To meet strict carbon reduction targets, energy regulator Ofgem has said this could mean banning gas central heating from all homes by 2050.
By 2025, all newly built homes will have no have gas boilers or hobs. Instead, low carbon emission heating systems, such as electric underfloor heating, will be installed. This may add extra costs to new homes, but this can be offset by lower running costs.
By 2050, the gas central boiler ban is expected to cover all houses, newly built as well as older ones.
Chief executive of Ofgem, Jonathan Brealey, said:
“Britain has come a long way. It has decarbonised faster than any other major economy, but we must go further, particularly on heat and transport.”
There are several alternatives to gas central heating. Heat networks have been installed in some London areas. These pump hot water through a pipe network that serves several homes.
Homes can use electric-only forms of heating, such as storage radiators, but these can be expensive to run.
Electric underfloor heating systems are a good alternative. They cost less to run than other forms of electric heating and can be heated using solar panels, which significantly reduce running costs as well as reducing carbon emissions.
About 5% of energy to heat homes is from low carbon sources. Installing more underfloor heating powered by renewable energy sources can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of a household and help prevent further global warming.