In 2025 traditional gas boilers will be banned from being installed in new build homes. Gas boilers will be replaced with more energy-efficient alternatives.
The reason this is happening is to help curb CO2 emissions and become a zero net carbon country by 2050. The committee on climate change in 2019 announced that 14% of emissions come from our homes, mainly from homes using gas boilers.
Protecting the planet is obviously something we all should be striving towards, but as always nothing is ever clear with the government so this left a lot of people wondering what will replace their gas boilers in 2025 and what this actually means for them.
Today we will look at some of the potential solutions for replacing gas boilers in 2025 along with what this means for you.
Boiler Ban – What does it mean for you?
The boiler ban in 2025 will affect all new homes built from that year onwards. All new builds will be required to have a more efficient heating system that is not connected to the grid.
This doesn’t mean that homes with current gas boilers will have to replace their boilers immediately or that they will be banned from existing properties, at least in the short term anyway.
Although boilers these days are energy efficient, they still require the burning of natural gas which gives off carbon dioxide which increases the emissions in the air.
Having a gas boiler installed means that you can’t use renewable energy sources and that is something the government is looking to fix with the gas boiler 2025 ban.
Gas Boiler Alternatives
Replacing gas boilers in 2025 will not be an easy task but there are solutions currently out there that can be used. All of these solutions will have positives and negatives and hopefully, some of the issues that could be caused will be resolved by the time the boiler ban comes into play.
At this time of writing some of the options to replace gas boilers can include:
- Heat Pumps
- Heat Networks
- Hydrogen Boilers
- Electric Radiators
Heat Pumps to replace gas boilers in 2025
Heat pumps use natural heat from the ground to provide energy to your home. They can be used in a variety of homes and have a long lifespan. However, they do have some disadvantages such as you need an entire network of pipes to make them work and this can be expensive.
Heat pumps could however be a solution to cutting down on emissions as they use renewable energy which will make your home greener. Other than cost, heat pumps don’t produce as much energy/heat as traditional gas boilers and they can also be much noisier.
Heat Networks to replace gas boilers
Heat networks could also be used to replace gas boilers in 2025 and they work by taking heat from a centralised source such as a power plant which then sends either hot water or steam to your home so you can heat it up.
As you can imagine, most of the UK isn’t adapted to use this sort of network at this time of writing so it’s not clear if this is a solution to the problem. As you can imagine heat can get lost along the way meaning that houses further from the power plants could get lower temperatures than ones living closer.
The viability of a heat network to replace gas boilers at this point doesn’t look realistic but time will tell.
Hydrogen boilers to replace gas boilers.
Hydrogen boilers could be a good alternative to replacing gas boilers in 2025 as there aren’t too many differences between using a gas boiler to a hydrogen boiler. Firstly these boilers look the same and you could even use your existing boiler cutting down on boiler installation costs.
Hydrogen when burned doesn’t produce carbon dioxide so is considered a less toxic gas. There are problems when considering switching to hydrogen however as it costs more money to produce hydrogen and storage for hydrogen gas is also more expensive.
These costs will then be passed onto the consumer so you will end up paying more in heating bills.
Electric radiators to replace gas boilers.
Electric radiators at this point in time could be the most realistic solution for warming your home without a gas boiler. Electric radiators are very efficient in transferring electricity to heat and 100% of the energy used will convert to heat energy, this shows how good electric radiators are, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any downsides to electric radiators.
Once again the cost of using an electric radiator is far more than using gas as electricity rates are often much more expensive than gas.
Other good points when it comes to using an electric radiator is that they are cheap to install, heat up quickly, can be controlled on an individual level making it easier to regulate temperature and usually they don’t require maintenance so it can cut down on costs that you normally associate with boiler servicing.
Solar panels to replace gas boilers
The heading above is kind of misleading because solar panels won’t be able to replace gas boilers fully but they could reduce your emissions by 60%.
Unlike traditional solar panels which produce electricity, solar panels used for heating your home take in the sunlight and then store the energy to heat up a hot water tank which is usually stored in an attic. This warm water is then used to warm your home.
The huge downside to using solar panels to replace your gas boilers is that in the UK we often don’t have many sunny days so there could be days where not enough energy is stored to warm your home.
Gas Boilers in 2025
So will gas boilers be banned in 2025? The answer is no. Gas boilers won’t be banned in 2025 and existing boilers installed in your homes will still be allowed to be used. When it comes to replacing your boiler after 2025 though you will need to use a different type of heating system within your home. If you don’t fancy upgrading to one of these newer systems in 2025 now may be a good time to buy a new boiler as new boilers generally last 10-15 years when cared for correctly.
In the meantime, if you need help with boiler installation or boiler repairs please get in touch for a quote.