Homeowners in the UK will be offered £7,000 grants to help replace their gas boilers in a new £400million scrappage scheme.
Plans have been pulled together to improve the Clean Heat Grants scheme for relaunch in April next year.
Earlier reports about the future of the scheme suggested ministers were examining the idea of a £4,000 ‘clean heat grant’ that would help pay for new green boilers from next April for two years.
However, The Times reports that the plans have had another overhaul with hopes of quadrupling the budget, with grants starting from £7,000 and extending the scheme to three years.
The scheme will help pay for close to 60,000 heat pumps to be installed and will see a large-scale advertising push to replace gas boilers.
The government has set a target to install 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028 – which cost £10,000 compared to £1,000 for a new gas boiler.
Heat pumps transfer a source of heat or warmth, such as the heat from soil in the garden, from one destination to another, such as a hot-water system in a home.
Compared to boilers, heat pumps use a small amount of electricity – often achieving a 200%-600% efficiency rate because the amount of heat produced is higher than the energy consumed.
The scheme is just one of several plans Boris Johnson has announced in recent weeks, including plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 and hopes to scrap all gas boilers within four years.
He has committed to achieving ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2050 – a target that could cost £1.4trillion.
Families will shoulder much of this expense – up to £400 a year per household – through having to replace their gas boilers and switch to electric cars, among other things.
It comes after a new UN climate report painted a bleak picture of the future without immediate action.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).
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