UK gas boiler ban- EXPERT shares what you need to know on fines, cost and benefits
Heating is responsible for a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, so switching to renewable energy sources is high on the agenda for UK households. Given the news of government investments in hydrogen replacement, how does this move away from CO2 affect you? Express.de talked to the experts to find out.
Switching to non-gas fuels has been on the agenda since the measures were announced in early 2019, and now there are only a few years left before they come into effect.
What will replace gas boilers in 2025?
The government’s announcement of the ban in 2019 was originally supposed to come into force in 2025, but has now been brought forward to 2023.
It is estimated that 14 percent of all CO2 emissions are caused by our homes, with gas boilers making up the majority of those emissions – so it’s not difficult to understand why renewable alternatives are preferred over gas boilers.
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Leading repair and service company Rightio exposed the misconceptions about banning gas boilers to help people understand what will actually happen in 2025.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, they said, “One of the most common misconceptions about the ban is that people who already have gas boilers will have to change them before the 2023 deadline.
“However, this specific ban will only apply to boilers in new buildings from 2023. That means that new houses have to be built with a non-gas heating system. “
The widespread misconceptions people have about this fast approaching ban are being fined for not replacing their boiler, as well as the cost of a new device.
Part of this confusion is believed to be due to the recent announcement by the International Energy Agency (IEA) that “fossil fuel boilers” should stop selling and replace existing gas boilers from 2025 onwards.
The IEA’s announcement has also created a misunderstanding that anyone who still owns gas boilers through 2025 will be fined up to £ 10,000.
Rightio stated, “The government is currently not committed to the IEA recommendations and there are no fines for anyone who does not replace their gas boiler by a certain point.
“This doesn’t guarantee that fines won’t be introduced in the future, but the government’s focus right now is on incentivizing homeowners who switch to greener heating solutions rather than punishing those who don’t.”
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While the government has not announced a need to replace gas boilers, it is currently offering incentives for homeowners to install heating systems that run on renewable energy.
Since April 2014, thousands of people have successfully joined the domestic renewable heating incentive program and received payments.
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) pays off to those who switch to renewable heating systems and helps the government cut emissions and meet their renewable energy goals.
Ofgem says, “People who join the system and follow the rules will receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat their system is estimated to produce.”
Advantages of switching
Aside from the potential for a ban on existing gas boilers to come into effect, switching to a non-gas boiler has many advantages.
- Cost-saving – fossil fuels cost more in the long term than renewable energies
- More efficient – newer devices are more energy efficient
- Energy-saving – low-emission or emission-free
- Customizable settings and app controls – control from your phone
- Supported by financial incentives
- Planet conservation – renewable energies are sustainable
- Make your household future-proof – renewable energies are the future
Switching from fossil fuel systems to electric is a major goal, but what does it cost?
- An electric combi boiler can cost anywhere from £ 1,500 to £ 4,500 for the system itself, with an installation cost of around £ 3,000. So in total you will see around £ 4,500 to £ 7,500 for the green light.
- While electricity currently costs more than gas, electric boilers are far more energy efficient
- Much of the maintenance costs associated with gas boilers will no longer be a problem for you when you switch to zero emission electric heating and you will save £ 150 to £ 400 on repairs.
Other renewable options are:
Central heating pump (but there is also an upfront cost of around £ 6,000 to £ 8,000).
Biomass Boilers – These boilers can cost up to £ 5,000 with additional installation costs, so this may not be the most cost-effective solution in terms of up-front costs
At the moment there is no legislation obliging people with existing fossil fuel boilers to replace them.
However, many experts expect this to take effect at some point, so it’s a good idea to start researching the market.
Rightio recommends, “When your gas boiler is nearing the end of its life, this is a great opportunity to find out what greener option you could replace it with.”