Gas Safety Week brings boiler choices to the fore

New research released during Gas Safety Week (13-19 September) has found nine out of 10 homeowners are influenced by the sustainable credentials of a hydrogen boiler.

However, over half, 51%, stated they would rather someone else tried one out before getting one themselves, according to Worcester Bosch.

However, more education is needed still as a significant 59% of Brits do not feel they know enough about the emerging green technology to make a decision about buying one, its research found.

Martyn Bridges, director of technical communication & product management at Worcester Bosch, said: “With around 24 million homes on the gas grid, hydrogen boilers will be a key player in the technology mix for decarbonising our homes.

“However, if government targets are going to be reached and we as a nation are to ‘go green’ in our homes, it is clear from these stats that more education and reassurance around hydrogen gas is needed.

“Knowing that over 50% are accepting of hydrogen, it is a big wake-up call that we all need to debunk concerns for the remaining 42% who have doubts– which comes from further education – and move forward to a greener future. There have been several really successful trials in the UK confirming the safe application of hydrogen gas, so it’s now on all of us as a nation to open our minds and homes to the concept of a hydrogen future.”

Also during Gas Safety Week, Rated People has encouraged homeowners to take action and book a boiler service as soon as possible to avoid the winter price surge. The most popular months for gas boiler jobs are January (13%), February (12%) and October (11%), with most of us putting off checking our boilers until the depths of winter when we’re thinking about our heating.

Adrienne Minster, CEO of Rated People, added: “It’s easy to forget about your boiler once it’s installed but it may be costly in the future. It’s important to get it serviced regularly to make sure it’s safe and running as it should. Plus, if you upgrade your boiler, you can save up to £305 on your yearly heating bills by making your home more energy-efficient.”