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Why gas boilers will not be banned from 2025

There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about the government’s plans to ban gas boilers in the imminent future, as it strives to set the benchmark for emissions - and it has got British homeowners worried. But is it really going to happen? We take a closer look.

Why homeowners are worried about the gas boiler ban

The ‘gas boiler ban’ is one of many big ideas that the government has put forward as it seeks to become a world leader in managing CO2 emissions and creating a sustainable future. Other wide-ranging changes have been reported heavily in the media, from a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles as early as 2030 to a ban on the sale of halogen and fluorescent lightbulbs. This is all part of a concerted effort to make the UK net carbon zero by 2050. Now, taking advantage of its independence from the EU, Britain is determined to get there before anybody else.

Changes are coming - but don’t panic

The message that is being shared by leading boiler manufacturers such as Worcester Bosch is not to panic. While significant changes are undoubtedly going to be seen over the coming years and decades, it will be business as usual for homeowners who currently rely on natural gas boilers as well as those who are currently considering a new boiler. As the experts at Worcester Bosch, the UK’s leading brand for heating and cooling products, explain in a recent customer video, "Don’t panic. The wheels won’t fall off - any gas boiler you buy now will run on natural gas for its lifetime."

So how is heating going to change?

The transition to a greener, more sustainable future will be first seen in new build homes, which will be designed and built to embrace renewable heating technologies. This means that rather than relying on traditional boilers, they will instead be fitted with alternatives such as heat pumps, which are able to operate with a much smaller carbon footprint in homes that are designed sustainably.

At the same time, there is likely to be a gradual shift in the types of fuels that traditional boilers use - and manufacturers such as Worcester Bosch are already ahead of the game. All Worcester Bosch boilers have the potential to run on a 20% hydrogen blend, and as hydrogen becomes more readily available, homeowners will gradually switch over to 100% hydrogen models when their existing boiler is due for replacement. By the 2030’s, Worcester Bosch aims to ensure that all of its boilers can be switched over to 100% hydrogen, with technology that allows homeowners to make the switch in just one hour.

Do I need to replace my gas boiler by 2025?

No. Although you can replace your existing gas-fired boiler should you wish to, there is no requirement for you to do this before 2025. While there is talk that only gas-fired boilers that can be connected to a hydrogen gas supply can be purchased in the future, no legislation or policy changes have yet been made.

However, if in future it becomes the case that only hydrogen-ready boilers can be placed onto the market, Worcester Bosch have already committed to having a full range of hydrogen ready boilers available.

Leading the way in innovative technology

With their British-made boilers leading the market for over fifty years, Worcester Bosch have always pioneered the latest in innovation, allowing homeowners to benefit from cutting edge technology combined with exceptional efficiency and reliability - and they are already rising to this next challenge. No matter when your boiler is due for replacement, you can be sure you wont be left out in the cold or out of pocket.

Want to know more? Speak to your trusted installer today

The best way to ensure that your heating system is future-proof is to speak to an expert today. Here at D.R. Plumbing and Heating, we’ve been helping homeowners to enjoy the comfort and convenience of cutting-edge technology for years, and are always happy to discuss your current and future heating choices. To find out more or to request a free, no-obligation quote, call us today on Wrexham 01978 291 923 or Mold 01352 620 125.

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