An unexpected side effect of the COVID-19 crisis is the effect the virus has had on the environment.
People are waking up to the benefits of lower carbon emissions as planes are grounded and the amount of traffic on our roads is slashed as Britons struggle to contain the spread.
So it seems like a good time to talk about the upcoming British legislation concerning boiler
installation and the environment.
Last year the UK government announced that that gas boilers will be replaced by low-carbon heating systems in all new homes built after 2025 in an attempt to tackle the escalating climate crisis.
Around 14% of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from homes and in 2018 emissions from housing increased – mainly from gas boilers.
Instead, new properties will be required to use alternative systems, such as biomass boilers and stoves, heat pumps, and solar hot water, to help the UK reduce its carbon emissions.
The changes will only affect new homes built after 2025, so you won’t need to replace the boiler in
your home just yet.
Currently, electric boilers are generally used in homes where natural gas is not available – more than
two million homes in the UK are without access to a mains gas supply.
Instead of burning fuel, they use electrical power to heat elements which then transfer the heat
directly to water.
Electric boilers are generally more expensive to operate than oil or gas boilers. It remains to be seen if the Government will tackle this as part of its attempts to curtail the installation of gas boilers.
Never be shy about asking a professional for advice, especially as there are technological innovations
in home heating arriving all the time. Great British Heating engineers can offer advice on installing an electric boiler, and are available to advise on heating if you are undertaking a self-build now or in the future.
If you are looking for a reliable and qualified heating engineer to repair or replace your boiler, call Great British Heating on 0800 131 0275.
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