47 per cent of the UK’s total carbon emissions comes from domestic heating, the majority of which is fuelled by gas boiler and central heating systems. As everyone knows, the government is keen to drastically reduce carbon emissions, and doing away with fossil fuels like gas is one initiative they’ve been working on for some time.
Its 2050 Pathways Analysis has looked at ways of achieving a low carbon economy and the resounding message is that a major move towards electric in the realms of industry, transport and heating is well on the cards.
Grid electricity is undergoing decarbonisation with the government increasing the number of wind farms, pushing solar, constructing nuclear power stations and broadening micro-generation.
The Energy Saving Trust issued a report stating that, as a result of this decarbonisation, after 2020 any home fitted with a direct acting electric heating system will output the same sort of carbon emissions as those with an A-rated gas boiler. And from 2050 onwards, electrically heated homes will produce lower emissions than those heated by gas using an A-rated boiler.
All good news. If you’d like to find out more about electric heating and the costs involved please get in touch.