Heat pump warning: Plan to force rural switch will ‘penalise’ two million homes

Heather Mason — the owner of a three-bedroom house, built in the 1970s, and powered by an LPG bottled gas -fuelled combi boiler with electric secondary heating — concurs.

She said: “Whilst I agree that everyone needs to work towards increasing environmentally friendly energy consumption, it is unfair to place short deadlines solely on rural homeowners.

“I had no prior knowledge of the government’s plans to phase out new fossil fuel heating systems and businesses by 2026.”

This deadline, she continued, “gives little time to evaluate our current system and the benefits and cost implications of more eco-friendly alternatives.

“Off-grid homes and families should be given the same deadlines and opportunities to manage their heating systems as on-grid families who will generally be more supported by their providers when change is required.

“I can’t see how decarbonising rural homes is going to have a massive impact on UK targets if urban homes, which outnumber their rural counterparts significantly, are allowed to continue with their current heating systems for an additional nine years.

Ms Mason concluded: “A fairer approach would be to enhance and improve the grid, making it more eco-friendly whilst extending the deadline to all homeowners.”

A BEIS spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “We need a mix of new, low-carbon heating solutions for different property types in different parts of the country — such as heat networks, electric heat pumps and potentially hydrogen.

“Replacing a gas or oil boiler with a heat pump will help protect households from rising fossil fuel prices, and we plan to reduce the cost of electricity to ensure heat pumps will be the best and most affordable choice for consumers.”

Replacing a gas or oil boiler with a heat pump will help protect households from rising fossil fuel prices, and we plan to reduce the cost of electricity to ensure heat pumps will be the best and most affordable choice for consumers

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