Gas boiler ban: Experts discuss the impact on selling homes
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From banning gas boilers to phasing out the use of fossil fuels, the Government is committed to reaching a Net-Zero emissions target by 2050. The drive is fuelled by the ongoing climate crisis, which scientists worldwide agree is caused by human activity. But as Boris Johnson and the Government look to implement widespread changes to our ways of life, many Britons fear they will have to bear the financial brunt of the transition.
According to a recent survey of 2,000 UK adults, there is a great deal of support for Britain going green.
But the poll has exposed a desire for the Government to incentivise a more sustainable lifestyle across the nation.
The poll’s results suggest two-thirds of UK adults are worried switching to green alternatives is going to hit them in their pockets.
The survey was carried out by Forbes Advisor, a service that helps consumers cut down on the daily costs of living.
Boris Johnson is pushing the nation towards a cleaner, greener future (Image: GETTY)
The Government is looking to phase out the use of gas boilers (Image: GETTY)
Kevin Pratt, an energy expert from Forbes Advisor, said: “The vast majority of people want to live a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly life but there are valid, if sometimes overstated, concerns that this switch is always going to hit them in the pocket.
“Electric cars are a good example. They often carry a more expensive price tag than a petrol or diesel equivalent, but their running costs tend to be much lower.
“What is crucial is that the nation’s drivers have access to an adequate, accessible and affordable charging network.
“It is fantastic to see the support for a more sustainable future, but it’s clear from the research that the government will need to nudge the public with further green incentives if it is to achieve its carbon neutrality targets.”
According to the poll’s results, six in 10 people are in support of having a tax-payer funded electric car charging ports installed at their homes.
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More than two-thirds of those surveyed think the Government should subsidise the instalment of solar panels on their homes.
Three-quarters of the respondents also think the Government should subsidise the transition from gas boilers to more eco-friendly heat pumps.
This last figure is in stark contrast to a recent Express.co.uk poll that found Express readers strongly oppose the idea.
More than three-quarters also thought housebuilders should be installing, if possible, charging ports for cars in new residential properties.
Overall, the Forbes Advisor poll found half of all respondents are already trying to cut down on their energy usage as a means of saving money and the environment.
Green Britain: How the UK can help protect the environment (Image: EXPRESS)
The widespread use of electric cars will help reach net-zero targets (Image: GETTY)
However, two-thirds of the respondents believe the green revolution is going to make motoring more expensive.
Two-thirds also expressed concerns a greener society will make life more expensive in general.
Mr Pratt said: “Six in 10 of us feel our personal actions and choices contribute to a real impact on fighting climate change.
“There are little things we can do to be a little bit greener, whether it’s upping our recycling game or switching to a ‘green’ energy tariff, where the energy supplier favours energy produced in an environmentally-friendly way, such as wind, solar, hydro, nuclear and anaerobic digestion.
“Many people assume green energy will be a more expensive option, but innovation and competition among providers mean there are many competitive eco-friendly tariffs on the market.
“That’s why tariffs that use renewable energy are becoming increasingly popular with consumers.
“In April 2020 just 40 percent of tariffs were green. In April 2021 that percentage stood at 54 percent.”
Mr Pratt went on to say a few minutes of research can help homeowners find cheaper and greener energy deals.
He added: “The top 10 percent of customers who switched through our partner energy helpline last year saved at least £477.”