Hydrogen boilers will cost no more than gas ones, saving Brits hundreds, industry vow

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HYDROGEN boilers will cost no more than gas ones, saving Brits hundreds of pounds, top firms say.

The Big Four boiler firms have joined forces to vow a new price promise, meaning consumers will save a total of £2.3billion if they upgrade to an eco-friendly hydrogen model in future.

New gas boilers will be phased out ahead of the 2050 net zero target
New gas boilers will be phased out ahead of the 2050 net zero target

The new tech from Worcester Bosch, Valliant, Baxi and Ideal will save thousands of tonnes of emissions being pumped out from gas which is used now.

Experts previously estimated they would be at least £100 more.
Mike Foster, Chief Executive of the boiler industry’s trade association, the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) who brokered the deal, says the price-promise is a major boost to consumers and the fight against climate change.

He said: “Consumers want to do their bit to reduce the impact of their homes and help deliver a greener future, but are concerned about the cost.

“If the Government commits to its own rumoured legislation, this could mean that low-carbon homes could be a reality for everyone in the UK without homeowners facing gargantuan price tags.”

The association’s research has found most of the public are unwilling to pay more than the price of a new boiler for new green alternatives.

It comes after The Sun revealed last week that ministers are considering pushing back the ban on new boilers back from 2035.

The move would give Brits more time to swap over and for the price of new tech to come down, but risks missing crucial net zero goals by 2050.

Boris Johnson needs to take action to curb emissions from heating to meet his eco-goals, with a plan expected in the coming months ahead of the COP26.

But the news came as ministers prepare to sign off moves to guarantee energy firms a minimum price for hydrogen, through subsidies.

It means Brits’ energy bills may go up in years to come as part of plans to encourage industry to invest in the technology.

Trials are ongoing to see how hydrogen can work domestically as part of heating, but the latest move is a sign that ministers are ready to back it.

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