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A massive 79 percent of Express.co.uk readers said that gas boilers should never be banned in a poll of 8,871 people held between 3.19pm July 28 and 3.30pm July 30. Just 17 percent of voters said they would be in support of the scheme to phase out the use of gas boilers in British homes.
One reader, Grayer, said the scheme is “just another money spinner by the gerbils in charge who have ties to big businesses”.
A second reader commented: “Changing boilers is not going to stop climate change.”
Boris Johnson is reportedly considering pushing back the intended ban on gas boilers in new homes from 2025 to 2040 because of resistance from housing developers and families. He had hoped a switch to condensing boilers and biomass boilers across the country would bring down carbon emissions.
Express.co.uk readers overwhelmingly do not support Boris's green plan to phase out gas boilers
The year 2035 seemed like a good time to make the change according to 12 percent of voters, two percent said the switch should be made now, one percent said 2023, and two percent said Boris should stick to 2025, while four percent of voters were not sure of when would be best.
When discussing how realistic the proposed date for the ban is, a reader said that “everything will get pushed back, including electric cars”.
Another reader advised that the Government should “provide copious green electricity at prices cheaper than gas and then there will be no need for legislation”.
These results contrast with a similar study conducted by YouGov, in which 34 percent of people said they were in support of the ban, 27 percent opposed it, and 40 percent of people did not have an opinion on the matter.
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The area YouGov found to be most supportive was London, and Scotland was least supportive.
Labour voters were found to be far more supportive of a ban on gas boilers in new-builds than Conservative voters.
Similarly, the younger generation were more supportive of this eco conscious move than the older generation.
Those from higher social grade brackets were more supportive and those in lower bands were more likely to oppose the switch.
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When asked whether the Government should give out financial incentives to promote green boiler installation, 55 percent of Express.co.uk voters said they should, 40 percent said they should not, and 5 percent were unsure.
One reader commented: “If the Government want me to change my heating system, I'm quite happy to do that - with 100 percent grant for equipment and installation costs, otherwise, forget it.”
Another said: “Greener choices are way too expensive to buy.
“You will not see the benefit in your lifetime.”
In fact, A renewable energy condensing boiler ranges from £500 to £1,700 which is equally matched to the traditional gas boiler, which sells at an average of £1000.
This leads to the question of whether British people should seek to improve the country’s eco footprint in order to make the local and global environment a better place for generations to come. What do you think? Tell us in the comments.