It is a government policy few voters are likely to know anything about, and yet it is one that will change how tens of millions of people across the country do the most basic of things: heat their homes. Ministers are targeting the installation of 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028 to bring down Britain’s carbon emissions. However, the current rate is less than a tenth of that figure, while the financial and legislative support needed to reach it is absent. Heat pumps are expensive, at about £10,000 for a three-bed home, compared to £3,000 or less for a gas boiler. That, though, could soon change, with one company hoping to halve the upfront cost of heat pumps within 18 months and to reach cost parity with gas within three years. Inside a large warehouse in Slough are a pair of newly constructed houses that Octopus Energy believes will allow it to transform heat pumps in Britain from an expensive, fringe technology for the eco-minded elite to a subsidy-free, mass-market product.
Telegraph 13th Aug 2021 read more »
Boris Johnson is planning to launch a £400 million boiler scrappage scheme offering people £7,000 grants to encourage homeowners to buy low carbon alternatives. Dan Rosenfield, the prime minister’s chief of staff, has drawn up plans to revamp an existing scheme for Clean Heat Grants, which is being launched in April next year. It was due to run for two years with a budget of £100 million, offering people grants of up to £4,000. The Times has been told that the prime minister wants to quadruple the budget and run the scheme over three years with an increased starting grant of £7,000. The plans will help finance the installation of nearly 60,000 heat pumps, bringing the cost more into line with gas boilers. The government is also preparing to launch a significant advertising campaign for the scheme to encourage people to replace their gas boilers.
Times 14th Aug 2021 read more »