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Major changes to home heating needed to meet carbon emission targets

Britain wants to reduce carbon emissions in 2050 by 100% of 1990’s levels. To achieve this target requires a change in the way homes are heated.

From 2025, it will be prohibited to install new gas boilers in newly built homes, so households will need to turn to alternative energy sources to heat homes. The Committee on Climate Change has said that most of the public are unaware of alternate energy choices.

The challenge is to change how homes are heated with minimum installation costs and low energy bills. According to a news article on the website DIY Week, the answer is underfloor heating. This type of heating operates at lower temperatures and retains heat after it is switched off.

Some people are put off underfloor heating of the perceived cost and upheaval of installing it, but new types of underfloor heating have been developed that are easy and cheaper to install and do not need the floor digging up.

The cost of installation is offset by energy savings. Electric underfloor heating can be powered by solar panels that make energy costs minimal.

Paul Woolvine, an expert on underfloor heating, said about this type of heating:

“We think these technologies could enable the government’s 2050 target to potentially become a reality by the mid-2020s. But, crucially, it needs to be straightforward for people to switch to more sustainable solutions and energy sources.”

Underfloor heating can be part of the solution to moving away from carbon-emitting fossil fuels.