Yesterday the government shared plans to drive down the cost of clean heat and incentivise people to install low carbon heating. From next April, households will be able to benefit from a £5,000 grant (as part of a £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme), to upgrade their fossil fuel boiler to a low carbon heating system such as a heat pump. Therefore, people choosing to install a heat pump will pay a similar amount to if they were installing a traditional gas boiler.
This press release states:
"No-one will be forced to remove their existing fossil fuel boilers, with this transition of the next 14 years seeing the UK’s households gradually move away from fossil fuel boilers in an affordable, practical and fair way, enabling homeowners to easily make these green choices when the time comes to replace their old boiler.
"The Heat and Buildings Strategy sets out how we are taking ‘no-regrets’ action now, particularly on heat pumps, whilst supporting ongoing trials and other research and innovation on our future heating systems, including on hydrogen. We will make a decision on the potential role for hydrogen in heating buildings by 2026, by learning from our Hydrogen Village pilot. Heat pump technology will play a key role in all scenarios, so for those who want to install them now, we are supporting them to do so."
Read more about the plans recently announced here.