New Non Gas BoilerS will cost you more, but Greta Wills It

A New Non Gas Boiler Will Cost You More, But Greta Wills It

So, now that the Covid “Pandemic” fear is easing off a bit, at least for now, we can expect a whole lot of new fears about global warming, or as we now have to call it, “climate change” to come to the fore in the controlled press. But Little Greta wills it and powerful voices above government have decreed it must come to pass, so it will now happen. And it is going to cost you.

So, where are we with this?

A ban on new gas boilers was initially proposed for 2025, but after concerns were raised about the up front costs to households, the government is mulling a delay. Crikey, the government listening, whatever next!

To help meet carbon emission targets, 600,000 heat pumps are to be installed by 2028 – well that was the idea anyway. Hydrogen boilers are also under consideration, but until the scientists can find a way of making them safer and less likely to blow up, (which is never a good outcome in someone’s home), these are still off the table for now.

There are two sorts of heat pumps available. Air source heat pumps pull heat from the air and increase the temperature using a compressor, which is used to heat radiators and water. Ground source heat pumps draw heat from pipes under the ground. They are supposed to be more efficient than the air pumps, which would seem to make sense, given that our climate is not especially warm.

Are Heat Pumps Really More Efficient Than Traditional Oil or Gas Boilers?

Heat pumps are powered by electricity, which is more expensive per KWH than oil and gas, but they are supposed to be more efficient than traditional boilers, or so says the Energy Saving Trust.

But much depends on the system used, the installation process and the nature of the home itself.

As an old cynic, I note the Energy Saving Trust often seems to like to compare the efficiency of these air and heat pumps with the worst rated gas boilers, those rated a “G”, not the more efficient newer boilers – which seems disingenuous to me.

So is there anything else should we be concerned about?

Well we know that poorly insulated and draughty homes lower the efficiency of the heat pump, which both raises running costs and actually increases carbon emissions.

Installation is not cheap either – a typical installation is currently in the range of £14,000 – and there is a major shortage of contractors that can do the work. (Maybe this is a good thing to get trained in for young people considering a trade!)

There is an incentive scheme from the government, called The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive , which is a grant to help reduce overall outlay. Mmm! My experience of past government schemes has been poor – grants were hard to get, the process of getting them tortuous, often they were not available to my tenants anyway and even if they were, they were not a good deal.

I will watch this with interest – and so should you.

Readers might like to check out my blog posts from 2018 and 2010, (link to the main tag at the end of this piece), which showed that the claims made for the energy efficiency of new gas boilers in the past was greatly exaggerated by the industry.

Like the Volkswagen emissions scandal, it took years for the realty to come to light (when someone actually bothered to check the data and do their own tests).

Energy Saving Trust Schmucks and Boilers

All the time, the schmucks in the EU, the government and the hapless Energy Saving Trust had spent years gobbling up the nonsense leading boiler makers had been peddling.

So forgive me if I remain a sceptic about these new air pumps.

But I do not doubt that they will come to pass anyway as the new Green Agenda is a big part of the so called “Great Reset” and the convenient “ever so nice fig leaf” to go along with the new Digital Society in which our every move will be controlled and monitored.

Finally, it is worth saying that even with the best, most expensive heat pump in the world and more cladding on your home that Vera and Jack Duckworth had in “Coronation Street” , the reality is that many terrace houses will never achieve the other ludicrous green target, that of an EPC rating of C. I have written about that here: Energy Performance Certificates of C for Let properties by 2025 – Letting Focus

Links to previous blog posts about boilers is here: Boilers – Letting Focus

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