Will the Boiler Upgrade Scheme Actually Help Homeowners Save Money?

air source heat pump on outside of a home
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The government has finally published the much-anticipated Heat and Buildings Strategy, and while there are a number of funding commitments that may seem great on the surface, when we dig down they leave a lot to be desired. 

Under the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, grants of £5,000 will be offered to homes from April 2022 to fit an air source heat pump, with grants of £6,000 offered to fit a ground source heat  pump. There is a budget of £450 million, which may seem high, but that only amounts to 90,000 homes. Considering that there are around 29 million homes with gas boilers that number is not even a splash in the ocean. It is also way short of the government target of installing 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028. 

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.