Homeowners will be offered subsidies of £5,000 from April 2021 to help them to replace their gas boilers with low-carbon heat pumps.
Up to 25 million UK homes are heated by a gas boiler and this new scheme has been put in place to reduce that number. The grants will fund 90,000 pumps over a period of three years. The government is wanting to reach their target of no new gas boilers to be sold after 2035.
While you & I will be encouraged to switch to a heat pump when our boilers need replacing, there is no requirement to remove boilers that are still working, the government emphasised.
An estimated cost of an air-source heat pump costs between £6,000 and £18,000. However, this is dependent on many factors such as the size required for your home and the brand you decide to go with. As well as this, homes and plots with enough space may also look to get a ground source heat pump which are more expensive & more environmentally friendly compared to other heating systems.
What do backers of the plan say?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “As we clean up the way we heat our homes over the next decade, we are backing our brilliant innovators to make clean technology like heat pumps as cheap to buy and run as gas boilers – supporting thousands of green jobs.
“Our new grants will help homeowners make the switch sooner, without costing them extra, so that going green is the better choice when their boiler needs an upgrade.”
Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng added: “Recent volatile global gas prices have highlighted the need to double down on our efforts to reduce Britain’s reliance on fossil fuels and move away from gas boilers over the coming decade to protect consumers in long term.
“As the technology improves and costs plummet over the next decade, we expect low carbon heating systems will become the obvious, affordable choice for consumers.”
What do the critics say?
Ed Miliband has reiterated his thoughts on the scheme and has said: “Families up and down the country desperately needed Labour’s 10-year plan investing £6bn-a-year for home insulation and zero carbon heating to cut bills by £400 per-year, improve our energy security, create jobs and reduce carbon emissions. People can’t warm their homes with yet more of Boris Johnson’s hot air but that is all that is on offer.”
The Head of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group Sir David King called for a “comprehensive strategy” on reducing emissions. Sir David has said this new Grant is “a small step in the right direction”, but that the “voluntary nature” will “threaten its rollout”.
What’s the next step?
Here at Radiant Heating, we have been installing Heat Pumps for as long as we can remember and the questions we have are:
- How is it going to work, will the payment be a one-off voucher, or will it be over a period of years?
- Will this new grant be applicable for new builds?
- How is this new grant different to the Renewable Heating Incentive Scheme & the Green Homes Grant?
- Why has more not been invested by our government to help the UK reach its environmental targets?
- Let us know what questions you have about the new grant and we look forward to hearing whether you will choose to make the most of this grant and replace your old boiler with a Heat Pump!