Not heat pumps! Furious backlash at European study on ‘cost-effective’ energy sources


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The energy study also revealed that hydrogen-fuelled boilers “will never be a cost-effective option”. According to Bloomberg, the average annual running cost for a heat pump stands at £743, compared to £2,784 for a hydrogen boiler.


The Government has produced a landmark green scheme to provide families with a £5,000 grant to buy electric heat pumps for their homes.

But, in a poll of 5,605 readers, held from December 24 to 30, a staggering 90 percent of voters said they would not buy a heat pump in the next five years, while six percent said they would, and four percent were undecided.

Many readers disagreed with the research produced by The European Consumer Organisation, and insisted heat pumps are a poor energy source.

Voters argued that the cost of running a heat pump can vary from country to country, depending on weather conditions.

Heating company Viessman claims heat pumps aren’t as efficient in cold temperatures as they would be in milder conditions because more electricity is required to remove the heat from the air, which can result in a lower efficiency.

However, Viessman says this issue mainly affects households in extremely cold conditions such as in Canada and Sweden.

Even during UK winters, there is ambient heat available that can be used by air source heat pumps.

Boris' heat pump plan

Boris is yet to win over the nation with his heat pump plan (Image: Getty) reader Alan Wolf said: “Been in the industry for years, and fitted heat pumps years ago.

“They are old technology, inefficient and need an inordinate amount of space.

“Complete waste of time.”

Another reader added: “Heat pumps don’t work in old houses, only heavily insulated newish houses.”

About 14 percent of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from homes, mostly from gas boilers according to the eco experts.

Traditional gas boilers will be banned from being installed in newly-built houses by 2025.

The gas boiler ban will only apply to new-builds because good insulation is needed to make sure heat from green energy sources is retained.

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When asked whether they support the ban, 84 percent of readers said they do not, 12 percent said they do, and four percent were undecided.

Ecotricity launched a campaign with the Daily Express to save gas boilers.

Ecotricity’s founder Dale Vince argues that the UK can heat its homes quicker and more cheaply using green gas – made from grass.

Mr Vince said: “Boris Johnson wants to take away your gas boiler.

“It’s a bold proposal, designed to tackle the climate crisis – and it would be a big step towards zero carbon as a country, ending the use of fossil gas in our homes. But it makes no sense.

“The idea is for everyone to have a device called a heat pump. It’s green technology, I should be in favour of it right? But I’m not.

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He added: “We can keep our gas boilers, and still eradicate carbon emissions from home heating and we can do this faster, cheaper, more simply and with less hassle or waste – than using heat pumps.

“All we have to do is change the gas we use – replace fossil gas with green gas.

Mr Vince continued: “Ecotricity have pioneered a new way to make green gas – using grass, something Britain has in abundance.

“The total cost of a national green gas program – is just £30 billion. One tenth of the price of a heat pump program. With zero percent of the hassle, upheaval and waste.”

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