Switching rural homes from oil, provides big opportunity for installers

Wednesday 24th March 2021

As we slowly emerge from one of the most turbulent and uncertain periods in modern history, it’s clear things won’t be as they were pre-covid.

‘Green recovery’ has been a key theme over the last 12 months and one of the first areas to be tackled to meet Net Zero by 2050 will be off-grid heating. 

It’s clear that LPG and bioLPG provides a huge opportunity for rural homes. With the transition to renewable heat in mind, it is important that installers begin to look at their own businesses and how they get ready for the transition, maybe by expanding the technologies they install.

Made up of 1.5 million homes, installers will know a one size fits all approach won’t work for rural, off-grid homes and viable alternatives will need to be available. Those who live in rural areas know that the Government’s focus on electrification simply isn’t viable for many, not with the costs needed to effectively retrofit. This is where LPG and bioLPG can support.

LPG is currently the lowest carbon conventional fuel source available for off-grid properties. It emits 33% less carbon emissions than coal and up to 20% less than oil. It is clean burning and smoke free, and emits lower levels of NOx, SOx and Particulate Matter compared to other fuel sources.

Back in 2019, we launched our ambition for the industry to switch to bioLPG by 2040, which can save up to 90% emissions. The transition from LPG to bioLPG is simple as the infrastructure already exists. It is a drop-in solution, working just like LPG and no additional installation work is required.

In addition to the carbon savings, it’s affordable too. An LPG boiler is around £1.5K less to install when compared to oil boilers. There is no maintenance for homeowners either as an LPG tank remains the property of the supplier.

We want to support installers and equip them with the latest news and insight into the LPG industry and best practice when it comes to safety. It is clear LPG is here to stay and as we head towards a wider roll out of bioLPG, we want to work closely with engineers to make cleaner energy choices possible for the 1.5M off-grid homes based in rural communities.

The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK