According to an article in H&V News, the number of electrical boiler and heating system installations is likely to overtake gas within the next decade.
The article also stated that a member of the Association of Registered Gas Installers said that residential landlords were increasingly replacing gas boilers with electric alternatives. What’s more, a number of high rise and flat developers were opting for electric central heating instead of gas. A Home Builders Federation spokesman also confirmed that electricity was the dominant energy source for heating in new build apartments, commenting that the reason for this was “…probably due to construction practice, since it is easier to fit electric heating than it is to install a gas central heating system.”
Giuliano Digilio, head of technical services at the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), said, “Many landlords are not returning to gas for various reasons and I’ve been predicting this would happen for years.
“Traditionally, gas was regarded as cheaper than electricity and so almost everybody installed gas central heating systems; very few people relied on electric heating. That has been changing over the past 20 years or so as the cost of electricity came down.”
“Also, as a result of the [more stringent] Building Regulations and new energy efficiency standards, the energy requirements of buildings are coming down.”
Because new and refurbished buildings are now required to comply with a higher level of double glazing standards and loft and cavity wall insulation, it works out that you need less energy to heat the average home, which is why electricity has become a viable alternative.
Giuliano Digilio added: “Developers are increasingly specifying that new apartments should have electrical heating systems because of lower installation and lower ongoing maintenance costs. Electric heating systems are also slightly cheaper.”