Gas boiler alternatives: Which system should you choose for your home?

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Installing natural gas boiler alternatives can have wide-ranging benefits for homeowners, including lower energy bills and a reduced carbon footprint, but with so many systems available, how do you know which one is right for your home?

Roughly 80% of UK homes are heated with natural gas boilers, but the government has targeted 2035 as a cut-off date for installations of these boilers in existing homes. 

  1. You’ll have lower bills: Lower-carbon heating systems typically cost less to run than natural gas boilers, and seeing as around 60% of average energy bills for the year come from gas boilers, according to Viessmann, upgrading a more efficient alternative could help with your monthly outgoings.
  2. You’ll use less energy: Most new gas boilers can be up to 95% energy efficient but boilers that are over 10 years old could have a drop of around 30%. Opting for a renewable heating system, such as a heat pump, which delivers more heat energy than the electrical energy it consumes, means you’ll waste less energy.
  3. They’re better for the planet: Low-carbon heating systems do what they say on the tin: they emit less carbon, utilising cleaner and sustainable sources of power.
  4. They’ll futureproof your home: Not only will a low-carbon heating system reduce the risk of carbon monoxide building up in your home, but you’ll be future-proofing and adding value to your house.
Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.