Yesterday, the government announced a £450 million boiler upgrade scheme, offering £5,000 grants for households replacing gas-boilers with low-carbon heating systems. The scheme does not specify what low-carbon system should be used although it repeatedly refers to air-source heat pumps.
It’s part of an ongoing initiative to decarbonise British housing by moving from gas to electricity but is this the best way to do it?
We have reservations:
We hope that when the renovation grants are written into policy, they will not commit the recipient to heat pumps but will support them in applying whatever approach will deliver the best cost and carbon efficiency.
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