By Paul Homewood

Replacing gas boilers with green alternatives could cost homeowners up to £25,000, MPs and peers have warned, as the Government announced drastic new emissions cuts.

Boris Johnson on Tuesday committed the UK to cutting carbon emissions by 78 per cent by 2035, compared to 1990 levels, as recommended by the Government’s climate advisory body.

The Government’s climate change advisers have called for a phase-out of new gas boilers by 2033. The Government has committed to installing 600,000 heat pumps, which work like a refrigerator in reverse and run on electricity, in homes every year from 2028.

Millions of the UK’s draughty homes will also need to be better insulated in order to preserve energy and keep homes at optimal warmth with low-carbon heating. 

Adair Turner, a former head of the CBI and a crossbench peer, on Tuesday said homeowners faced a bill of £10-15,000 just for insulation, before the cost of a heat pump.

He said “higher income people” should be expected to “simply sign a cheque for that”, but more help would be needed for those on lower incomes.

Philip Dunne MP, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said the costs of insulation were being underestimated by the Government, and could reach more like £20,000, with higher costs in older, rural homes, and significant disruption during retrofitting.

Mr Dunne said the policy would be “a blight on a lot of houses”, without any extra support.

The Government has been criticised for scrapping its flagship £1.5billion Green Homes Grant, which offered homeowners up to £10,000 toward insulation costs, just months after it was introduced.

Mr Dunne has written to business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, saying the closure of the grant leaves a „worrying gap“ in meeting energy efficiency targets for net zero.

I do wish dopey reporters like Emma Gatten would not use that stupid term “draughty homes”. It makes it sound like we are all living in rusty shacks with ill fitting windows and doors.

I might also question where she, Adair Turner and Philip Dunne have been for the last few years, because all of these costings have been well known about for a long time.

As for Dunne, maybe somebody ought to remind him that governments don’t have money. The £1.5bn Green Homes Grant was far too small to make any difference. If he bothered to get his calculator out, he could work out that an average cost of £25000 per home amounts to £675 billion, all needing to be spent in the next ten years or so. Where on earth does he think this money will come from.

Dunne’s Environmental Audit Committee has of course been at the forefront of calls to speed up decarbonisation, and thus bears direct responsibility for these crippling costs about to be placed on homeowners. A period of silence from him might be more in order!


April 21, 2021 at 04:09AM