The UK government has recently announced an extension to the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) until 2028 in an effort to further support households in transitioning to greener heating solutions.
What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?
The Boiler Upgrade Scheme was originally launched in 2022 as part of the government’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from homes and buildings. The scheme provided grants of up to £6,000 to help homeowners upgrade their old and inefficient boilers to more efficient air and ground source heat pumps.
So far the scheme hasn’t been able to hit it’s target of 600,000 installations a year, with just 7,641 homeowners having taken advantage of the grants so far. The scheme was due to end in March 2024, leaving many homeowners concerned about the cost of upgrading their boilers without the government support.
Thankfully, the government has now announced an extension to the scheme, which will run until 2028. This means that homeowners will have an additional four years to take advantage of the grants and upgrade their boilers to more eco-friendly alternatives.
Why is this good news?
Firstly, upgrading a boiler to an air or ground source heat pump can lead to significant savings on energy bills. Heat pumps are much more energy efficient as they aren’t creating heat but instead transferring it from one place to another. This also means that no heat is wasted in the combustion process.
Secondly, upgrading to a heat pump will assist in reducing your carbon emissions. According to the Committee on Climate Change, heating accounts for around one-third of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Upgrading to an eco-friendly alternative can help to reduce these emissions, making a positive impact on the environment.
Finally, the extended Boiler Upgrade Scheme will provide a boost to the UK’s green economy. The scheme will help to create jobs in the heating industry, as more homeowners seek to upgrade their boilers. This will help to support the growth of the low-carbon heating sector, which is crucial to achieving the UK’s net-zero emissions target.
In conclusion, the extension to the Boiler Upgrade Scheme is great news for homeowners, the environment and the UK economy. The scheme will help homeowners to save money on their energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and support the growth of the low-carbon heating sector. Homeowners who are considering upgrading their boiler should take advantage of the scheme while it is still available, as there are only limited vouchers claimable.
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