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Oil and Gas Boilers vs. Air Source Heat Pumps

Our national dependency on oil and gas is incredible. When it comes to replacing your boiler, renewable-energy operated air source heat pumps are the ideal choice.

While air source heat pumps generally cost more to install than gas or oil boilers, the UK government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) means that over the course of the subsequent seven years, you can claim almost all of the money back. And, you’ll be saving a fortune on oil and gas costs too!

Sounds like a hassle? Our friendly team will take care of all of the RHI application forms for you.

Cost of Installation 

Yes, oil and gas boilers are cheaper to install. But with the government’s ambitious climate change targets, you can expect to receive payments over the following seven years that almost cover the cost entirely. With oil and gas boilers, you don’t receive anything back – so if you can afford it, it really is a no brainer.

If we take the most-guilty carbon dioxide contributor in the boiler game, a new oil boiler system including radiators and labour is around £6,000. An air source heat pump is around £9,000. However, if we take an average four bedroom semi-detached house as an example, you can expect to get around £7,000 back in RHI payments. On top of this, if you have your system serviced and maintained, you can expect around another £1,500. Meaning at the end of the seven years, you only paid £500 for your renewable heating system.

Reversing Climate Change

There are currently 1.6million homes in the UK using oil to heat their homes, with 70,000 new oil boilers being installed each year. For every one of those boilers, an average of 5.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide is produced from each of those homes! Around 28million homes in the UK use gas heating, emitting around 3.7 tonnes of CO2 per household.

An air source heat pump is classed as a renewable technology and it only creates 1.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide per household.

If we were to replace all oil boilers and just half of the current gas boilers in homes, we would be able to reduce our national carbon dioxide emissions by 8%, that’s a very quick win in reversing climate change.

Ongoing costs

Depleting fossil fuels have resulted in oil and gas boilers becoming increasingly expensive to run. By changing to an air source heat pump, you’ll dramatically reduce your monthly outgoings, all while reducing your carbon footprint.

The air source heat pump only requires electricity to power it, and if you have solar panels installed it can run from energy provided by these. It is essential to have your air source heat pump serviced and maintained to ensure you receive your RHI payments from the government, but you will more than make that back through your choice to go green.

Get in touch with our friendly team today to find out more about renewable heating solutions.