Millions across the UK face £10,000 fines for their gas boiler
UK households face a staggering cost if they do not replace their old gas boilers under new rules if they do not replace their gas boiler by 2025.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has stated that gas boilers should be banned from 2025 to help fight climate change and achieve net zero emissions by mid-century.
The IEA says there is currently no room for new explorations or shipments of coal, oil or gas, with a proposal to ban new fossil fuel boilers worldwide from 2025, which could instead be replaced by sales of electric heat pumps.
Low carbon alternatives
The IEA has stated that as of 2025, new fossil fuel boilers should no longer be sold unless they are compatible with hydrogen.
Almost a third of the UK’s carbon emissions come from heating systems, and ministers have warned that this must be reduced quickly if the government is to fulfill its vow to make the country climate neutral by 2050.
If the government adopts the advice of the IEA, it means that new homes will have to install low-carbon alternatives to gas boilers instead.
Homeowners who already have a gas boiler may also need to replace it with a new environmentally friendly system if it fails.
The IEA wants homeowners who already have a gas boiler to replace it with a new environmentally friendly system or to undertake significant renovations to make it greener.
However, replacing them can be expensive as eco-friendly heat pumps typically cost around £ 10,000.
Octopus Energy said, “With over 1.5 million people replacing their boilers every year, there are huge profits to be made, but we need affordable alternatives.”
According to Bloomberg News, government officials are planning to introduce penalties for those who fail to comply with the proposed eco-rules.
Enforcement options “could include the threat of fines for violations”.
The fines are expected to be the focus of net-zero plans to be announced in the coming weeks.
Electricity only replacement
It is expected that households will only be able to be supplied with electricity in order to achieve the goal of net zero emissions by the middle of the century.
Some properties in the UK are already set up using electric storage heaters in the home as opposed to radiators.
Another option is to use a heating network to pump hot air and water through homes, although it is very expensive to install.
These use a refrigerant to absorb the natural heat present in the air, soil, or water, which is then transferred to the cold water system in a home, heated, and pumped to radiators and hot taps.
Despite the costly installation, the system would likely save homeowners a lot of money on heating bills in the long run.
There are currently around 30,000 heat pumps installed in the UK each year, but the government plans to increase that number significantly to 600,000 per year by 2028.
Since the pumps run on electricity, this can be done in a more environmentally friendly way, for example by using solar panels.
Another option would be to install boilers that use hydrogen instead of carbonized gas, which is much better for the environment as the only by-product of burning hydrogen is water.
Jonathan Brearley, Ofgem Managing Director, said: “Ofgem will announce millions of pounds of investment to create a more flexible energy system to support vehicle electrification, renewable energy generation and low carbon heating.
“Securing the investment is only half the answer. Climate change can only be addressed if consumers are involved in the process.
“For this to happen, the transition to a low-carbon economy must be fair, inclusive and affordable.”