Gas Boiler Ban 2025: What do you need to know?
In March 2019, Philip Hammond, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time, announced that the UK would be introducing new energy standards as part of its commitments to tackling climate change and the country’s ongoing energy crisis. These reforms include what has come to be known as the Gas Boiler Ban 2025.
What is the Gas Boiler Ban?
As well as cutting carbon emissions by supporting energy conservation initiatives, the government has announced that the installation of fossil-fuelled heating systems in new homes after 2025 will be banned. Although it has been requested by the Committee on Climate Change that no new homes be attached to the gas grid at all after 2025, new builds may still be fitted with gas hobs. It is only gas heating outlets that face a blanket ban.
Why is gas heating being targeted?
Gas heating is a major contributor to carbon emissions. The residential sector was responsible for 18 per cent of all carbon dioxide emissions in 2018, and gas heating is the primary contributor to this number.
In this way, there has been a significant amount of pressure put on governments worldwide to do more about tackling climate change and reduce carbon emissions.
Gas is a primary target for regulation because it is a fossil fuel. What’s more, gas central heating is responsible for a high level of emissions because it involves combustion. In other words, the burning of carbon-based fuel produces steam and carbon dioxide.
So how will the new properties built after 2025 achieve the heating efficiency currently enjoyed by homeowners with gas boilers?
Fossil fuel and gas alternatives
Fortunately, there are fuel sources out there that can provide high-quality central heating whilst remaining compliant with the government’s new plans.
Renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower, for example, are excellent alternatives. Whilst these technologies are good news for the environment, it should be noted that their energy transference comes with a relatively low flow temperature if measured against a gas boiler. In this way, renewable sources that provide energy directly to the home or from the grid may not be able to keep up with demand.
There are, however, a few other renewable heat sources you may not have heard of, including:
Air source heat pumps
These devices extract heat directly from the ground, water or air, using it to heat indoor spaces and water.
Ground source heat pumps
A ground source heat pump (GSHP) can absorb heat from the ground either directly or indirectly. It works in either direct or indirect ways: by extracting water from an aquifer and subsequently re-injecting it or by utilising a ground heat exchanger.
Solar-powered water heating systems
Solar-powered water heating systems make use of solar panels fitted to the roof of an individual property. These panels collect the sun’s heat, using it to heat up the water kept in a hot water cylinder.
Whilst these heating methods may be a little more expensive than traditional gas boilers to buy and install, they will pay off in the long-run thanks to their lower running costs.
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It is important to note, however, that heating sources are not all that is needed to heat a home. You also need a system to help you run and control the heat. This will need to work with renewable sources of heat, so gas boilers will need to be replaced.
If you are looking to have a new boiler installed in order to save both money and the planet, get in touch with us today. One of our friendly team members will be happy to answer any questions and provide you with a no-obligation quote.