04th December, 2023
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The cost of running an electric boiler can be high, especially if you live in the UK. Let's find out if a gas boiler is still more cost effective.
Amid the current cost of living crisis, it’s important that you are kept in the know and well informed on how best to manage your outgoing expenditures, such as monthly energy and heating bills.
Here at iHeat we’re experts in everything related to boilers, and in this blog we will be exploring if gas is a better fuel for your boiler than electricity.
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NO! The supposed ‘ban’ on gas boilers was initially announced back in 2019 with plans to take effect as of 2025.
The reasoning behind the ban is to help the UK reach its goals of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Some misinformed members of the public have already needlessly replaced their gas boilers due to the nature of panic purchasing.
In reality, the following is actually TRUE when it comes to the ‘ban’-
The ‘ban’ actually states no new build properties can be built with a gas boiler installed past 2025
It is still legal to buy and install gas boilers in any home currently, and to continue to do so in older properties (anything that isn’t a new build) beyond the 2025 deadline
There is no legal requirement, financial penalties or general onus to remove and replace your existing gas boiler before or after 2025
Yes, undoubtedly electricity does have certain plus points as a home heating system fuel and is mentioned far more now than in decades past as a relevant alternative fuel type.
Pros Of Electricity
Cons Of Electricity
Electric boilers tend to have a quieter operational volume
Electricity is a very expensive fuel, costing up to three times the price of gas
Electric boilers release no emissions
The electricity production process involves some burning of fossil fuels
Electric boilers don’t run on fossil fuels
Power issues may result in decreased or no hot water and heating
Electric boilers don’t require a flue or chimney
Electric boilers may not be able to cope with the heating demands of a larger property
No risk of carbon monoxide leaks
Electric boiler unit costs tend to be more pricey than gas alternatives
Pros Of Gas
Cons Of Gas
Gas boilers are far cheaper to run when compared with electric boilers
Not all homes are securely connected to the gas network
Gas boilers can meet a larger properties heating demands
Can require an annual service to maintain operational functionality
The popularity of gas fuelled boilers means there are a wider array of options on the market
Gas boilers are often a larger install than electric boilers
Newer gas boilers are very energy efficient
More moving parts mean there could be an increased likelihood of a fault
Gas boiler replacement is easy and convenient due to their greater availability
Exterior flue is required on the install site
Gas boilers are often cheaper per unit
Many new gas boilers are hydrogen-ready
A hydrogen-ready boiler is a boiler type that has the capabilities of burning both hydrogen and natural gas in order to provide a home’s heating and hot water.
Hydrogen-ready boilers use a 20% hydrogen blend with 80% natural gas, which would help reduce the owner’s carbon footprint…as well as their energy bills.
Also the owner would not have to buy a new boiler if the UK’s gas network switches fully to hydrogen, a simple conversion is all that would be needed.
While it’s evident that electric boilers are very efficient and can save money in the long term, If immediate saving and high efficiency are top of your list for a new boiler then yes, a gas boiler properly sourced can be the best option for cutting down your energy bills.
Gas boilers’ enduring popularity with millions of UK homeowners signals the fuel type’s trusted status in the modern heating industry and most of the best boiler brands are still producing these en masses.
Here at iHeat we want our customers to receive the highest quality products, that's why we stock a wide range of gas and hydrogen-ready boilers.
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