The Future of Gas Boilers After 2025
Gas boilers have been the staple of our households for generations – providing heat and hot water at a relatively low cost. Despite the great functionality of gas boilers, recently, they have been under intense scrutiny. While they are useful, their use comes at a cost. Widespread use of gas boilers poses a dangerous threat to our environment with their ability to contribute to the greenhouse effect and to produce carbon monoxide.
Present Day Gas Boilers
It’s not going to come as a surprise to hear that due to our production and consumption as humans, our world is undergoing some very harmful environmental events. Specifically, in the case of gas boilers, their use of fossil fuels and release of toxic carbon monoxide have not helped in our mission to better the planet. Despite their mass use, if we want to progress in decreasing our negative environmental impact, we must at least plan for a replacement in the future.
I know what you’re thinking. If you don’t have a gas boiler you might be asking yourself, how are you going to take a shower or heat your home in the winter? These are all valid questions that can be answered using alternative heat sources. It all starts with creating and enhancing policies that cultivate healthy environmental practices. Fortunately, countries like the UK have already gotten a head start in this department. In 2008, we passed the Climate Change Act that places the duty of the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to ensure that the UK’s carbon emissions are at least 80% lower than the 1900 baseline by 2050.
Furthermore, this policy goes on to introduce new measures to achieve these targets. Following this policy, the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) set the objectives to ensure that sustainable goals were being met. The goals set out by BEIS include the following:
Keeping the energy bill as low as possible: ensuring that The UK has a secure and resilient energy system: reducing carbon emission cost-effectively at home; and avoiding unreasonable upfront cost for consumers which could discourage home improvements. Additionally, to observe if these goals are being met, the Climate Change Act carries out an assessment tracking to see whether or not the UK is on course to meet its carbon reduction targets While factors, such as the first carbon budget and marginally changes in carbon change have been met, now, it appears as if our carbon emission has stalled. This means that it is, now more important than ever to grasp alternative methods of heating our homes before it is too late.
The Future of Gas Boilers
Fortunately, for us and our planet, alternative appliances to gas boilers have already started to be invented and even used in real-life situations. Particularly, hydrogen, heat pumps, and hybrids have been undergoing development to tackle this new challenge.
As opposed to carbon, hydrogen is more environmentally friendly and does not produce a toxic gas when it is burned. In terms of being used to heat our houses, researchers are looking to design a Hydrogen for Heat system that has the same functionality of fossil fuel in gas boilers but is much safer. Next, heat pumps are also being crafted because, as opposed to hydrogen, which can be quite pricey and difficult to store, this alternative form of heating is one of the only ones that maintain heating quality and cost-efficiency. Finally, hybrids that are classified as developments in heat pump technology are now becoming available.
Gas boilers are inevitably harming our environment. Nevertheless, despite their mass use, by the year 2025, the Committee on Climate Change estimates that no new-built homes will be equipped with boilers using gas grid system as power source. We must invest in alternative forms of energy that not only keeps costs low but also preserve our environment.