Britons are being encouraged to replace their gas boilers with energy-efficient heat pumps to help save on energy bills. Property designer and presenter of the Channel 4 series Grand Designs Kevin McCloud has called for Britons to install a heat pump to help improve the energy efficiency of their homes. But will you install one? Vote in our poll.
He told The Telegraph last week: “[Heat pumps] are getting more efficient, but I’d say get one now.
“They’re still a little expensive but the point is that it’s not complex technology and it’s not really going to change in terms of the offer.
“All that is going to happen over the next 10 years is that they’ll come down in price because they will be produced in vast volumes.”
Despite the long-term benefits heat pumps will bring to energy bills, they have a high upfront cost.
Installation costs between £10,000 and £14,000 which is more than 10 times the average £1,500 gas boiler.
The UK Government launched the Boiler Upgrade Scheme in March which provides £5,000 subsidy to support Britons in replacing their gas boilers with heat pumps.
The aim is to make heat pumps more affordable and allow them to compete with traditional boilers.
Heat pumps operate like a refrigeration system in reverse by transferring the cold air outside to heat your home.
Octopus Energy has pledged to support Britons by driving the prices of heat pumps down further.
Octopus Energy CEO Greg Jackson told Express.co.uk earlier this month: “Heat pumps are the most efficient way to heat your home…they are three or four times more energy efficient (than gas boilers).”
He added: “Octopus is going to be driving this, and already to the right homes, we are installing heat pumps for a cost of about £2,500 after you have received your Government grant.
“Our plan is to keep driving down the cost so as the market grows, they will ultimately be a price that is not dissimilar to a gas boiler.”
So what do YOU think? Would you install a heat pump to improve the energy efficiency of your home? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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