EXPERT: Government’s heat pump plans will be a ‘car crash’
Popular YouTuber and building expert Roger Bisby has warned landlords and homeowners that plans to ditch gas ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - EXPERT: Government’s heat pump plans will be a ‘car crash’ | LandlordZONE.
Popular YouTuber and building expert Roger Bisby has warned landlords and homeowners that plans to ditch gas boilers for heat pumps are a “car crash coming in slow motion”.
The government hopes to fit 5.5 million heat pumps in UK homes by 2030 with the aim of , while landlords tasked with raising the energy efficiency rating of all their properties to at least band C by 2028 are being encouraged to consider green alternatives.
However, Bisby tells the 200,000 people on the Skill Builder channel who watched his video so far that after getting a £4,000 government grant for a heat pump, you’d have to spend £16,000 to make it work.
He also reckons that running a heat pump is roughly three times more expensive than running a gas boiler. “After a couple of years of having one, people see their house isn’t warm – you’re paying three times as much for your fuel bills,” he says.
“They might work in lovely houses that are beautifully insulated and draft-proof but they don’t work well enough in our housing stock.”
Bisby explains that a heat pump is like a fridge in reverse: a big box is hung on the wall with a fan inside that sucks in hot air which it sends into the house in a couple of pipes.
A buffer tank is used to distribute heat into the house and produce hot water. “I’ve put them on a patio and people say their neighbours complain about the noise of the fan,” he says.
Nottingham landlord Tricia Urquhart tells LandlordZONE that heat pumps are not a financially viable solution for most people. She says: “On an electricity-only estate where I own a BTL, houses have storage heaters, electric radiators and one has a heat pump – yet every EPC (bar one with storage heaters due to expire shortly) is a D or E, so even if you fit the government’s preferred electric heat source, the property would still be un-lettable under the EPC C proposals about to be put before Parliament.”
Watch Bisby’s video
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