Reduce carbon emissions from heating. What more can JE do to help?

Around a third of Jersey’s carbon emissions come from businesses and homes. The Island has an estimated 25,500 fossil fuel boilers heating domestic and commercial properties.

Working together, we need to do more to reduce emissions from heating and help Jersey to tackle the Climate Emergency.

Why the contribution is important

Switching to low carbon electric heating can reduce Jersey's emissions from heating.

Electric solutions also offer smart controls that have the added benefit of reducing energy use, and over 20,000 Islanders are now on our low-cost heating tariffs.

What more can we do to help Islanders switch? 

by JerseyElectricity on February 18, 2021 at 05:04PM

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  • Posted by testest February 18, 2021 at 18:43

    If the government is serious about significantly reducing its carbon emissions it need to offer some form of subsidy towards the cost, which are in most cases many £1000's to replace existing oil/gas boilers, perhaps it could be put forward as a tax relief.

    That way if the cost to replace an old oil boiler is £3000 but electric is £5000 if you could at least get tax relief on the cost of the new electric you would be more likely to do it as it is more affordable, otherwise people are likely to go with the cheaper option if money is tight.
  • Posted by greybeard February 19, 2021 at 12:38

    In principle replacing fossil fuel boilers with electric boilers is fine - but I have heard anecdotally that the running costs of electric boilers compared to fossil fuel boilers can be very high - if true, then this must be addressed to encourage the switch.
  • Posted by JerseyElectricity February 20, 2021 at 16:17

    Thanks for your comment @testtest. As you have highlighted, no subsidies or incentives currently exist in Jersey to support the switch away from fossil fuel heating.

    However, Jersey Electricity offers a range of low-cost finance options to help Islanders spread the cost of fuel switching over up to five years.

    Increasing numbers of fuel switchers have found this a great way to cut emissions.
  • Posted by JerseyElectricity February 20, 2021 at 16:21

    Hi @greybeard, thank you for raising this query.

    Electric boilers are 100% efficient at the point of use, so Customers get more useful heat per £ spent than with fossil fuel boilers. This is because no heat is lost up the chimney or flue. Something occasionally overlooked when Islanders compare heating costs.

    Islanders are switching from fossil fuels in increasing numbers, with over 1,000 Islanders a year joining our low-cost heating tariffs. We are happy to advise on the best solution, tariff and comparative running costs and offer a free advisory service if you would like to get in touch?
  • Posted by philipjohnson March 12, 2021 at 12:50

    It's not the cost of a boiler, its the price to upgrade the electricity supply in some properties that is off putting. If the JEC and the States want people to change to electricity from oil or gas, he full cost of any power supply upgrades must be met by the States or and the JEC.
  • Posted by philipjohnson March 12, 2021 at 12:56

    The cost of heating by electricity needs to be the same, per thermal unit or KW output as the cheapest fossil fueled modern boiler. My boiler is a modern high efficiency oil boiler, and I will not change it unless the cost of the electricity will provide the same amount of heating as I can get with oil. Again, with a boiler less than 2 years old, I would expect at least a 80% grant to the replacement boiler costs as well.
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