Gas Boiler Ban in Favour of Renewables
Following recommendations from the Independent Committee on Climate Change, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, recently announced a ban on gas boilers for all new homes, from 2025. Various ways of reducing fossil fuel as an energy source in new builds, have been mooted before, but an outright ban within 6 years, puts the measure in a formal setting. While gas for cooking will still be allowed for the foreseeable future, gas heating systems will not be a feature in new homes from 2025. The gas ban is part of an effort to reduce carbon emissions, as part of the UK’s role in tackling climate change. Up to 14% of emissions come from housing and a lot of the increase in home emissions, comes from gas boilers. So what will replace gas and what will builders and developers be installing as alternatives to gas heating?
Lower Emission Heating at Home
There are a range of options for heating your home, outside of traditional fossil fuels. Low carbon heating systems are not expensive options, when put into new builds. Retro-fitting costs more, but both options provide homeowners with energy saving and cost cutting heating. Heat pumps are increasingly effective and are becoming a go-to choice for homeowners. Underfloor heating has also come a long way in recent years and provides substantial heat at lower temperatures. Insulation is also key to maintaining ambient temperatures at home. Advances in insulation technology have meant that heat loss is less of an issue for householders. Making sure that you have an efficient hot water cylinder also goes a long way to cutting bills and reducing energy consumption.
All new builds have to have a renewable energy source. In 2025, the removal of gas central heating from new homes will mean that there will be an even bigger emphasis on renewable energy. Energy efficiency will also be paramount in cutting down on emissions. Of course, it benefits the consumer too, with lower bills into the future.
Heat Pumps & Underfloor Heating Options
In the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, alternatives to gas, such as heat pumps, are recommended to help reduce carbon emissions. Air source heat pumps which extract energy from outside, transferring it as heat to inside your home, are already becoming a mainstay in new builds. The heat pump uses the heat from ambient air, a free and renewable energy source. Heat pumps can also be integrated with radiators, underfloor heating systems and solar thermal systems.
Another good reason to consider moving to a heat pump sourced system is the availability of govt. grants for installing the pumps. You can find out more about the grant scheme here.
Underfloor heating typically runs at a much lower temperature than that required by radiators. It therefore uses less energy, keeping costs down, often saving between 15-20% on running costs. It can also be installed within a variety of different floor constructions. The different floor constructions comprise of solid screed floors, suspended floors and floating floors.
There are a lot of options other than gas heating and with the advances in technology, the renewable options can save your money in the long run as well as helping you cut down on your carbon footprint.
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