Survey reveals mixed reaction to hydrogen

New research undertaken on behalf of 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, while over half are quite accepting of this technology and its environmental benefits.

The findings also reveal that almost 9 out of 10 homeowners are influenced by the sustainable credentials of a hydrogen boiler to have one installed in their home, but over half (51%) stated they would rather someone else tried one out before getting one themselves.

The lower cost of a hydrogen boiler compared to other energy efficient technologies (saving £6400 versus an electric heat pump) was enough to sway over half of the respondents, with 51% saying that they would opt for hydrogen as their future home heating solution.

However, whilst the intentions are good, 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.

Martyn Bridges, director of technical communication & product management, comments: “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 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.”

For more information on hydrogen boilers and the future of home heating visit: https://www.worcester-bosch.co.uk/future-of-heating

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