Wednesday, 22 July 2020

New Part L regulations - will gas heating be gone forever?


The amended method of calculating home energy efficiency is changing the heating system industry forever, and quicker than you may think… With the new Part L regulations set to be used in the near future, I think there will be an immediate retreat from gas central heating systems and an adoption of electric heating.


Gas

Pro’s

Con’s

·         Effectiveness in relation to cost

·         Costly installation from scratch

·         Faster warm up time

·         Annual maintenance (excluding breakdowns)

·         Still runs if electric cuts out

·         Short life span in comparison to electric

·         88-90% efficient in most cases

·         Isn’t a green source of energy

·         Can produce air temps 25 degrees warmer

·         Inefficient to the point they harm our planet

·         Burns cleaner than other fossil fuels

·         Wastes energy through pipework

 

Electric

Pro’s

Con’s

·         Same fuel factor rating in SAP as gas

·         Potentially more expensive in the long run

·         Cheaper and easier installation

·         Longer heat up time

·         No Maintenance costs

·         Chance of overloading your electric system

·         100% efficient

·         No warmth or water if power cut strikes.

·         No noise emission or limescale build-up

·         More expensive breakdown costs

·         No restrictions on property layout

 

·         Clean and respectful to the environment

 

·         No chance of harmful gasses congregating

 

 

 

We will see a 55% reduction in emission factors for electric heating bringing it very even with gas emission factors.  The change comes as we’ve seen a massive decarbonisation of the electricity grid in past years. Over 30% of electricity is now being generated from renewable sources.



Although electricity is the way forward, we still need to consider the heating of larger homes (which gas is better suited for). Most importantly how will the end user be affected? With electricity costing on average 14.37p per kWh and Gas costing 3.80p per kWh.

Are providers going to lower prices with obvious increase in demand?

Are we entering an era of fuel poverty on top of ever rising house prices?

What incentives will the Government put in place to assist the people of this Great Country?


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