The British government has announced the implementation of a new project in the field of residential heating. This project will allow landowners and homeowners to apply for heating grants to take care about the energy performance of their real estate.
Explanations of UK government
The Ministry of Finance explained that central heating grants will cover at least two-thirds of the cost of some household upgrades at the rate of up to 5,000 pounds per family. Low-income sections of the population will receive vouchers that will cover the full cost of the work up to 10,000 pounds. People will be able to use vouchers to install low-carbon heating systems, wall insulation, as well as to replace single-layer windows with double-glazed or triple-glazed windows.
The project should help low-income sections of the population gain access to much-needed funds to make their homes warmer.
The government announced that merchants of certain goods, plumbers and builders wishing to participate in the project must register for accreditation.
According to the authorities, the project has a wide range. It will help create several thousand jobs, build more than one and a half million square meters of commercial space and 45,000 homes, and save 65 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.
Ban to use of boilers
The UK plans to abandon gas boilers in homes and switch to hydrogen heating and heat pumps.
According to the government decree, from 2025 homes will be heated using different schemes for energy production. The ban does not apply to already built housing that has boilers. Government climate change advisers recommend a complete ban to distribute gas boilers by 2035.
Heat pumps, which are already used for heating residential premises, can be a real alternative to conventional boilers. Geothermal (using the heat of soil, ground or underground groundwater) and air (the heat source is air) pumps are among them. According to the government’s plans, starting from 2028, up to 600 thousand pumps will be installed annually in residential buildings.