Latest figures released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) show that the BUS has funded 2,891 projects up to the end of September 2022.
The BEIS state that the average heat pump costs homeowners £13,000, which means that even with a BUS grant, Britons must fund over half the cost themselves.
Mike Foster from the Energy and Utilities Alliance was critical of the scheme and claimed that it is an “immoral waste of money”. He told Express.co.uk last month: “The Government should absolutely be looking at the Boiler Upgrade Scheme. It is an immoral waste of money. It is taxpayer’s money that is being given to people who by definition do not struggle to pay their bills,” adding: “Every year, 30,000 get a boon of £5,000 to fit a heat pump. They were probably going to put a heat pump in already, but the Government have now given them £5,000 for it.
“If you can afford the other £8,000, you are by definition not short of a buck or two and that is not where the money should go. In these difficult times, a much better use of the money – the £150million a year – be given to 312,000 homes to have their lofts insulated.”
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In response, Express.co.uk ran a poll from 1:30pm on Monday, October 31, to 9am on Friday, November 4, asking readers: “Should Rishi Sunak scrap ‘immoral’ heat pump scheme?”
Overall, 3,427 people responded with the overwhelming majority, 92 percent (3,146 people) said “yes” in favour of the Prime Minister scrapping the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.
A further eight percent (264 people) said “no” he should not, while just 17 people said they did not know either way.
In the dozens of comments left below the accompanying article, readers shared their thoughts on the installation of heat pumps, with many arguing against their efficiency and value for money.
Some readers commented that the BUS should be stopped as heat pumps are still unaffordable, with one reader, username sined, writing that it should be done “immediately”.
Username Monkeytunes1 said: “Absolutely scrap it and find a solution that actually works without costing more than most people can afford.”
Another, username Jack Hackett, wrote: “Yes. They’re unaffordable for the average household.”
Username Freddy.boy said: “For all existing homes, heat pumps are completely inappropriate. Costly to modify existing systems, inefficient and costly to run. Waste of money.”
And username Arnier56788 said: “Maybe one day these things might be worth considering, but right now in their infancy they’re nowhere near as efficient as normal boilers – and they’re extremely noisy too!”
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At present, around 22 million UK homes are heated using gas boilers, with 1.5 million installed annually. This means that 85 percent of households are being urged to make the switch to heat pumps before gas boiler sales cease in 2035.
Property designer and presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs, Kevin McCloud, encouraged Britons to make the switch to help save on energy bills as costs continue to rise.
Writing in The Telegraph in September he said: “[Heat pumps] are getting more efficient, but I’d say get one now. They’re still a little expensive but the point is that it’s not complex technology and it’s not really going to change in terms of the offer.
“All that is going to happen over the next 10 years is that they’ll come down in price because they will be produced in vast volumes.”