misconceptions on the gas boiler ban to try and help people understand what is actually happening in 2025.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, they said: “One of the most prevalent misunderstandings around the ban is that people who already have gas boilers must change them before the 2023 deadline.
“However, this specific ban only applies to boilers in newly built homes from 2023 onwards. It means new homes must be built with a non-gas heating system.”
Popular misconceptions people have about this fast-approaching ban is being fined if they don’t replace their boiler, as well as the expense of a new appliance.
Some of this confusion is thought to be coming from the recent International Energy Agency (IEA) announcement that ‘fossil fuel boilers’ should not be sold from 2025 onwards and existing gas boilers should be replaced.
The IEA announcement has also led to a misconception that people who still have gas boilers by 2025 will be fined as much as £10,000.
Rightio explained: “The Government has not currently committed to the IEA’s recommendations, and there are no fines in place for people who don’t replace their gas boiler by a certain point.
“This doesn’t guarantee fines won’t be introduced in the future, but currently, the Government is focusing on offering incentives to homeowners who switch to greener heating solutions rather than punishments for those who don’t.”
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While the Government has not announced a requirement for gas boilers to be replaced, it is currently providing incentives for homeowners who install heating systems that run on renewable energy.
Since April 2014 the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme has seen thousands of people successfully join and receive payments.
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) pays out to those who switch to renewable heating systems, helping the Government reduce emissions and meet its renewable energy targets.
Ofgem says: “People who join the scheme and stick to its rules receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat it’s estimated their system produces.”
Benefits of switching
Aside from the fact a ban on existing gas boilers may eventually come into law, there are many benefits to switching to a non-gas boiler.
- Cost saving – fossil fuels cost more than renewable energy in the long run
- More efficient – newer appliances are more energy efficient
- Energy saving – low or zero emissions
- Adjustable settings and app controls – control from your phone
- Supported by financial incentives
- Planet saving – renewable energy is sustainable
- Future proofing your household – renewable energy is the future
Switching fossil fuel-powered systems with electric ones is a key goal but what is the cost?
- An electric combi boiler can cost between £1,500 and £4,500 for the system itself, with installation costs sitting at around £3,000. So in total, you’re looking at a total of around £4,500 to £7,500 for going green.
- While electricity currently costs more than gas to run, electric boilers are far more energy-efficient
- A lot of the maintenance costs associated with gas boilers will no longer be a problem for you if you make the switch to no-emissions electric, saving you £150 to £400 on repairs.
Other renewable options include:
Central heating pump (but it does also come with an upfront cost of around £6,000 to £8,000).
Biomass boilers – these boilers can cost upwards of £5,000 with additional installation costs, so it might not be the most cost-effective solution in terms of the upfront expense
At the moment, there is no legislation requiring people who have existing fossil fuel boilers to replace them.
Many experts expect this to come into place eventually, however, so it’s a good idea to start exploring the market.
Rightio recommends: “If your gas boiler is reaching the end of its lifecycle, this is a great opportunity to explore which greener option you could replace it with.”