Irish Government Moves First in Outlining Climate Changes Affecting All Households
With climate change increasingly on the agenda around the world, governments have started to act to make major changes in the way we live. Once the talk was of increased ice flows, air and water pollution. This has now filtered down to include the everyday things we once took for granted. Domestic heating, it seems, now joins that list.
Richard Bruton, the Irish Climate Minister, is currently considering a complete ban on oil- and gas-powered boilers as part of draft measures designed to tackle climate change. The move seems a serious one, with a government department being set up to deliver the proposals. The UK is not far behind, already having outlined a raft of measures of its own. Some of the proposed measures, though, may affect us without having to leave our own homes. Philip Hammond, close on the tail of the Irish government, has stated gas-fired boilers will not be installed in new homes from 2025, although the UK Chancellor is yet to specify what funds will be allocated to help support this.
Choosing a Way Forward
If this is to mean the start of the end for the domestic boiler which has served us so well, this can mean only one of two things. One option is that existing boilers are replaced by all-singing, all-dancing replacements or that existing oil or gas boilers currently sitting snug at home will need to stay healthy and efficient for as long as possible.
For many the most cost-effective option may be prolonging the life of an existing appliance by bringing in a boiler repair Gloucester company such as http://www.hprservicesltd.com/gloucester-boilers/boiler-repair-gloucester/. This is typical of the type of operation from which customers are now seeking maintenance and repair services alongside traditional installations. The thinking here is that if your boiler remains efficient and performs as it should, it needn’t join the scrapheap and a climate-friendly option is already in place.
So whether Ireland bans gas boilers in new homes or not (with the UK planning similar measures of its own), Dublin may have done all of us a favour in focusing the attention of everyone on looking after what we have. And in this day and age, that can only be a good thing, can’t it?