Gas boiler ban explained: Is your boiler at risk – and could it cost you?

The Government is moving ahead with plans to replace gas boilers across the UK in favour of more environmentally-friendly energy alternatives. However, some homeowners may be concerned about the impact this change might have on their properties – and their wallets.

What is the gas boiler ban?

An estimated 14 percent of all CO2 emissions are produced by homes, with heating contributing to vast swathes of this figure.

In 2019, of the 85m tons of carbon dioxide emitted from UK buildings, homes accounted for 77 percent.

As part of a push to hit climate goals, and reduce CO2 emissions, the UK Government has announced plans to ban natural gas boilers from being installed in new-build homes by 2025.

Instead, builders must supply new homes with low-carbon alternatives instead.

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At the time of writing, the Government has not yet said this will impact homes with boilers already fitted, despite concerns homeowners may be forced to refit their existing boilers.

As part of a new hydrogen strategy announced in August, the Government is also exploring ways to enable or require “new natural gas boilers to be easily convertible to use hydrogen by 2026.”

Although no hydrogen boilers are ready at the moment, and there are some concerns over the practicality of their use, it is thought that they are likely to cost more money than a standard natural gas boiler.

Some other alternatives to gas boilers include electric or electric-combi boilers, central heating pumps and biomass boilers.

However, these options do incur additional costs for both purchase and installation.

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When does the gas boiler ban come into force?

The Government has said that by 2025 all newly-built homes must not be fitted with gas boilers.

By this date, all new homes must be heated using low-carbon alternatives.

The move is part of a wider push to reduce emissions to zero by 2050.

How do I know if my boiler will be affected?

Currently, there are no plans to “force” people to remove their existing gas boilers and replace them.

In May, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said it would work to “incentivise” people to switch their boilers to more environmentally friendly alternatives.

This is likely to be done using grants or other motivational methods such as the Renewable Heat Incentive which gives a quarterly pay-out to homeowners who buy a renewable heating system.

It added that it would push to ensure this was done in a “fair, affordable and practical” way.

Earlier in the year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said the Government should replace all “fossil fuel boilers” by 2025.

This led to some concerns that homeowners could be fined for not replacing their boiler.

Experts from home repairs and services company Rightio previously told “The Government has not currently committed to the IEA’s recommendations, and there are no fines in place for people who don’t replace their gas boiler by a certain point.

“This doesn’t guarantee fines won’t be introduced in the future, but currently, the Government is focusing on offering incentives to homeowners who switch to greener heating solutions rather than punishments for those who don’t.”

Under current plans, new homeowners are likely to be impacted first – as new-builds will be required to use low-carbon heating alternatives.

Homes must also be adequately insulated in order to preserve energy.

However, it is not clear whether or not this will impact the overall cost of buying a new home.