The Government’s “Future Homes Standard” has pledged to ban all fossil fuel boiler installations from new build homes by 2026. There will also be a ban on the more polluting off gas grid heating methods of coal, oil and LPG for existing homes currently off the gas grid by 2026 also. The Government have launched the Boiler Upgrade Scheme. This will give people a £5,000 upfront payment towards the cost of an air-source heat pumps. This grant is only for the first 90,000 properties. There are 26 million homes in this county so the grant won’t last long and is on a first come first served basis.
To clarify, the Future Homes Standard does not mean that anyone with an existing boiler will be forced to change them. It means that when the time comes for replacement, following the ban, you will not be able to replace them with a fossil fuel boiler. Also the supply of the fossil fuel itself may be banned as is the case with coal and wet wood from next year. Please see Section 18 of the Clean Growth Strategy, below.
There has been a great deal written about this ban on the internet. Some sites have stated that the ban is only for new build properties and will not effect existing properties. This is completely untrue. All fossil fuel boilers will be banned. Starting with new build and existing off gas grid boilers as they are heavier polluters.
When the time comes to replace your boiler you will have alternatives. At the moment you can still replace your fossil fuel boiler with another fossil fuel boiler, or you can chose an air-source heat pump now.
There has also been false information spread on the internet stating that air-source heat pumps are not efficient or do not operate well in winter months. This is completely untrue. Air-source heat pumps have been successfully operating in colder climates like Canada and the Scandinavian countries for decades. This false information is spread by fossil fuel boiler companies and fossil fuel suppliers. The fossil fuel industry do not want you to chose a renewable technology. They want you to continue buying their polluting products.
This company has received abusive telephone calls from certain fossil fuel organisations. They have threatened us with legal action if we do not stop telling people about the boiler ban. But we will continue to give people the choice and the facts.
Rolling out low carbon heating
17) Build and extend heat networks across the country, underpinned with public funding (allocated in the Spending Review 2015) out to 2021
18) Phase out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating in new and existing homes currently off the gas grid during the 2020s, starting with new homes
19) Improve standards on the 1.2 million new boilers installed every year in England and require installations of control devices to help people save energy
20) Invest in low carbon heating by reforming the Renewable Heat Incentive, spending £4.5 billion to support innovative low carbon heat technologies in homes and businesses between 2016 and 2021
21) Innovation: Invest around £184 million of public funds, including two new £10 million innovation programmes to develop new energy efficiency and heating technologies to enable lower cost low carbon homes