But Safe Energy SW are supposed to be helping homeowners to get grants for a Mains Gas connection? Right, though it means they’ll only stop the installation of GAS boilers by 2025-2050 not necessarily rip them out. To meet government plans to cut the amount of greenhouse gases being pumped into the atmosphere, they’re currently exploring both cheap and renewable sources of home energy such as electric or upgrade gas boilers to use hydrogen instead and possibly with heat pumps.
That’s according to a new action plan from energy regulator Ofgem, which warns that households face a massive shake-up of how they use energy and cars over the next 30 years. In Europe, some countries have put laws in place by 2040 to stop the production of petrol/diesel cars.
It comes as parliament has promised to slash the UK’s emissions by 80% compared to 1990 levels by 2050.
The problem is that when gas is made, it releases carbon emissions into the environment, which in turn contribute towards global warming.
Currently, just 5% of energy used to heat homes is from low carbon sources, while only 230,000 of the UK’s 30 million cars are electric.
Just last year, the government revealed that boilers and gas hobs will be banned in new-build homes from 2025.
How can I heat my home without a gas boiler?
There are a number of different ways to “decarbonise” heating, and Ofgem is exploring which method is best.
One option is scrapping gas boilers and instead using a heat network that pumps hot water and air through pipes to warm homes – something that’s currently used in some areas of London.
Another idea, which would again see gas boilers axed, is to just use electricity to warm homes.
Some households are already electricity-only, using storage heaters instead of radiators to heat their property.
But Ofgem says it could also look at different ways to making homes electric, such as by using electricity to power heat pumps since electric is costly.
Lastly, gas boilers could be upgraded to work with decarbonised gas, such as hydrogen.
The regulator says it’s too early to say how such a roll out could work in practice or whether there would be a cost to households, and there’s no timescale on when Ofgem will report back its findings.
Last year, energy experts said that low-carbon heat pumps and heat networks could add £5,000 to the cost of a new build.
That’s because they often involve pricey underfloor heating and costly, larger radiators.
Mark Todd, co-founder of price comparison site EnergyHelpline says the easiest way to go green now is to switch to a renewable tariff which you can find using a price comparison site.
He said: “The biggest and quickest action that anyone can do to reduce their carbon footprint is to switch to renewable electricity.”
“This reduces your annual carbon footprint by two tonnes and can often lead to a saving too.”
Will I have to get an electric car?
When it comes to motoring, around 10 million electric cars need to be on the roads by 2030, and 39 million cars by 2050 to meet the government’s emission targets, according to Ofgem.
In order to do this, no new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be sold after 2035.
Ofgem adds that electricity networks will need more support to prepare for an increase in demand, while the Committee on Climate Change reckons 3,500 chargers near motorways and 210,000 chargers in towns and cities will be needed.
That’s up from 30,000 public chargers currently installed.
Drivers could also be offered incentives to switch to electric cars, such as by making money selling excess electricity generated back to the National Grid – something some people with solar panels currently do.