Government Grants

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

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  • Posted by SimonLanglois February 08, 2021 at 19:22

    The £20-30k estimate sounds like it's based on having to have a very large heating system to compensate for an old property, perhaps requiring a new 3 phase supply for a semi-industrial boiler, or a large heat pump?

    You might be better spending the money on insulating (and draught proofing) the house so that you don't need such an expensive heating system, and you'll also benefit from lower heating costs every year by reducing the heat loss.

    You don't have to go to the extremes of some modern highly insulated houses which don't even need a boiler, but if you can insulate well all your walls, roof/loft and ground floor, and fit double glazing (if it isn't there already), you'll be able to save by having a small boiler and smaller energy bills.

    Prevention is better than cure = insulation is better than a bigger heating system.

    Good luck!
  • Posted by philipjohnson February 09, 2021 at 16:05

    Electric heating can be expensive to install and run. More insulation and double glazing, especially in older properties can help, so long as planning allow.
  • Posted by SheenaBrockie February 10, 2021 at 00:37

    We had a similar issues - we live in an old single-block detached house which is heated by gas. When JEC came to look at the house they just couldn’t get us to a reasonable warmth in the house using an air source heat pump - because our house is so poorly insulated.

    The trouble being the first quote I had for external insulation for the house was £50k, which we can’t afford. I am waiting on other quotes, but the reality may be that, despite wanting to, we won’t be able to afford to change our heating or insulate our property.
  • Posted by karenleroyharris February 10, 2021 at 18:03

    Goverment grants and incentives are key if we want to be carbon neutral and for people to be able to afford to make a positive change.

    Insulation is key particularly with old homes and might be a start to offer grants for insulation ahead of solar etc. Things like External wall insulation are expensive. But really it all needs to be encouraged preventative methods and renewables like solar, ground / air heat pump etc and the government should be supporting people to make positive changes.

    The initial costs of going green are expensive and the pay back seems slow in terms of recouping the initial costs. So it relies on a. people having the cash to go green and b. them prioritising climate change and environment over costs which they may not benefit from (short term). If you needed to move home you might not recoup those costs so people have to see themselves in that home for a long time to even consider it.

    There has to be a financial incentive over the years or grants for the initial installation costs.
  • Posted by NickyW February 18, 2021 at 17:20

    The government does need to do more!
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