It’s been confirmed that landlords and other home owners in England and Wales will be offered subsidies of £5,000 from April to help replace old gas boilers with heat pumps.
The grants are part of the government's strategy to reduce carbon emissions from heating homes and other buildings.
As we predicted in recent days the government has declared that new gas boilers will no longer be sold after 2035.
While landlords and other property owners will be encouraged to switch to a heat pump or other low-carbon technology, there will be no obligation to remove boilers that are still working.
The government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy says homes are a large contributor to the UK's greenhouse gas emissions, representing 21 per cent of overall emissions.
Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng says the grants to support the adoption of heat pumps, available from next spring, would help reduce the cost of the relatively new technology by 2030.
Currently an air source heat pump costs £6,000 to £18,000, depending on size and energy generation.
"As the technology improves and costs plummet over the next decade, we expect low-carbon heating systems will become the obvious, affordable choice for consumers” says Kwarteng.
"Through our new grant scheme, we will ensure people are able to choose a more efficient alternative in the meantime."
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