'I'm sticking with gas!' Homeowners reject heat pumps as PM's plan backfires


In a bid to fulfil the UK’s climate ambitions, and to help households with rising energy costs, the Government has rolled out the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), which provides grants to encourage property owners to install low carbon heating systems in their homes. Through the BUS, Britons can get £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump, £5,000 for an air source heat pump, and £5,000 for a biomass boiler.

However, this plan has not gone as well as the Government would like, with many households replacing their broken down boilers with new ones that continue to run on gas.

According to new research by law firm Shakespeare Martineau, almost two in five Britons plan to simply replace their broken gas boilers.

Meanwhile, only 12 percent of those surveyed said that they would opt to buy an air or ground source heat pump

The astronomical installation costs are a major reason why households are putting off buying low carbon heat pumps, with many families believing that the technology could get cheaper before gas boilers are completely banned in the UK.

Earlier this week, Sir John Armitt, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission noted that gas boilers must be scrapped to help households tackle the cost of living crisis and go green.

Jim Woodley, from south London, noted that he just replaced his boiler in January with another, fearing it was “too early” to switch to heat pumps, according to the Telegraph.

He said: “Gas boilers still have a lot of life in them. I have a feeling that heat pumps will go the way of Betamax video and something else will come in and replace them.”

Meanwhile, James Bore, a 38-year old cybersecurity consultant from west London, said that his home – like many others – was unsuitable for a heat pump.

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