By Paul Homewood
h/t Ian Magness
More than two-thirds of people living in off-grid rural homes fear they would not be able to afford a heat pump if required to install one, a survey found.
Nearly 70 per cent of households said they would not be able to afford £15,000-30,000 to install a heat pump if their boiler breaks down after 2026, when the Government plans to ban new boiler installations in off-grid homes, the data show.
There are around four million homes in the UK that use heating oil or liquid gas, almost all of them in rural areas.
Fuel poverty rates among these households are 43 per cent higher than on-grid homes, affecting half a million households, and nearly half of residents are over-65.
Rural off-grid homes have faced soaring energy costs as the price of oil and liquid gas has risen in recent months, and they were…
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