Boris Johnson's Flagship Net Zero Policy Flops As Few People Take Up Grants To Replace Boilers With Heat Pumps
An air source heat pump - Picture: ecosolar heating australia
Sometime last year besotted Boris Johnson unveiled his flagship policy for heating all our homes with zero emissions heat sourced from ... wait for it ... the cold air outside our homes. Under the Government’s “boiler upgrade scheme”, 'woke' and environmentally conscious homeowners would be able to apply for vouchers that knock up to £6,000 off the cost of installing heat pumps to transfer heat from outside our homes (on a winter's day,) into our baths, showers and heating systems.
Now there is nothing wrong with heat pumps, they are simply a refrigerator or air conditioninh unit in reverse and the technology has been around for over a hundred years. And in places like Australia where our picture was taken, they work very well. But in Britain in the depths of winter? There's a bit of a difference. If you are curious to know how heat pumps work we reported in detail on the technology a year ago HERE, There are problems with heat pumps of course, mainly because the scientists who dreamed up this latest green idiocy were working with mathematical models of a home, its occupants and an average day. And as usual the mathematical models work just fine but have nothing to do with reality. One is that they require shitloads of electricity to run them, and on those cold, windless, sunless days of a typical British winter when output from wind turbines and solar panels is negligable, if we have abandoned fossil fuels and declined to build new nuclear plant because the Exstinktion Rebellion crusties don't like it, where will that eletricity come from?
The governments envisaged three-year programme to 'nudge' us all to throw out our efficient boilers and storage heaters and rely on inefficient, unreliable technologies included a scheme to make the devices more affordable and stimulate domestic demand, with ministers hoping that plumbers will be installing 600,000 per year by 2028.
But despite 30,000 vouchers being made available for the current
financial year, only 4,100 applications have been received and only
2,500 issued since the scheme opened on May 23. A big part of the problem was that the vouchers are worth £6000 and the heat pump plus installation costs upwards of £25,000 (£10,000 for the heat pump, the rest for upgrading and adapting electrical and plumbing systems.
Former chancellor Rishi Sunak, who is currently campaigning to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, has hinted he could scrap the scheme altogether and divert cash towards efforts to improve household insulation.
Craig Mackinlay, a Tory MP who chairs the Net Zero Scrutiny Group, claimed the figures underlined “the futility of a target-led approach which attempts to force consumers into adopting technologies which they simply don't want, are expensive and don’t work very well”.
MacKinlay said: “Just like the period of subsidies for electric cars, heat pump vouchers are only likely to be used by those with the additional resources to pay for such expensive playthings.
“Although the Treasury has been unable to spend as much money as they were hoping to, this still equates to large sums of money wasted on people who don't need state hand-outs.
“The Government urgently needs to develop a market-friendly approach to decarbonisation which focuses on developing technologies people would choose to use without compulsion.”
Meanwhile, green campaigners have also criticised the government scheme for not being ambitious enough, but as always with the Greens all they offer is ideology because they have no practical solutions. As with sustainable sources for electricity there are many 'green' technologies that look great on paper but when it comes to transposing theory into real world performance they fall short simply because the sciencetits had simply ignored evidence of flaws in their theory.