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Households could be offered up to £ 7,000 from the government under a new scheme.
The Clean Heats grant will push to ban gas boilers by 2035 and gas in new homes by 2025.

In a bid to replace all gas boilers with energy efficient alternatives, households were initially to be offered a maximum of £ 4,000, but it is likely to be increased to £ 7,000.

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It came after the majority of Britons said they couldn’t afford to replace their gas boilers with heat pumps.

Currently, replacing your boiler would cost an average of £ 10,000, but by manufacturing more in Britain, companies believe the price will halve within 18 months to around £ 5,500.

And with new grants, that may mean the cost of an eco-friendly heat pump could be as low as £ 1,500 – the price of some boilers.

It comes after the Department of Energy announced a push towards the UK’s 2050 net zero target, the Mirror reports.

The government wants to install 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028. Currently, around 30,000 heat pumps are installed each year.

But hydrogen boilers are still in the testing phase in the UK with Worcester Bosch building a prototype.

Alternatives to gas boilers – what you need to know

Currently, around 30,000 heat pumps are installed in homes in Britain each year, but the government wants to increase that figure to 600,000 per year by 2028.

Ofgem said he is also considering different ways to make homes electric, such as using electricity to power heat pumps.

According to figures from Rated People, replacing a gas boiler with a heat pump could save four-bed house owners £ 1,300 a year on their heating bills.

But heat pumps and low-carbon networks could add £ 5,000 to the cost of new construction, due to underfloor heating and larger radiators. This compares to a typical £ 1,000 boiler.

What are the alternatives and how much do they cost?

We asked Thomas Goodman, construction expert at MyJobQuote, for advice on the low carbon options available to UK households and how much they cost to use.

“In 2019, the UK government announced its intention to ban gas boilers and encourage the use of low carbon options in UK households,” he said.

“Here are some more environmentally friendly heating options you may want to consider:”

Heat pumps

Heat pumps are an efficient green option that run on electricity. They work by using small amounts of electricity to collect heat from cold spaces, which is then released in warm areas.

Air and ground heat pumps are reliable all year round. They are also classified as a sustainable energy source because they use natural heat and do not emit any greenhouse gases.

The cost of installing a heat pump is considerably high at around £ 900 to £ 1,300. However, installing a heat pump qualifies for Renewable Heat Incentive Payments (RHI).

For a typical two or three bedroom house, you might receive around £ 1,300 for a ground source heat pump or over £ 2,500 for an air source heat pump.

Most families should expect a reduction in their energy bills when using a heat pump, as they produce a large amount of heat with little electric power.

Operating costs: Running costs range from £ 870 to over £ 1,000 per year for a four-person household for heat and water.

Installation cost: Ground source heat pump – up to £ 14,000, air source heat pump – up to £ 11,000.

Biomass boilers

A biomass boiler is a good green alternative to a gas boiler, because instead of gas they are mainly fueled by logs, wood chips, pellets. However, food, industrial and animal waste can also be used.

The process of burning materials is sustainable, because the level of carbon dioxide produced is equal to the amount released during the growth of the plant.

This ensures eligibility for RHI payments, as you can receive up to £ 2.85 per kWh with a biomass boiler, as long as you opt for a wood pellet stove.

Before investing in a biomass boiler, you should be aware of the high initial cost, as installing this type of boiler can cost between £ 5,000 and £ 25,000.

It can also take up a lot of space, so you need to make sure you have the right amount of space before you have the boiler installed.

Operating costs: You can save a lot of money with a biomass boiler, as the annual running costs for the average household tend to be £ 860 for a wood pellet model or just over £ 890 for a gas boiler. wood chip biomass.

Installation cost: £ 5,000 to £ 19,000

Hydrogen boilers

When fully developed, hydrogen boilers will run only on gaseous hydrogen or natural gas.

These boilers will not use carbon dioxide and can be made either from water using electricity as a renewable energy source, or from natural gas along with carbon capture and storage.

A hydrogen-ready boiler is intended to be a comparable trade-in for an existing gas-fired boiler, but the cost is unknown, with estimates ranging from £ 1,500 to £ 5,000.

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According to Checkatrade, it will likely take at least 20 years before energy companies can switch to a pure hydrogen gas grid.

Indeed, it is not yet known how it could be transported safely through distribution networks.

Converting home heating systems to transport hydrogen will also require new smart meters which may need to be moved outside and will likely require larger pipes.

Photovoltaic solar panels

Photovoltaic solar panels produce renewable electricity by converting the sun’s energy into electricity.

Options include roof panels or ground panels or solar tiles.

Cells work best at high temperatures.

Installation cost: 4 800 £

Solar water heater

Solar water heating systems, or solar thermal systems, use the heat from the sun to heat domestic hot water.

A conventional boiler or immersion heater can then be used to make the water even hotter.

The system works by circulating a liquid through a panel on a roof, or on a wall or floor system.

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The panels absorb heat from the sun, which is used to heat the water which is then kept in a cylinder.

Installation cost: 5 000 £

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