Gas boilers to 'be banned from 2025' – what it means for your home explained
When gas is produced, it releases carbon emissions into the environment, which in turn contributes to global warming.
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Up and down the country households are being warned that gas boilers could be banned from 2025 under plans to tackle climate change and help the world achieve its zero-emissions target.
It’s one of 400 measures being phased in to help tackle global warming, with other changes including a ban on the sale of high-polluting petrol and diesel cars by 2030.
When gas is produced, it releases carbon emissions into the environment, which in turn contributes to the overall climate problem.
To tackle it, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said no new fossil fuel boilers should be sold from 2025, except where they are compatible with hydrogen.
The IEA said the path to cutting emissions to "net zero" by 2050, which is needed to prevent dangerous temperature rises, is "narrow but still achievable".
Global warming of more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels can damage ecosystems and the earth through more extreme weather and higher sea levels.
Fatih Birol, IEA executive director, said: "The scale and speed of the efforts demanded by this critical and formidable goal make this perhaps the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced."
What it means for your home
There are warnings that from 2023, new-build homes will be required to have low-carbon alternatives, such as electric heat pumps installed instead of traditional boilers.
For everyone else, homeowners will need to have their old gas boilers replaced within the next eight years.
Right now, around 30,000 heat pumps are installed each year in homes in Britain, but the government wants to increase this to 600,000 a year by the 2028 target.
Ofgem has said it is also looking at different ways to making homes electric, such as by using electricity to power heat pumps.
Low-carbon heat pumps and networks could add £5,000 to the cost of a new-build, due to often involving underfloor heating and larger radiators. That compares to a £1,000 typical boiler.
However, replacing a gas boiler with a heat pump could save homeowners in a four-bed house £1,300 a year on their heating bills, according to figures from Rated People.
A report by More Than shows 49% of homeowners are planning greener improvements to their homes over the next 12 months.
When I read that piece above that 49% of homeowners are planning greener improvements to their homes over the next 12 months, my immediate response was BULL SHIT - ABSOLUTE BOLLOCKS. Who in their right minds wants to spend tens of thousands of £ when they do not need to and consider that if the government wants to change what has been a universally acceptable method of heating - cooking etc. regardless of the reasons being for a greener future - then the government is going to have to contribute through grants etc. to making any kind of change over to a new system. 49% of people who own their own homes do not plan spending a fortune on something they know nothing about and when claims are made on surveys, sure thing, I am going to take a world cruise next year and my income is above £250,000 a year and I am 36 years of age - SURVERYS ARE UNTRUSTWORTHY and claiming such a thing is only done to make you THINK you are the odd one out for NOT believing in this fashion and is designed to brain wash you into doing what is expected and making no demands from the government . I agree we all need to be a lot more green but making stuff up, making up lies and bollocks is NOT the way forward but true and accurate reporting where we - the public - can make up our own minds and not be lied to by government.
Around eight in 10 people said they hope to replace their gas boiler with green alternatives, with one in four wanting to install a solar water heating system. ( Bollocks )
Andrew Moore, at More Than insurance, said: “Homeowners have the opportunity to embrace greener alternatives to heat their home.
"By installing more energy-efficient heating systems, homeowners could save up to 8,700kg of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere every year, as well up to £183 on their annual energy bill.”
Absolute bollocks, Just an excuse to sell more products and NOT help the environment at all, it will be us the people and not government or corporate power that will make changes and lying to us in this fashion helps and serves no one. It's absolute bollocks.
British Gas many years ago threatened to BREAK MY KNEES if I did not pay a bill I proved eventually I DID NOT OWE AND IT WAS BRITISH GAS'S FAULT - yet I got threatened and have NEVER done business with BG since. Corporate bullies.