Sustainability is a huge topic, and we are all aware of the need to be more sustainable in our own lives to help protect the future. However, new research released by Worcester Bosch to coincide with Gas Safety Week has found that many consumers in the UK are wary of welcoming hydrogen gas fired boilers in their home, with over half of Brits quite accepting of this technology and its environmental benefits.
The findings also revealed that almost nine out of 10 homeowners are influenced by the sustainable credentials of a hydrogen boiler to have one installed in their home. However, over half (51%) stated they would rather someone else tried one out before getting one themselves.
As well as their greener environmental credentials, another advantage of a hydrogen boiler is the cost versus other energy efficient technologies. Saving £6,400 versus an electric heat pump was enough to sway over half of Brits (51%) towards opting for hydrogen as their future home heating solution.
However, education is still needed as a significant 59% of Brits do not feel they know enough about the emerging technology to make a decision about buying one.
Martyn Bridges, Director of Technical Communication & Product Management commented: “With around 24m 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 remainder 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.”