Government grants should be available for individuals to switch their heating to electric.
Many people want to do their bit for climate change but unfortunately for many, the cost of change in terms of heating is a bridge too far. We live in a house that is in need of modernisation which we are gradually doing as funds permit. This includes new roof (and new insulation) and new windows in many rooms that will all move towards creating a greater efficiency when heating our home. We currently have oil heating and were keen to explore options to change to electric as we need to get a new boiler and relocate the current oil tank, as well as wanting to do our bit for the environment. However, when the engineer called round from JEC, he advised that for us to change to electric it would effectively cost us in the region of £20,000 to £30,000 (this was somewhat higher than the £8,000 advertised cost!) and the ongoing costs of heating (based on current costs) would inevitably be increased as to heat the home effectively would require us to have the heating on more.
This has meant we cannot even contemplate a change to electric for our heating system based on cost alone - and are now looking at sticking with oil and upgrading the current system (which will be well under £10k).
There are currently no grants or incentives being issued by the government - it is expected that consumers will bear the brunt of all costs to make our island are more carbon neutral environment. This is unrealistic. The government needs to get far more savvy in its quest to encourage people to make this type of switch and offer incentives/grants in consideration of the astronomical costs involved.
Why the contribution is important
With so many properties in Jersey being older build, the government need to consider the impact on islanders wishing to make a switch to their heating for environmental purposes due to the cost associated with making this change. A failure to consider this will mean many properties remain on oil heating systems as they cannot afford to make the switch.
by murphster on February 08, 2021 at 10:35AM