By Paul Homewood
h/t Ian Magness
Heat pumps will still cost households thousands of pounds each even after they have used the Government’s troubled voucher scheme, a minister has admitted.
Lord Callanan, a junior energy minister, said some consumers would pay “as little” as £2,500 for the eco-friendly heating systems after a grant of £5,000 was taken into account.
His admission comes after critics blamed the high cost of heat pumps for the “embarrassingly” low uptake of the £150m-a-year boiler upgrade scheme.
Official figures show that fewer than 10,000 households have taken advantage of the grants since its launch last May.
A typical household will end up paying between £7,000 and £13,000 to install an air source heat pump before any voucher discount is applied, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
In a letter to peers, Lord Callanan said the Government will review the maximum grant level and could still increase it, leaving the door open to even more support being offered.
Does this silly man think money grows on trees?
It is surely clear even to him that nobody wants to instal these useless things, even if the government paid the full cost, including radiators and insulation, which the Energy Saving Trust dishonestly excludes from its costings.
At a figure of say £15000 each, the target of 600,000 heat pumps a year would cost the government £9 billion, money which it has not got.
The embedded poll in the Telegraph makes this clear:
And I suspect most of the Yes voters are not aware of the costs and other multiple disadvantages of heat pumps.
via NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT
April 27, 2023 at 07:43AM