Most homeowners would install heat pumps if funded
Results from a survey by Censuswide for environmental engineering services firm RSK Group suggests that, while a significant 8 in 10 UK homeowners are willing to replace gas boilers with low carbon solutions such as heat pumps, they will only do so with “substantial financial support”.
Renewable Energy Installer & Specifier reports that more than half of respondents said the high upfront cost was the most likely reason to persuade them not to install a heat pump with more than one in three saying they would need a grant of more than 50% of the cost to consider installing a heat pump.
Darren Snaith, director specialising in renewable heat at the RSK Group, said: “This survey shows that homeowners are willing, in principle, to change from gas boilers to low carbon alternatives such as heat pumps.
“But it shows the importance of sufficient government incentives to encourage the uptake of heat pumps as a viable alternative to gas boilers with just under 80% of respondents saying they would only install a heat pump system if they received adequate financial support from government.
“While the proposed £4,000 available from the Clean Heat Grant would go some way to encourage some to choose heat pumps it may not be enough to encourage the majority to adopt a heating technology that is here and now and ready to go in terms of being a mass market solution.”