UK Homeowners' Uncertainty Over Boiler Phase-Out


A significant number of homeowners across the United Kingdom are grappling with uncertainties surrounding the government's plans to phase out outdated boilers.

Many households face significant financial implications associated with adopting approved heating systems such as heat pumps, estimated to cost anywhere between £2,400 – £14,050 to install.

This insight stems from a comprehensive survey conducted by, revealing that nearly half (48%) of homeowners have doubts regarding how the boiler ban will impact their individual properties. Moreover, a staggering 65% express scepticism about the availability of government schemes to facilitate a smooth transition.

These findings underscore the pressing need for clearer communication and enhanced support mechanisms to address homeowner concerns and facilitate the transition to more sustainable heating solutions.

As gas engineers play a pivotal role in guiding homeowners through this transition, it's imperative to provide comprehensive information and assistance to alleviate uncertainties and facilitate informed decision-making.

Considerations for households

Heat pumps and gas boilers are two common options for heating homes, each with its own set of advantages and considerations.

Heat pumps work by extracting heat from the air, ground, or water, and then transferring it into a building to provide heating. They operate efficiently, especially in moderate climates, and can provide UK homes with a sustainable method of heating. However, they may not be suitable for all types of homes. Factors such as space requirements, property age and upfront costs can be barriers for this technology.

It is estimated that over 23 million homes in the UK have a gas boiler to supply their home heating and hot water. Gas boilers predominantly run on natural gas (methane). However, the UK Government have approved hydrogen blending which allows up to 20% hydrogen gas being blended into the gas network, which will reduce the carbon emissions of home heating. This is expected to happen as soon as 2025. 

When deciding between heat pumps and gas boilers, several factors should be considered, including upfront costs, ongoing maintenance expenses, energy efficiency, environmental impact, and suitability for the property.