One of the UK government’s most recent environmental initiatives, in its bid to hit net zero emissions by 2050 is a ban on gas boilers, which could start as soon as 2025.
This new legislation aims to help reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in the UK by phasing out domestic gas use, which currently accounts for 14% of our greenhouse gas emissions.
But what does it mean for you? Will you need to replace your gas boiler within a few years?
This article will cover everything you need to know about this new legislation, including what it means for you if you own a gas boiler. We’ll also give some tips on preparing for the switch over to more renewable heating methods.
What Does the Gas Boiler Ban Mean for Me?
As part of The UK Gas Boiler Ban from 2025, no new gas boilers can be installed in new UK homes. It’s nearly five times cheaper to install a low-carbon heating system in a new home than it is to retrofit an existing residence. This is why the The government is starting with new homes first.
However, the ban is expected to extend to existing homes in some format from 2030 onwards. There is no clear roadmap regarding the next phase of the gas boiler ban at this stage, but it will likely arrive at some point within the next decade, given the pace of current legislative changes.
So what does this mean for you?
If you have an old and inefficient gas boiler, you may need to replace it by 2030 with a new type of ultra-efficient boiler that forms part of a hybrid heating system. But we are still a long way off that yet. If you have a relatively new and energy-efficient condensing gas boiler that is regularly serviced, then there isn’t any urgency attached to replacing it just yet.
Preparing for a More Renewable Heating Future
While there’s no need to panic if you’ve bought a gas boiler, we are slowly moving towards greener heating solutions. With 85% of the UK’s housing stock still heated by carbon-heavy natural gas, we still need to make massive strides as a nation to combat the fossil fuel emissions eliminating from our homes.
So what are some of the steps you are likely going to need to take?
Better insulation is critical in tackling the heat loss issues that plague our famously draughty homes. Having a home energy survey done will uncover where you can make a few simple changes that dramatically reduce the amount of heat lost and reduce your use of natural gas.
But insulation will only take you so far. Eventually, you will have to look at more renewable heating options to lower the carbon footprint associated with your heating.
Installing Renewable Heating Options
You might also want to look into installing solar panels for free hot water or even putting in some air or ground source heat pumps if your budget stretches far enough.
The Renewable Heat Incentive is a government scheme that you can already take advantage of. This initiative hands out quarterly payouts to homeowners who buy renewable heating systems, such as biomass boilers or air-to-water heat pumps.
In other words, you might be able to fund your switch to a hybrid heating system before the government enforces further measures on domestic gas boilers.
Will Gas Boilers Be Banned Completely in the UK?
While there is nothing in writing to say that gas boilers will be phased out in the UK, it seems this is the direction we are heading in as we aim to hit our climate change goals.
The UK government has set out a target to phase out the use of all fossil fuels by 2050, which means there won’t be any new gas or oil-fired boilers built in the UK from circa 2045 onwards in any case.
It’s likely that, as has been the case with internal combustion engine cars, legislation will come in, to speed up our transition over to renewable heating solutions. Only time will tell when exactly that will be.
Keep Your Gas Boiler Ready for the Future with Servicing and Repairs from GHS
It’s important to prepare your home with heating sources that will help you comply with legislation as and when it comes into effect.
Modern, efficient gas boilers are still an option for the foreseeable future. Plus, they can retain their current performance levels through regular boiler servicing (and boiler repairs where necessary) carried out by Gas Safe Registered GHS professionals.
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