What will replace gas boilers in 2025?

What will replace gas boilers in 2025?

Gas boilers have served us well in the past, but in line with the UK Government’s green initiative; the question many of us are asking is, what will replace gas boilers in 2025?

It is clear that UK consumers need a new, efficient and sustainable form of heating for their homes. The UK Government has set out targets to reach net zero carbon by 2050. With home heating accounting for over 30% of all carbon emissions, the way we heat our homes needs to change. The good news is there is a range of energy efficient heating solutions and in this article, we examine the best sustainable options available to replace gas boilers.

First things first…

 

Are gas boilers being banned? 

The UK Government has announced the ban of gas boilers in all new homes by 2025 to help combat climate change. Domestic gas boilers emit twice as much carbon dioxide as all power stations in the UK, reducing air quality and having a significant effect on climate change.

It has been reported that the use of gas in homes could be phased out by mid 2030s but eco-conscious consumers are already making the decision to switch to more sustainable forms of domestic heating, including electric radiators and electric boilers.  

Gas Boiler Ban

What are the best alternatives to gas central heating?

While old habits are hard to give up, customers have a range of options to consider when deciding to switch away from an old and inefficient gas boiler. But with so many options to choose from, and each manufacturer claiming their product is the most efficient and viable for your home; What will replace the trusted old gas boiler in your home? 

 

Air Source Heat pumps. 

Air Source Heat pumps are being pushed heavily by the UK government as the main replacement for gas boilers.

How do air source heat pumps work?

Think of how a fridge works and then reverse it. For a bit of extra detail, the air source heat pump extracts heat from the air, where a compressor then increases the temperature. Finally, the heat is transferred into the heating system in your home. 

The air source heat pump is powered by electricity and if the electricity comes from a renewable source, this solution would be a sustainable form of domestic heating. 

There are 3 main types of heat pumps currently available on the market: 

Ground-source heat pump – A ground source heat pump utilises the heat underground, and absorbs the heat through pipes installed beneath your garden. They provide both hot water and heating within your home. 

Air-to-water heat pump – An air-to-water heat pump absorbs heat from the air and in turns heats the water to provide heating via a central heating system. This heat pump also provides both hot water and heating within your home. 

Air-to-air heat pump – An air-to-air heat pump does not provide hot water. It only utilises the heat from the air to provide warmth through a circulation system like vents and ducts. 

How do air-source heat pumps workWhat are the advantages of Heat Pumps?

Heat pumps are reported to have a lifespan of up to 15 years compared to 10-12 years for a gas boiler. 

Heat pumps can utilise renewable energy making them a sustainable form of domestic heating. 

Government grants will be available, although it is worth bearing in mind that the available money will not come close to covering the actual cost of installing an air source heat pump.

What are the disadvantages of Heat Pumps?

Heat pumps may require larger radiators to heat your home efficiently. 

The compressor tends to be noisy making them potentially unsuitable for flats/apartments and terraced houses. (You may annoy the neighbours)!

Higher installation fees and the installation itself could be disruptive. 

Heat pumps may not be as effective during winter months. 

Heat pumps are not suitable for the majority of UK homes that suffer from poor levels of insulation.

Heat pumps cannot provide the same levels of heat and comfort that an electric heating system could provide.

Will Heat Pumps replace gas boilers and be the future of domestic heating? 

Although heat pumps are efficient, they have not proven to be as effective during winter months (when we need heating the most). They do perform well in insulated new build homes but the majority of UK homes are not insulated to that standard. Unless the insulation of millions of UK homes is vastly improved, it is unlikely that heat pumps are the answer when it comes to replacing gas boilers in UK homes. 

 

 Heat Networks. 

 Heat networks, also called district heating, consists of a distribution system of insulated pipes that transports heat from an external source, delivering it to a number of domestic and commercial properties. The source could be a combined heat and power plant that provides a dedicated supply to the heat network. The source of heat could also be heat recovered from industry and urban infrastructure, canals and rivers, or energy from waste plants- facilitating an ergonomic use of energy. 

Heat networks may replace gas boilers Advantages of Heat Networks. 

Heat networks could help reduce domestic heating bills. 

Heat networks are a space-saving solution as you have no use for a boiler in your home. 

This solution is supported by the UK Government as a low-carbon form of domestic heating and countries like Denmark have successfully implemented heat networks. 

Disadvantages of Heat Networks. 

The fan and the compressor of the heat networks could be noisy for some consumers. 

Heat networks would only work well in densely populated areas (urban areas) and not rural areas. 

Although the pipes are insulated, heat can be lost underground.

Heat networks are a fairly newer technology in the UK domestic heating industry. A number of tests and trails are yet to be conducted.

Will Heat Networks replace gas boilers and be the future of domestic heating?

Heat networks are only suitable for urban areas. In a grand scheme of things, although the UK Government is investing millions into this technology, the future of heat networks being a viable heating solution in the UK is still uncertain. Based on what we currently know, it seems unlikely that heat networks will replace gas boilers in UK homes. 

 

 Hydrogen Boilers. 

Similar to a gas boiler, a hydrogen boiler burns hydrogen instead of natural gas to produce heat. This heat is then used to heat water and provide central heating. 

Advantages of Hydrogen Boilers. 

Has the potential to be a sustainable and renewable form of domestic heating. 

Existing gas boilers could be converted in order to utilise hydrogen as a fuel- reducing installation costs. (Although this would come at a cost).

Hydrogen is non-toxic as compared to fossil fuels and burning it does not produce carbon

Hydrogen boilers Disadvantages of Hydrogen Boilers. 

 In short, no one really knows if a hydrogen boiler is a viable or realistic option. As it stands, 100% hydrogen-ready boilers are unavailable in the UK. 

Green hydrogen is very expensive to produce and will not be feasible for many UK consumers. Also, hydrogen boilers are not as efficient as electric boilers. 

Hydrogen is highly flammable and difficult to store and transport. 

Will Hydrogen Boilers replace gas boilers and be the future of domestic heating?

At the time of writing, it looks highly unlikely that hydrogen boilers will replace gas boilers as the home heating choice for UK homes. The many difficulties in creating enough ‘green hydrogen’ may prove too challenging to overcome to make hydrogen a viable choice. 

 

Electric Radiators. 

The typical electric radiator radiates heat stored within a heat-retaining medium, usually a thermal fluid or ceramic. Electric panel radiators on the other hand use convection (heating the air circulating within an enclosed area). 

Most electric radiators simply plug into a socket and are easy to install. An efficient electric radiator will utilize conducted heat, convected heat, radiant heat and stored heat. Night storage radiators have bricks within them to store heat. But modern electric radiators use more effective heat-retaining materials like Fischer’s chamotte clay-core.

Clay core radiatorWhat are the advantages of Electric Radiators?

Modern electric radiators are designed to distribute heat efficiently throughout the room. 

Electric radiators are 100% efficient at the point of use and can be controlled using a wireless thermostat or Wi-Fi-controlled using an app. This helps maintain an accurate temperature control and optimise comfort and warmth.

Compared to gas boilers, electric radiators are low-maintenance and do not require annual servicing. Modern radiators can also be programmed with a wide-array of energy saving features. 

Electric heating also has no primary carbon footprint making it an eco-friendly heating alternative to gas boilers. 

What are the disadvantages of Electric Radiators?

It’s no secret that electricity prices are higher than gas prices so some homeowners may see an increase in running costs. But with gas prices rocketing and reports of a change in how levies are placed on gas and electricity, these costs could soon be comparable.

Consumers may need to take some preventive measures, so that the electric system in the house does not overload. 

Will Electric Radiators replace gas boilers and be the future of domestic heating?

Unlike hydrogen boilers and heat networks, electric radiators have a proven track record as an efficient, safe and viable solution for domestic heating. With an efficiency of 100% (at the point of use) and no primary carbon footprint, electric radiators are an ideal replacement for gas boilers.

Unlike air source heat pumps, electric radiators work well in flats where space is a major concern, and are also suitable for rural properties who are not connected to the gas network.

Efficient electric radiators

Electric Boilers. 

 An electric boiler works on a similar principle to a gas boiler, except it uses electricity as an energy source. Just like electric radiators, an electric boiler is 100% efficient at the point of use and can provide both heating and hot water within your home. Homeowners can use existing wet radiators and simply swap out the old gas boiler and install a new electric one. 

As mentioned earlier, electric heating has no primary carbon footprint, making electric boilers an eco-friendly and sustainable form of domestic heating. 

 Advantages of Electric Boilers. 

100% efficient at the point of use and environment-friendly.

Electric boilers can be controlled using a wireless thermostat. This helps you to be in control of your heating and hot water at all times. An accurate temperature control facilitates an efficient use of energy.

With most electric boilers, you can keep your existing wet radiators and simply switch out your fossil fuel boiler with an efficient electric boiler. 

Unlike fossil fuels boilers, electric boilers do not require annual servicing and maintenance. 

Electric boilers also do not require an external tank or cylinder and modern boilers also have a fast heat up and quick recovery times. 

Disadvantages of Electric Boilers. 

Higher unit price of electricity. Although this may soon change in line with the UK Government’s green initiative and an increase in the gas levies. 

Depending on the size of the electric boiler, you may need a 3-phase power supply. 

Will Electric Boilers be the future of domestic heating? 

Electric boilers are an efficient and viable form of domestic heating thanks to the added benefit of working within an existing wet radiator system. Electric boilers can utilize renewable energy, making it a sustainable source of heating and are incredibly low maintenance, saving the homeowner money on annual servicing and repairs.

Efficient electric boilers

The Future Is Electric?

 Our planet has served us well, providing us with an abundance of resources. As a civilization we have exploited its resources and now the planet is in dire straits. We need to act fast in order to prevent further deterioration. 

Fossil fuel boilers that use gas or oil are a major cause of these emissions. 

Here at Fischer, we are unapologetic in our push for low-carbon heating solutions and are proud to be at the forefront of the renewable heating sector. 

We supply a wide range of sustainable forms of domestic heating like electric radiators, electric boilers, electric water heater, Solar PV & battery and smart electric vehicle chargers

Over the last 5 years, the UK’s total share of electricity being generated from renewables has increased by 20%. Using renewable electricity with our sustainable products is a smart choice made by eco-conscious customers. 

Conserve the environment and replace your gas boiler today! Request your free catalogue and free heating survey to know more about the best sustainable heating solution (s) for YOUR home. 

 

 

Most efficient heating systems

What is the most efficient heating system?

Living in the UK, we have become accustomed to the cold and unpredictable weather. To cope with the weather, we are highly reliant on efficient heating systems. With numerous types of domestic heating solutions on the market, every consumer wants the answer to one question: “What is the most efficient heating system?” 

The efficiency of a heating system may differ from property to property. In light of the UK Government’s Net Zero Carbon target and gas boiler ban; UK consumers are not only looking for efficient heating systems but also sustainable and renewable heating. Electric heating has the lowest primary carbon footprint out of all the other forms of domestic heating. 

 Gas central heating. The most efficient heating system?

 What is gas central heating? 

Gas central heating uses a gas boiler to heat water, which is then circulated throughout the house via pipes and wet radiators. This solution is only available to properties that are connected to the UK’s gas network. Gas central heating was a popular choice in the UK on account of the cheap gas prices, by virtue of the North Sea. But natural gas is a depleting resource and is not a sustainable choice.

The low supply and high demand for natural gas has led to the domestic gas prices in the UK spiking, causing a 250% increase in the supplier’s unit price. Usually, gas boilers provide both hot water and heating within your home. 

 

Gas boiler and tankAdvantages of gas central heating. 

Cheaper running costs – Gas prices in the UK are much cheaper than that of electricity. Although this may soon change and the UK Government is reviewing the green levies applied on gas and electricity (2% gas VS 23% electricity). 

Modern gas boilers are energy efficient – Modern gas boilers can be up to 90% efficient. Although the cost to upgrade your old gas boiler could be prohibitive. 

Easy to control – Many modern gas boilers come with a thermostat as standard. This helps you to be in control of your heating and hot water.

Disadvantages of gas central heating.

Bad for the environment – As gas boilers burn fossil fuels, they release carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. These emissions trap heat within the Earth, causing global warming. A recent study also found that the UK’s domestic gas boilers emit twice as much CO2 as all power stations. 

Gas boiler ban – The UK Government has announced the ban of gas boilers in all new homes by 2030. They are also planning on phasing out the use of gas boilers completely, in order to meet their Net Zero Carbon target by 2050. 

Needs regular maintenance – Gas boilers have a number of moving parts within them and require annual servicing. This could be a costly affair for some customers. This annual servicing is essential for rental properties and to keep the warranty valid. 

Not as efficient as electric boilers – Although modern gas boilers can have an efficiency of up to 90%, they are still not as efficient as electric heating systems like electric boilers. Electric heating is 100% efficient at the point of use. Gas boilers are not the most efficient heating systems on the market. 

Can be unsafe – If not installed correctly, gas boilers can be unsafe. Natural gas is highly combustible and leaks could lead to explosions. In the year 2020 (till April), there were 41 gas boiler explosion related incidents in the UK, causing death or injuries. 

 

 

UK Net Zero Carbon 2050Biomass heating. The most efficient heating system?

What is biomass heating? 

Biomass heating is similar to gas central heating. It uses a boiler which provides hot water and heating within your home. Unlike a gas boiler, a biomass boiler combusts sustainably sourced wood pellets. 

Biomass boilers burn logs or wood pellets to heat water, which in turn heats the home. Biomass boilers are usually much larger than conventional boilers. 

Advantages of biomass heating. 

Renewable – Biomass heating is considered renewable. It is much better for the environment as compared to a gas or oil boiler. The carbon dioxide they produce when they are burnt is offset by the carbon dioxide they (trees) absorb while they are growing.

Renewable Heat Incentive scheme – Biomass boilers and stoves also qualify for the RHI scheme. This means you would qualify for periodical payments over several years. 

Disadvantages of biomass heating. 

Space consuming – Biomass boilers are usually much bigger than gas or oil boilers. You also require additional space to store the fuel itself. 

 Higher upfront costs – The initial investment to purchase and install a biomass boiler is very high compared to other conventional boilers. Prices can range from £9000 to £21000 for automatically-fed boilers.

Fuel needs to be stored properly – If the logs or wood pellets are not stored in a dry place, the fuel will not burn efficiently. 

Biomass boilers need a lot of work – Unless you invest in a costly automatic boiler, you will need to manually feed the biomass boiler with the fuel source. It also needs to be cleaned regularly and the ash emptied around once a week. Biomass heating is not the most efficient heating system on the market. 

 

Biomass boilerLPG central heating. The most efficient heating system?

What is LPG central heating? 

LPG heating works on a similar principle to gas boilers. Although, they use LPG instead of natural gas. This can be a popular choice for consumers that are not connected to the gas network. LPG fuel is burnt in order to heat water. This hot water in turns heats the home through pipes connected to wet radiators. 

Some boilers designed for mains gas can be converted to utilise LPG fuel. 

Advantages of LPG heating. 

Efficient – A modern LPG condensing boiler can be up to 90% efficient. 

Less carbon – In comparison to oil boilers, LPG boilers emit 18% less carbon. This could help reduce the carbon footprint of your home, if you are currently using an oil boiler but it is important to remember that an electric boiler is considerably more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Compact and quiet – An LPG boiler is quieter and more compact than an oil boiler. 

Disadvantages of LPG heating. 

Not as efficient as electric boilers – Electric boilers are 100% efficient at the point of use. If you are looking for a highly efficient heating system, you are better off choosing electric heating over LPG. 

Higher fuel costs – The price per kWh of LPG is much higher than natural gas and oil. Using an LPG boiler may lead to an increase in your energy bills. 

Investing in a space-consuming storage tank – An LPG storage tank is essential if you are choosing this form of domestic heating. This could take up valuable space in your home. These tanks are also a costly requirement.

Regular fuel top up – The LPG storage tanks have a limited capacity. You will need regular deliveries of LPG so that you do not run out of the fuel and to not be felt in the cold, without heating. 

 

LPG central heating Oil central heating. The most efficient heating system?

What is Oil central heating? 

Similar to gas and LPG heating, oil central heating uses a boiler fuelled with oil which is burnt to produce heat. The heat generated in turn heats the water and provides heating within your home. 

The main difference between a gas and oil boiler is the storage of the fuel source. Unlike a gas boiler, an oil boiler requires a tank to store the fuel. This is a popular alternative for consumers not connected to the gas network. 

Advantages of oil central heating.

Relatively low cost – Oil being one of the cheaper fuels for domestic heating; using an oil boiler is relatively cheaper than many other heating solutions. 

Safer than gas – Oil is flammable, but unlike gas it is not prone to explosion. This makes it a safer choice as compared to gas central heating. Although, oil boilers do emit carbon monoxide, which is highly poisonous. 

No contracts – With no contracts, you have the option of changing suppliers at any time. 

Disadvantages of oil central heating. 

Inefficient – Although modern oil boilers can have an efficiency of up to 87%, these are not as efficient as electric heating or modern gas boilers. 

Harmful for the environment – It is no secret that fossil fuels are damaging to the environment. Burning oil to produce heat releases harmful gases into the atmosphere. The UK will not achieve net zero carbon targets if we continue to use oil as for central heating. 

Regular maintenance – Oil boilers require annual servicing. Not only the boiler, but the storage tank also needs to be maintained. 

Inconvenient – Unlike gas, oil is not supplied through a network of pipes. You would have to keep a close eye on the level of oil in the tank, and make sure you are topped up with fuel. This could be an inconvenience for some consumers. 

 

Oil central heating Immersion heaters/storage heaters.The most efficient heating systems?

What are Storage heaters and immersion heaters? 

Storage heaters utilise electricity as a source of energy. They are a popular choice for consumers that have a dual rate tariff. These heaters are designed to use cheaper night rate electricity. They absorb and store the energy and radiate this stored heat the following day. 

Unlike modern radiators that have columns or panels, storage heaters are usually shaped like a box, attached to the wall. 

Usually used in conjunction with storage heaters, an immersion heater is an electric water heater. Working on a similar principle to a kettle, this type of water heater is installed within a hot water cylinder. It uses electric resistance in the form of a coil or loop to heat the water surrounding it. 

Advantages of storage heaters and immersion heaters. 

Storage heaters:

Minimal maintenance – Unlike gas and oil boilers, electric storage heaters do not require annual servicing and are fairly simple to maintain. 

Cheap installation costs – Installing central heating could cost up to 3 times as much as storage heaters. The installation of storage heaters is fairly simple and does not require a lot of complex renovations in your home. 

 

Storage heaterImmersion heaters: 

Lower upfront costs – An immersion heater is one of the cheapest water heating solutions (in terms of initial costs). They do not need additional piping or a new ventilation system. Within minimal to no home infrastructure adjustments required, the installation of an immersion is quick and simple. 

Eco-friendly – Immersion heaters run solely on electricity and do not burn fossil fuels. On account of electric heating having no primary carbon footprint, immersion heaters are an environment-friendly alternative to fossil fuel boilers.

Back-up solution for older boilers – Immersion heaters act as a great back up for homes using old, inefficient boilers. In case your boiler breaks down or if there is an issue with the gas supply; an immersion heater can continue providing your home with hot water. This is because they run solely on electricity. 

Disadvantages of storage heaters and immersion heaters. 

Storage heaters: 

Bulky and unattractive – Storage radiators can be a bit of an eye-sore in a modern home. For some homes, the aesthetic of a storage heater is a bit old-fashioned and outdated. 

Poor heat retention capacity – Once the heat is stored, storage heaters cannot stop the heat from escaping and this leads to heat running out towards the late afternoon/evening. A lot of customers will then need to supplement their heating to keep them warm later on in the day. This lack of efficiency can come at a cost.

Lack of control – For the efficient use of energy, heaters need to be individually thermostatically controlled. With a storage heater, you do not possess this control over your heating. Usually the controls are very basic, showing 1-5 as a form of “control”. 

Not as economical as first thought – As mentioned before, the storage heater may lose all its stored heat by the late afternoon. During winter months, you may need an additional form of heating, at an extra cost. 

Immersion heaters: 

Time-consuming – A main issue with immersion heaters is that you cannot heat a small quantity of water. This solution has to heat the entire tank of water. This is time-consuming and not an efficient form of heating water. 

Not economical – If used without a thermostat, the immersion heater is left running- which is an enormous waste of energy. This could end up being a costly solution to heat water. Immersion heaters with thermostatic controls and insulating jackets are usually much pricier systems. 

Can be expensive– Buying a modern immersion heater, using titanium or incoloy can be expensive. The cheaper models use copper which are not viable when used alongside unvented cylinders, stainless-steel tanks, thermal store units or hard water areas. 

Immersion heater with tankAfter analysing the pros and cons of gas, oil and LPG central heating, along with biomass heating, immersion and storage heaters- it is evident that these systems may not be the future of the UK’s domestic heating industry. So what is the most efficient heating system on the market currently? 

Efficient Electric Heating. 

Fischer dynamic clay-core radiators.

Electric radiators are one of the most efficient space heating solutions. Our smart radiators have a 40mm clay-core for better heat retention. They are also low-input and easy to install. They can be plugged into a 13Amp socket. Their modern design not only pleases the eye, but also distributes heat efficiently throughout your room. Our radiators use convection, conducted, radiant and stored heat, to heat the rooms in your home from the floor to the ceiling. 

If sized correctly, based on your usage and the specifications of the rooms in your home; this solution can be very effective in distributing heat within your home. Our radiators are hand-made in our factory in Germany- this ensures superior manufacturing quality. Our efficient electric radiators are individually controlled using our exclusive wireless thermostat. This ensures that you will be in full control of your heating at all times. You can program them to turn on at specific times during the day and days during the week. 

Efficient electric radiatorsAquafficient and Aquafficient Eco+

The Aquafficient is a space-saving, instant water heater. It is the perfect solution for homes with limited space. The Aquafficient uses patented thermal storage technology through a highly efficient phase-change material. With no requirement for tanks or cylinders, this solution is a popular water heating solution for thousands of our customers. The Aquafficient is half the size of an average water cylinder, whilst being able to store heat for 4 times longer as compared to a domestic cylinder. 

Efficient water heaterThe Aquafficient Eco+ uses air-source technology, and is a sustainable water heating solution. It uses air as its main source of energy. It is highly versatile in terms of installation, and can be installed in the loft, airing cupboard, utility room or the garage. It has a robust tank within it, surrounded by highly efficient insulation. It has a power requirement of less than 10Amps. Unlike heat pumps, that may not be as efficient during the winter months; when the temperature around the Aquafficient Eco+ unit falls below 5 degrees C, the internal titanium heating element kicks in. This ensures that you continue receiving hot water at an optimal temperature at all times. 

Air source heat pumpThe Aquafficient and Aquafficient Eco+ are highly efficient heating systems. 

Fischer Electric Boilers

A popular solution for many homes currently using gas or oil central heating; the Fischer EB is an efficient solution for space and water heating. Like our radiators, our efficient electric boilers are handmade. Our boilers are an easy swap with your existing fossil fuel boiler. Not only that, you get to keep your existing wet radiators as well. With limited adjustments to your home, you can switch to a 100% efficient and sustainable solution. 

Efficient electric boilerRequest your free catalogue now and choose from a wide range of efficient heating systems.

In order to guarantee we are manufacturing and installing a heating solution/solutions best suited to your home, we offer a free, no-obligation heating survey as standard. You can request for a free heating survey at a time and date most convenient for you. 

Best Electric radiators

What are the best electric radiators

Domestic heating is a highly important industry within the UK. The average UK household uses 10,000 kWh of energy annually for space heating. As a country, we rely on heating for at least 260 days in a year. Gas boilers were a popular solution, but on account of the UK Government pushing for net zero carbon and urging citizens to heat their homes with low-carbon alternatives; UK consumers are looking for efficient and eco-friendly alternatives. Electric radiators are a popular choice for consumers currently using night-storage heaters. 

 

Consumers currently heating their homes with gas or oil are in favour of eco electric radiators. But with so many brands and models of radiators on the market. What are the best electric radiators in the UK? 

 

What is an electric radiator? 

The typical electric radiator radiates heat stored within a heat-retaining medium, usually a thermal fluid or ceramic. Electric panel radiators on the other hand use convection (heating the air circulating within an enclosed area). 

 

Most electric radiators simply plug into a socket and are easy to install. An efficient electric radiator will utilise conducted heat, convected heat, radiant heat and stored heat. Night storage radiators have bricks within them to store heat. But modern electric radiators use better heat-retaining materials like chamotte clay-core

Storage radiator

What are the benefits of electric heating? 

There are numerous solutions within the electric heating space (electric radiators, electric boilers, electric water heaters, heat pumps etc). 

 

Unlike gas or oil boilers, electric heating has low-maintenance costs and does not require annual servicing. 

 

A key feature of electric heating is controllability. With modern electric heating systems, you usually receive smart heating controls. You could also control your electric heating through Wi-Fi, using an app. 

 

On account of the absence of fossil fuels and emissions, electric heating also improves your home air quality. 

 

Electric heating has no primary carbon footprint. Using efficient electric radiators will help the UK achieve net zero carbon. Electric heating is the most viable, efficient and safe low-carbon heating solution (currently on the market).

Electricity generation in the UK still utilises fossil fuels. So, is electric heating actually better for the environment as compared to gas or oil heating? The simple answer, YES! The UK’s domestic gas boilers emit twice as much CO2 as all the power stations.

Conservatory radiator

Are electric radiators energy efficient? 

All electric radiators are 100% efficient. It converts all the energy drawn into heat. An electric radiator working on 100% efficiency will draw 1kW of energy to give out 1kW of heat within the room. 

 

Electric radiators specified to your home’s heating requirements can be energy saving. The main attribute of energy efficient electric radiators is room-by-room controllability. Any energy saving and efficient electric radiator should be individually thermostatically controlled. This allows you to heat the most frequented areas of your home, whilst not wasting energy by heating the rooms which are not in use.

 

Currently, electricity is more expensive than gas. But this may soon change in light of the UK’s Net Zero Carbon target by 2050. Recently, gas prices have soared by 250%. A main reason why electricity is so much more expensive than gas is on account of the higher levies (green levies) applied on electricity, as compared to gas (23% VS 3%). Although, these levies are being reviewed as the UK’s electricity generation is becoming greener year after year. Over the last 5 years, our share of electricity being generated by renewables has increased by 20%. 

Sustainable technology

Benefits of electric radiators.

Electric radiators heat up much quicker than a domestic gas or oil central heating system and benefit from being 100% efficient at the point of use. They also have lower maintenance costs. With no moving parts within them, there is a low-chance of failure or faults. 

 

They are a popular choice for many UK consumers on account of the easy installation. Most electric radiators can be installed by simply plugging them into a socket. They don’t need any obtrusive pipes, which makes the installation process much quicker and cheaper. 

 

Electric radiators will increase the efficiency of your home by reducing your home’s carbon footprint.

 

Many homes around the UK are not connected to a gas network. For those homes, electric radiators are the perfect heating solution.

Energy efficient radiator

Which is the best electric radiator in the UK?

Key considerations when choosing an electric radiator for your home: 

 Energy efficiency 

 Energy saving

 Easy to install 

 Eco-friendly 

 Superior manufacturing 

 Trustworthy brand 

 

 Fischer electric radiators VS night-storage heaters. 

 Disadvantages of night storage heaters: 

 

Inefficient (compared to modern electric radiators)

 Lack of controllability. 

 Does not fit the décor of many UK homes (can be an eye-sore in modern homes).

 Cannot be remotely controlled. 

 Poor retention and distribution of heat. 

 High electrical input (not economical).

Night storage heater

We at Fischer Future Heat have been manufacturing dynamic clay-core radiators for over 70 years. With superior German manufacturing standards, our electric radiators are hand-made! Our electric radiators utilise traditional manufacturing whilst using modern and highly efficient technology. Ours are the only electric radiators on the market with a 40mm chamotte clay-core, for better heat retention. 

 

Our smart electric radiators use convected heat, radiant heat, conducted heat and stored heat. With their large fluting and patented convection chamber; they heat your room from the floor to the ceiling. This helps in eliminating cold spots, which are a major issue with night-storage heaters. Our electric radiators have also been tested and verified by independent bodies like the EST(Energy Saving Trust), BSRIA(Building Services Research and Information Association) and BRE(Building Research Establishment). 

 

Our efficient electric radiators are easy to install. The radiator plugs into a 13Amp socket or fuse. They are slimline and measure only 11cm in depth. Unlike night storage heaters, our radiators have a unique design which is the perfect fit for traditional or contemporary homes. They are also available in select RAL colours, to match the existing décor of your home. 

RAL colour radiators

We at Fischer provide free installation as standard. We also provide a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty and a 100% heating guarantee with all our radiators. The heating guarantee assures that our radiators will heat your room to 21 degrees C and if they don’t, we will replace the radiator, free of charge! 

 

Fischer dynamic clay-core radiators allow room-by-room controllability using our exclusive wireless thermostat (which is easy to use). They can also be controlled using Wi-Fi (as an add-on feature) – allowing you to be in control of your heating even when you are on holiday. 

 

The radiators are compatible with economy-7 and other renewable energy sources like Solar PV – making our efficient electric radiators a sustainable and eco-friendly choice. We have installed over quarter of a million radiators in UK homes and with thousands of positive customer reviews on TrustPilotand Feefo; We should be your first choice when opting to switch to electric heating. 

Wireless thermostat for radiators

How do I choose the right size electric heater?

 Choosing the right size of electric heater for the rooms in your home is vital. If not done correctly, this may affect the energy efficiency of the heater and could potentially cause a massive spike in energy bills. So how do you calculate the perfect size of electric heaters for your home? 

 

We take care of this for you. We offer a free, no-obligation survey. During the survey our trained heating engineer assesses your heating requirements, takes into account characteristics and specifications of the rooms in your home (along with heat losses) and will calculate the most appropriate size of the radiator/radiators; tailored to your home. 

Fischer customer service

Are electric heaters easy to install?

After the survey, we will manufacture your radiators in our factory in Germany. Our skilled team of installers will take care of the rest. The installation process is quick, clean and efficient. “Throughout the installation, the fitters were quick, efficient and tidy, they explained the system operation in a clear and concise manner, the handbook that they left is equally clear and easy to understand…”- TrustPilot review, 2021.  

 

If you are looking to replace your old and inefficient heating, our electric radiators are the efficient, eco-friendly and modern solution for your heating needs. 

 

Click the link to request your free brochure, and enjoy reliable and sustainable heating today! 

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Best Electric Boilers 2022

The UK Govt. has announced the ban of gas boilers in all new homes by 2025. If you do currently use gas central heating, you may be searching for a viable alternative. This article details the Best Electric Boiler/ Boilers you can buy in 2022. Following the gas boiler ban, the Government has also stated that by 2035, the use of gas for domestic heating will be phased out completely. As a country we have been so reliant on gas, especially as gas was so cheap by virtue of the North Sea. 

With gas prices on the rise, coupled with the gas boiler ban; UK consumers are frantically searching for modern, efficient and eco-friendly alternatives to gas boilers. But this isn’t an easy task! With every heating company claiming their products are the best on the market; How do you choose the best heating solution for your home? If you already use gas central heating, it would be logical and easier to switch to an electric boiler. But this raises another question- Which electric boiler should you install in your home? 

Gas Boiler Ban 2025

What is an electric boiler? 

An electric boiler works with the same principle as a gas/oil boiler, but it uses electricity as an energy source rather than the combustion of fossil fuels. Millions of homes around the UK have boilers that burn gas or oil in order to produce heat. This heat generated, in turn heats the water, the hot water is stored in a tank and flows through pipes- providing space-heating via wet radiators. 

Unlike fossil fuel boilers, electric boilers are 100% efficient at the point of use. This means if you pay for 1kW of electricity, you will receive 1kW of heat. With the UK moving to cleaner and sustainable sources of energy; now may be the perfect time to replace your old, inefficient gas or oil boilers and replace it with a modern electric one. This solution is perfect for those homes in the UK that are not connected to a gas network as well. 

 

Why choose an electric boiler over a gas boiler? 

 Disadvantages of gas boilers: 

Higher upfront costs– Installing a gas boiler can be expensive. Some may find the boiler itself expensive, and for new installations, gas lines will have to be installed (which could cost you a pretty penny). When you add in the costs of maintenance (ideally every year); gas boilers may not be as cheap of a heating solution as one may think. Many UK consumers have relied on gas for decades (mainly on account of the cheaper fuel price). Recently,gas prices soared by 250%.

Risk of gas leaks– Gas is transported via pipes from the supply to the boiler. If the gas lines that are transporting the gas from the supply to the boiler happen to leak, your home can become a very dangerous place to be. A gas leak isn’t toxic to breathe in, but it is highly combustible. This means there is a high chance of an explosion if there is a gas leak. 

Inefficient– Although modern gas boilers are more efficient compared to older models; gas boilers are not as efficient as electric boilers. For a gas boiler to produce 1kW of heat in your radiators, it would need up to 2.5kW of gas to be burned. 

Bad for the environment– The main reason behind the gas boiler ban is the large amounts of carbon it releases into the atmosphere when burned. Domestic heating accounts for 14% of the UK’s total emissions. When you include industrial processes, this totals 37% of the UK’s carbon emissions. Electricity generation using fossil fuels has a major carbon footprint, but domestic gas boilers emit twice as much CO2 as all power stations in the UK.  In order to meet our country’s net zero carbon target, it is important to phase-out the use of gas (especially for domestic heating). 

Advantages of electric boilers: 

 Space-saving– Modern electric boilers save valuable space in your home. Many electric boilers have a tank within them. The electric combi-boiler for example uses its heating element to provide you with hot water when you need it and is often the cheapest and easiest type of electric boiler to install. There is not a storage system with this type of boiler, so the water is heated on demand, saving you space.

Energy efficient– As mentioned earlier, electric boilers and electric heating is 100% efficient at the point of use. 100% of the power delivered from the mains supply ends up as heat within the home. It would be illogical to use electricity elsewhere (for example: to generate hydrogen), as that process will not be 100% efficient.

Lower maintenance costs– Because electric boilers operate in a much more straightforward way than a gas or oil boiler, there is far less to go wrong. This means electric boilers tend to be much more reliable and require less maintenance during their lifespan.

Eco-friendly– Electric boilers have no primary carbon footprint. It does have a secondary carbon footprint, but with more and more electricity being generated from renewable sources; this is decreasing. Over the last 5 years, our (the UK’s) share of electricity being generated from renewables has increased by 20%.  

No risk of fuel leaks– Electric boilers do not ignite fossil fuels to generate heat. They use electricity to heat an element which in turn heats water. With no requirement for fossil fuels, there are no risks of fuel leaks. 

 

How does an electric boiler work? 

 The principle that electric boilers operate on is fairly simple. The boilers operate by having running water pass through a heated element. This element is heated by electricity. Once the water is heated, it passes through the rest of your home’s heating system (wet radiators or underfloor heating), warming your home to an optimal temperature. 

 

Types of electric boilers. 

 Electric combi boilers 

A combi-boiler is by far the most popular type of boiler on the market. It is also called a direct system because it provides both hot water and central heating. These boilers facilitate easy and instant control of the heating in your home. A combi-boiler uses a heating element to heat up water on demand. 

Storage boilers

Storage boilers are a great choice for consumers on an economy-7 energy tariff. Evident from the name itself, storage boilers store hot water in a water tank. Utilising the cheaper night-time tariff to heat the water in the tank; this can be a cost-effective solution for some customers. 

 Dry core storage boilers 

 These boilers work on a similar principle of storage boilers. A dry-core electric storage boiler works by heating the bricks of your home overnight. The heat from the bricks is then released into the water tank where it can then be used for central heating or hot water.

 Electric CPSU 

 The combined primary storage unit is a great option for homes with a high demand for hot water. This type of boiler stores a large amount of hot water, which means this solution can provide hot water much quicker than other solutions. 

 Solar compatible boilers

 These types of boilers have an immersion heater that can be connected to solar panels. Relying partially on solar energy, this is a sustainable and environment-friendly choice. 

 

 What makes a boiler the Best Electric Boiler on the market? 

 High quality components and manufacturing:

 As with any technological solution, you should always choose a product with high-quality manufacturing. A boiler that uses traditional manufacturing whilst utilising the latest technology; is a boiler you should install in your home. A well-made boiler will last you decades (if maintained properly). With a great focus laid on sustainable energy in recent times, it would be worthwhile investing in an electric boiler that is Solar PV compatible. 

 Reliable brand:

 You should always choose a reliable brand, especially for domestic heating. You need a company that not only offers high-quality boilers, but also provides highly-rated customer service. Consumers please do your research! Platforms like TrustPilot and Feefo provide verified customer reviews. Reading through reviews of past customers is a great way of establishing the quality of service of a company. 

 Low failure rates and quick recovery time:

 Various corrosion mechanisms contribute to boiler failure. Stress corrosion may result in either intercrystalline or transgranular cracking of carbon steel. It is caused by a combination of metal stress and the presence of a corrosive. The quick recovery boilers have a special high-performance heat exchanger which reduces boiler cycling and maximizes the time the boiler can operate in condensing mode. When choosing an electric boiler, be mindful of the failure rate and recovery time. 

Complete control:

 A key feature for every efficient heating solution is control. Without being able to control your heating, you may end up using energy inefficiently. This will also increase running costs. You should choose a boiler which enables you to be in full control of the heating. It is preferable to have a wireless thermostat along with a boiler, to enable you to control your heating from any room in your home. 

 Long lasting and manufacturer’s warranty:

 A good quality electric boiler should have an average lifespan of over 20 years. You should choose a company that provides you with at least a 5-year warranty. This will provide you with an added sense of security, knowing that your boiler is covered in the event of a breakdown or fault. If a fault or breakdown occurs with your boiler during its warranty period, the manufacturer should organize a repair or replacement.

The Best Electric Boilers 2022 should have all the attributes stated above. 

Electric heating boiler

Need a new boiler? Choose Fischer! 

 Here at Fischer Future Heat we manufacture and install home heating solutions, and have been doing it for over 70 years. Apart from our popular dynamic clay-core radiators, we also manufacture and install 100% electric boilers.

Fischer has different models of electric boilers, to accommodate the heating requirements of a wide range of consumers (Fischer electric Duo boiler- available in a floor-standing or wall-mounted version and the Fischer electric heating-only boiler). 

Fischer electric boilers are built with the future in mind. With no need for external water tanks or cylinders, the Fischer EB is a modern and efficient heating solution to replace your outdated heating. Made from AISI 316L steel, Fischer EB is built to last and simple to operate. And with no additional need for servicing, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing there is no risk of your boiler breaking down.

Fischer electric boilers come with an exclusive wireless thermostat as standard. This enables you to be in full control of your heating. No wasted heat, no wasted energy and no more panicking when the weather takes a turn for the worse. At the touch of a button, you will experience the warmth and comfort of Fischer EB.

If you are currently heating your home via gas central heating, Fischer electric boilers are a more efficient and safer alternative. It is the future of domestic heating. They have an average lifespan of over 20 years. They also have a very low failure rate- this product is built to last! It is half the size of an average cylinder. The Fischer electric duo boiler is an all-in-one solution. It provides both heating and hot water within your home. The Fischer electric heating-only boiler on the other hand is a great choice for customers who prefer keeping their space and water heating separate. The heating-only boiler can be used in conjunction with the Aquafficient(a space-saving water heater using patented thermal storage technology) or the Aquafficient Eco+(an air-source water heater). 

Best Electric Boilers

Fischer boilers are handmade, ensuring a high-quality output. Not only do Fischer manufacture and install a highly efficient and superior product, they are rated highly on verified customer review sites like TrustPilotand Feefo. They offer a 10-year warranty on their boilers, which is much higher than the industry standard. Fischer has also received the Feefo Platinum Service award this year (2021), for their dedication to complete customer satisfaction. 

Fischer has always advocated low-carbon heating solutions. Fischer boilers are Solar PV compatible. With the UK Govt. pushing for net zero carbon by 2050; we soon need to make the switch from gas to electric. Continuing using fossil fuels will not only have a detrimental effect on the planet but also pose a great risk to our posterity. 

With over 250,000 heating solutions installed in UK homes, if and when you are making the switch, Fischer should be your first choice. THINK ELECTRIC. THINK FISCHER.

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COP26?- Success or Failure?

COP26 has been the focal point of discussion amongst the media and citizens of different countries around the world. The COP26 started a day early this year on the 31st of October. The Conference of Parties 26 was held in Glasgow this year. This article details everything you need to know about COP26- seeking to enforce global response to the climate emergency. 

What is COP26? 

 Over the last 3 decades, world governments have met nearly every year to forge a global response to the climate emergency. Under the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),every country on Earth is treaty-bound to “avoid dangerous climate change”, and find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally in an equitable way. The Conference of Parties (under the UNFCCC), has resulted in the formation of the Paris Agreement in 2015 which could be considered as an occasional triumph. The conference meetings have also witnessed moments of high drama amongst the environment ministers and leaders of different countries. This year (2021) was the year of its 26th iteration. This was supposed to be held in Glasgow last year, but was postponed to this year on account of the havoc that Covid-19 caused, worldwide. 

When did COP26 take place? 

 COP26 started on 31st October, 2021 and continued for 2 weeks till 12th November, 2021. Around 25,000 people were at the conference. More than 120 world leaders attended (for the first few days) and the negotiations were left to the environmental ministers and other senior officials of the different countries, attending the conference. 

Why did we need COP26? 

 In accordance with the landmark Paris Agreement (2015), nations committed to hold global temperature rises to ‘well below’ 2 degrees C- above pre-industrial levels, while pursuing efforts to limit heating to 1.5 degrees C. These set goals are legally binding and held in high regard, in the treaty. 

In order to achieve these targets, countries have also set non-binding national goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the near term (by 2030 in most cases). These targets resulted in being inadequate. On account of this, it was decided that countries would have to return to the table every five years to discuss and decide on new commitments.

We know that emissions from the use of fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil are increasing the temperature of the Earth. The last decade was the warmest on record and governments agree that urgent action is required from all countries as a collective. These emissions have also led to various climate change related incidents like- heat waves, forest fires and floods around the world. 

The end goal of the Conference of Parties is to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050 and pave the way for sustainable and eco-friendly living. 

What happened during COP26? 

 Leaders and environmental ministers of many countries promised to hold their end of the climate action pact by creating new ambitious targets to reduce emissions by 2030. The pact lays great focus on developed countries to increase the money they give to those countries most affected by climate change (beyond the $100 billion target). 

The agreement will aid in the phasing out of “inefficient subsidies” for fossil fuels and will set the global agenda on climate change for the next decade. 

 The USA and China cooperate with the climate change initiatives. 

 The US and China cooperation was the most surprising, yet paramount in achieving the climate change targets. The USA and China gave assurance that over the next decade, they will boost their climate cooperation. 

The agreement laid out targets to cut methane emissions, transition to cleaner energy sources and henceforth aid in the decarbonization of the countries. 

Greenpeace international and other independent climate action organizations welcomed the joint declaration, although the US and China have been warned they would need to set stricter goals and show a greater commitment to reach the agreed climate goals. 

The US and China agreed to recall their firm commitment to achieve the 1.5 degrees C temperature goal (which was previously set out in the Paris Agreement 2015). USA and China are 2 of the biggest emitters in the world, and their co-operation could expedite the net zero carbon targets. Although previously, China has been reluctant to tackle its coal emissions and haven’t agreed to ‘shift away from coal’ in this COP26. 

Trees

Over 100 countries (representing 85% of the world’s forests) agreed to stop deforestation by 2030. 

Trees and forests absorb carbon and also reduce the average temperature of cities. They also prevent flooding and reduce pollution. Focus must not only be laid on stopping deforestation but also planting more trees. This will aid in making our climate change goals more achievable.

In comparison to previous deforestation initiatives, this initiative is better funded. Although, there is little clarity on how this would be monitored. 

Methane

During COP26, schemes were put in place to cut 30% of the current methane emissions. This was agreed by over 100 countries. 

Methane when produced from non-fossil fuel sources like food and green waste could quite literally absorb the carbon out of the air. However, when methane is produced from burning fossil fuels, it traps heat in the atmosphere. This increases the average temperature of the Earth and is a major contributor to climate change. Over a 100-year period, methane is 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the earth. Over 20 years, that comparison jumps to approximately 80 times.

China, Russia and India haven’t joined the agreed schemes to cut methane emissions, but it is hoped they will soon conform. 

Coal

More than 40 countries including Poland, Chile and Vietnam agreed to shift away from coal, to cleaner energy sources. A few countries like the UK have already announced the ban of house coal and the phasing out of loose coal by 2023.

There are numerous damaging environmental impacts of coal that occur through its mining, preparation, combustion, waste storage, and transport. When burnt, it releases more carbon dioxide than oil or gas, so it’s a big problem when it comes to climate change. Coal also produces toxic elements like mercury and arsenic, and small particles of soot which contribute to air pollution.

Although over 40 countries were in agreement to shift away from coal; the world’s most coal-dependent countries- Australia, India, China and the US haven’t signed up to this scheme. 

Funding

Private companies pledged financing green technologies in order to meet the Net Zero Carbon target (although this is not binding by law). Over 450 financial organizations agreed to back ‘clean’ technology like renewable and sustainable energy.

During COP26, organizations pledged directing finance away from industries using/burning fossil fuels; there are no definitive net zero carbon targets laid out. With these targets not set in stone, the initiative of increasing funding for cleaner fuel sources and green technologies could be futile. 

Will the countries actually meet their targets and fulfil their promises? 

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “We have made progress on the three objectives we set at the start of COP26: First, to get commitments to cut emissions to keep within reach the global warming limit of 1.5 degrees. Second, to reach the target of 100 billion dollars per year of climate finance to developing and vulnerable countries. And third, to get agreement on the Paris rulebook. This gives us confidence that we can provide a safe and prosperous space for humanity on this planet. But there will be no time to relax: there is still hard work ahead.” 

Only a few countries have actually made their commitments and pledges legally binding. For the rest, any promises and agreements will have to be self-policed. 

Rich nations once again resisted acknowledging financial liability for their years of emissions that drove climate change as they rose to economic prosperity.

While the Glasgow agreement laid out a pathway for addressing the issue by establishing a new secretariat dedicated to the issue, vulnerable countries said that represented a bare minimum of acceptability.

“This package is not perfect. The coal change and a weak outcome on loss and damage are blows,” said Tina Stee, climate envoy from the Marshall Islands. Still, “elements of the Glasgow Package are a lifeline for my country. We must not discount the crucial wins covered in this package.”

Is the UK doing enough for climate change? 

 The UK Govt. have announced the ban of gas boilers in all new homes by 2025. This scheme also goes as far as phasing out the use of gas boilers completely by 2035. 

Although the UK is still reliant on fossil fuels to generate electricity, domestic heating (like oil/gas heating) emits twice as much CO2 as all power stations. A lot of UK consumers are turning to Solar PV and battery storage to live sustainably and cut energy costs. 

Although research and testing is currently being conducted on the viability of hydrogen boilers for domestic heating, the UK energy minister- Lord Callanan does not have a lot of faith in the project.

Unlike hydrogen, electricity has proven to be a viable, safer and more efficient form of domestic heating as compared to hydrogen.

In order to phase-out the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation, the appropriate infrastructure needs to be set up. If this process is expedited, the UK could reach their net zero carbon target before 2050. 

Domestic heating -H2

UK Energy Minister expresses scepticism over the use of hydrogen for domestic heating.

UK energy minister, Lord Callanan states that it is pretty much impossible to heat homes using clean hydrogen. He makes this the comment as the British Government continues to invest millions of pounds in hydrogen heating trials.

“If I’m being honest, the idea that we could produce enough hydrogen at reasonable cost to displace mains gas is pretty much impossible,” said Lord Callanan, parliamentary under-secretary of state for climate change & corporate responsibility at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.

The experts, led by Cambridge University professor David Cebon, argue that rather than attempting to convert the existing gas grid to use hydrogen — an expensive and difficult proposition – the government should instead put its efforts into promoting low-carbon electric heating solutions. “Hydrogen use in buildings and for road transport is not efficient and does not make economic sense,” they write. “Hydrogen is a not an efficient energy source, which is a fundamental flaw when comparing it with other electrification alternatives.

The UK’s National Hydrogen Strategy unveiled in August states that hydrogen has the potential to play a key role in decarbonizing heat in the buildings in the UK. Currently, the UK Govt. are investing millions of pounds in studies on hydrogen heating, with £25 million ploughed into the Hy4Heat programme (a pilot scheme in Scotland to heat 300 homes with 100% hydrogen via the existing gas grid due to take place in 2023, backed by up to £18m of grants from the industry regulator Ofgem; and plans to heat a whole town with H2 by 2030).

Hy4Heat

Although, they may be fighting a losing battle. Green hydrogen is expensive to produce and is not as efficient as electricity. With electric heat pumps being six times more efficient, meaning that a boiler burning green hydrogen would require six times as much renewable energy as compared to a heat pump to produce the same amount of heat- making this an extremely expensive proposition (Recharge-News, 2021).

With green hydrogen being so expensive to produce, one may suggest blue hydrogen. The scientists who wrote an open letter to the UK’s Prime minister, Boris Johnson also stated: “take a cautious approach to blue hydrogen, avoiding lock-in to unsustainable fossil fuel infrastructure that could push net-zero out of reach.”

They write: “By choosing to support blue hydrogen made from natural gas and CCS [carbon capture and storage], the UK must have stringent measures to assess the greenhouse gas emissions from the blue hydrogen manufacturing process and supply chain.”

Grey Hydrogen is not an option. Grey hydrogen is made from unbated fossil fuel accounts for roughly 3% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (about the same proportion as aviation).

Green Hydrogen

The cost of converting the natural gas grid to run on 100% clean hydrogen would also be astronomical, with every compressor and valve on the network needing to replaced, metal pipes switched out with plastic ones (including in people’s homes) to reduce the risk of the smaller molecule leaking. It also requires three times the energy to transport the gas around the grid (Recharge-News, 2021).

Energy Minister, Lord Callanan concluded by saying that a scientific breakthrough might enable us to produce large amounts of hydrogen at a cheaper cost. But he admits it is more likely that hydrogen will end up being used by trains, HGVs (heavy-goods vehicle) and for some industrial processes.

UK electricity generation to be fossil fuel free by 2035?

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, stated that removing gas as a power source will help protect against price surges (during Conservative conference).

Johnson has also confirmed plans to eliminate fossil fuels from the UK’s electricity generation process by 2035.

The UK generated 43% of its electricity from renewable sources in 2020 but gas-fired power plants still account for a significant proportion. Over the last 5 years, our total share of electricity being generated from renewables has increased by 20%.

Nuclear power plants, which currently provide about a sixth of the UK’s electricity, would also continue to form part of the energy mix under the net zero plans.

“What I’m saying is we can do for our entire energy production by 2035 what we’re doing with internal combustion engines in vehicles by 2030” he said, during a visit to a Network Rail site in Manchester.

“And what we’re also saying is that by 2035, looking at the progress we’re making in wind power, where we lead the world now in offshore wind, looking at what we can do with other renewable sources, carbon capture and storage with hydrogen potentially, we think that we can get to complete clean energy production by 2035.”

The proposed shift would not only aid in the decarbonization of the UK but also soften the impact of the kind of gas price fluctuations that have prompted fears of a winter energy crisis, in recent weeks.

As Boris Johnson confirmed plans to decarbonize the electricity grid, gas was providing just under a third of the UK’s electricity demand, at 11.4GW (according to the National Grid data).

“The advantage of that is that it will mean that, for the first time, the UK is not dependent on hydrocarbons coming from overseas with all the vagaries in hydrocarbon prices and the risk that poses for people’s pockets and for the consumer,” he said.

“We will be reliant on our own clean power generation, which will help us also to keep costs down.”

Nuclear energy

Should the UK be using Nuclear Energy?

Nuclear energy has always been a source of controversy. Many people associate nuclear energy with catastrophes such as the Chernobyl or Fukushima disasters, or even with nuclear warfare. However, the realities of nuclear power are far from the perceived myths believed by the public.

With nuclear energy being so notorious, it is hard to distinguish what is true and what is not. Below we have featured some of the most common misconceptions in order to debunk the myths surrounding nuclear energy, and learn the truth about this misunderstood energy source.

Is Nuclear Energy Safe?

As one of the most regulated industries in the world, it is safe to say that nuclear energy is far safer than most would believe. The potential hazards of nuclear energy have always been widely publicised, particularly in the shadow of nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl.

However, out of the 18,500 global reactor plants, there have only been two major accidents to occur. This only emphasises how safe nuclear energy provision truly is.  It has also been found that in the entire 50-year history of nuclear energy provision, no member of the public has ever been killed.

Whilst the consequences of radiation exposure poses great risk to humans and the environment, the likelihood of a radiation leak from a reactor plant is extremely low. This is due to the tight regulations and protocols that nuclear reactor plants must follow – these regulations making nuclear energy one of the safest methods of energy provision currently.

Does Nuclear Energy Contribute to Carbon Emissions?

Unlike the fossil fuel energy plants that are most commonly used, nuclear reactors do not produce any harmful air pollutants. Nuclear reactors generate power through fission – the process of splitting uranium atoms to produce energy. During this process, heat is created and is used to spin a turbine that generates electricity.

Nuclear energy has a carbon footprint comparable to wind and solar energy provision. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) found that, through nuclear energy provision, the USA avoided over 476 million metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2019. This kind of reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is an important step towards reaching our net zero carbon target by 2050, and is something only achievable with renewable energy provision.

The demand for electricity in the UK is continuing to increase. With this increase, the demand for low-carbon electricity is becoming more and more important. Nuclear power is one of the main sources of low-carbon electricity provision in the UK currently, and without it we would struggle to achieve carbon neutrality.

Is Nuclear Waste Dangerous?

Most nuclear fuel is able to be recycled and re-purposed to create new fuel for energy provision, meaning that wastage from nuclear reactor plants is minimal. Any ‘low-level’ waste, such as scrap metal and plastics, are able to be reprocessed at repositories in order to be recycled.

With any nuclear waste that is deemed ‘high-level’ due to radioactivity is stored as the material’s half-life diminishes the level of radioactivity. Currently, nuclear reactors store their radioactive waste above ground where the waste can be stored for decades safely. The UK government is currently set to establish a safer and more permanent method of handling nuclear waste by creating a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).

With colossal power stations such as Hinkley Point C set to be operational by 2026, nuclear power has been brought into the limelight. Higher publicity often leads to more publicised misconceptions, but nuclear power is set to be one of the safest and most efficient methods of energy provision in modern society.

The UK’s biased mindset towards electricity prices

The UK is on the road to net zero carbon, and the Government is continuing its push to reach this target by 2050. This will inevitably contribute to numerous lifestyle and technological changes, which will need to be implemented by both the Government and consumers. However, a large part of the UK’s consumer-base are still reluctant to make the change, mainly due to the price of electricity.

 

It is clear to see that the prices of both gas and electricity have increased over the last decade. Consumers are often found to be comparing the price increase of electricity against gas. However, this comparison is not an accurate indicator of the price increase indices. To gain a better understanding of this, one must compare the price increase of gas to its prices in the past, and the same for electricity. Between 2010 and 2011, the average electricity prices (incl. VAT) rose by 4.8%. The gas prices during the same timeframe increased by 8.1%.  

Gas VS Electricity price increase

Throughout history, we have heated our homes with coal and oil. With the availability of natural gas at a cheap price by virtue of the North Sea, the popularity of gas central heating grew in the UK. With this resource exploited and diminished from the North Sea, the price of gas has increased considerably. At one point, gas was around 6 times cheaper than electricity. Currently, this price differential has reduced to electricity being 4 times the price of gas. This comparison gives you a broader understanding of the increments in energy prices over time. With lesser reliance on fossil fuels, and more and more electricity generated by renewables, we could see this price gap between gas and electricity lessen.

In the UK, electricity as a fuel source has been given a bad name. There are many misconceptions in consumers’ minds, these misconceptions stemming from the ideology that energy companies are highly profitable and are exploiting domestic households by increasing electricity prices. We all know that electricity supplied to every home in the UK is identical – the key differentiator is price. The only route to market for any new energy company is a low price point, but for most companies, this is not sustainable. Many energy companies do not survive in the UK because of this and the 22 energy companies that are no longer in business (as of Feb 21) are proof of this.

From our involvement within the heating industry, we have come across thousands of consumers who have switched from gas to electric heating – some of these customers also complain about their increased electricity bill. However, the reasons for their complaints are often flawed. When you move from one resource (in this case – gas) and utilise another resource (in this case – electricity); it is evident that your costs for the new resource (electricity) would increase. However, you save on not having to use the initial resource (gas). Shifting from gas to electric heating is not only better for the environment, but you also gain a solution that is 100% efficient at the point of use.

Electricity prices in the UK are not exorbitant in comparison to other countries with the same GDP. Yet in the UK, consumers always heavily scrutinize electricity prices. As of June 2020, the average price for electricity in the UK was 17.2p/kWh. In comparison during the same time period: Germany (28p/kWh), Denmark (23p/kWh), Japan (19.2p/kWh).

Currently the price of electricity in the UK has reduced further, the average price being 16p/kWh. Compared to countries with similar GDP, the UK has one of the lowest energy prices for domestic consumers.

Countries' electricity prices VS UK

The irony lies in the fact that you hear and see a lot of backlash in regards to an increase in electricity prices, but consumers in the UK will happily pay the increased prices for petrol and other fuels. This signifies a vast difference in consumer perceptions between petrol and electricity prices. The same inference can be made for other household expenditures like water, food, clothing, transport etc. Since 2010, petrol prices have soared by 11p/litre (11% increase) and a 47p/litre increase (61% increase) since the early 2000s. A possible reason for why we don’t behave the same towards an electricity price increase as compared to a petrol price increase; we usually pay for electricity monthly, where as payment for petrol is upfront. There could be a psychological shift in behaviour if paying for petrol was a monthly payment. The price we pay for water has also increased, yet we still waste so much of it and end up paying whatever the monthly bill is with no resistance. In the UK, consumers must refute ideologies in regards to electricity based off misconceptions and base their decisions on actual data. Doing this would enable us to grow as consumers and be open to change, in this case specifically for the betterment of the environment as well.

In the financial year of 2020, the average UK household spent 14% of their income on housing, fuel and power, 11% was spent on food and non-alcoholic drinks and a further 4% on clothing and footwear. All of the above are considered as necessities.

UK household expenses

Over the last 3 months, the UK has sold more electric cars than diesel – a huge step in the right direction. Switching to electric cars is not only better for the environment, but also more money in your pocket in terms of running costs. Assuming a 70kW charge at 30p/kWh (for an electric car) VS. 35mpg (for a petrol car); £21 for a 70kW charge (250 miles) works out to be 8p/mile. Whereas for a petrol car: 4.5l/gallon (7miles/litre), assuming the cost of petrol is 130p/litre; works out to be 18p per mile. Transport accounts for nearly 30% of the UK’s total carbon emissions. Hydrogen is another option, but recent research has brought to light that hydrogen is very expensive to produce and not as efficient as electricity, for domestic heating and car charging. Switching to an electric car means, as a country we could achieve our Net Zero Carbon target sooner. Below we detail another example of why we should use an electric car over a petrol car (both manufactured by the same company).

Electric vs Petrol BMW

Analysing past data and the UK consumers’ attitudes towards electricity- it is evident there needs to be more awareness regarding electric heating and electricity prices. There seems to be a bias in the mind-set of consumers. This bias is not as evident in other expenses like water, petrol and council tax that UK consumers incur. In order to achieve Net Zero Carbon, we must welcome electricity with open arms as it is the most viable and efficient solution for greener domestic heating and car charging. Over the last 5 years, our share of electricity being generated from renewable sources has increased by 20%. With more and more consumers switching to electric heating every day; electricity has proven to be an efficient source of energy for domestic heating (with numerous testimonials that can be attested to it). Lastly, as with any form of heating, insulation is paramount. For electric heating to work efficiently, a consumer has to insulate their home to a sufficient standard. This will reduce heat losses from the property, preventing any massive spikes in consumption and reducing energy bills.

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Reducing carbon emissions for the betterment of the environment.

The Government are laying great emphasis on reducing carbon emissions in the UK. The two sectors that have been ear marked to make changes are Heating and Transport. With electric cars outselling diesel engine cars for the second month running, it is clear that the public are now taking climate change and the need to reduce their carbon emissions seriously. When it comes to heating, the Government have pushed heat pumps as a solution, without giving proper scrutiny to the suitability of retro fitting heat pumps in most UK homes. The reality on the ground in our experience is a combination of different types of electric heating solutions to fit individual home needs, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We understand that there is a need to change, however, having surveyed thousands of homes in the UK we are best placed to offer advice on solutions that are sustainable and achievable for most UK homes.

Choosing the right heating solution for your home.

As the stock of our homes are not well insulated, using heat pumps that heat water up to 65c is not going to heat most homes to the same comfortable level that boilers did.  Primarily, most of the households want to make the switch with minimum disruption and building work. This factor is one of the main deterrents for consumers trying to make the switch. Hence, in these cases it is perhaps better to replace your existing gas or oil boiler with an electric boiler. This transformation can be achieved in only a day or two. If you require a lot of hot water, then you could install the Aquafficient Eco+, which is an air source water heater, but it does not have an external unit. It can be installed where your existing cylinder is located, but you will need to provide ducting to the outside to expel the cold air. If you cannot duct it to the outside, or if you lack space in your home, then the Aquafficient is a great solution to heat your water. In a scenario like this you can then install a heating only boiler. We recommend always keeping your heating and hot water independent, so there is never a single point of failure.

Keep your space and water heating separate.

For numerous compact and smaller homes that have gas combi-boilers; making the switch to either our Electric Duo Boiler or our dynamic, individually temperature-controlled (using a smart wireless thermostat) storage heaters, in conjunction with the Aquafficient (for hot water) is the way forward.  The idea of using dynamic direct acting storage heaters makes your home more efficient as you only heat the more frequented areas/rooms of your home. These are heated to the temperature you require and when you need it. This solution is also suitable for larger homes. In regard to a standard central heating system, there is only one thermostat. Therefore, if you have a 3- 4-bedroom home with 2 or 3 occupants, every time you want to use two rooms you have to switch the 12kW boiler on when you could simply, and more efficiently, be using a 3.5kW boiler in conjunction with 2 dynamic direct acting storage heaters. The dynamic storage heaters react quickly and maintain temperatures after switching off using the storage principle. It is a modern, efficient replacement for wasteful night storage heaters. This user profile of consumption is mirrored in many UK homes, so once again the concept of only heating rooms based on usage will deliver savings on your energy bill and keep you warm in the rooms you use. An attribute of making this switch to the Fischer system is that you are guaranteed a stress-free and installation.  

Heat pumps are not suitable for many UK homes.

As far as the use of heat pumps for heating is concerned, unless you have a relatively new home with high levels of insulation, heat pumps will not deliver the heating you require. They may be ideal for new builds where you plan the location of the heat pump based on the initial plans, but to retrofit this in existing homes would require major alterations to the fabric of your property. This is not a practical option for many households, as the cost to bring their homes to the standard required would be prohibitive.

Even if you could manage the cost of such works, the other issue is the space required when installing the heat pump in your garden. If you are tight for space, this is could present a big problem. In addition to that, the noise of the heat pump and the expelled cold air means you cannot sit close to it in the garden. Moving the heat pump further out into your garden, away from your home, means you compromise on the efficiency of the heat pump. It also not recommended to use a heat pump alongside your existing radiators, as they may not be sufficient to heat your home during the winter. Essentially, you need to increase the size of your radiators by up to 50% and this, in our experience, is not possible for most UK homes, as there is insufficient wall space to hang bigger or more radiators to achieve the heat requirement.

When we look at these issues, coupled with our experience conducting home heating surveys around the UK; we know that the way forward is different electric heating solutions to suit individual homes, user profiles, affordability and ease of installation. These are the factors that most households consider important before they can make the switch.

Make the choice that best suits your home, lifestyle, comfort and pocket. Our free no-obligation survey provides you with choices that can make your home heating ‘green’ and reduce the carbon emissions from your home. The state of our environment depends on the actions we take. Climate change is happening NOW, so doing nothing is not an option.

The Road to Zero Carbon has begun.

The Future is Electric.