Impact of Environmental Changes on Home Heating Sources
Global warming and climate change are both hugely topical items on the news agenda worldwide. Bulletins can range from the more general insights to focusing on regulatory approved changes set out to improve omissions and reduce the carbon footprint.
One of the most recent changes to come into effect is aimed at cutting down air pollution from home heating sources. As of May 2021, the sale of coal and wet wood is now being restricted in England. It is important to note that the use of open fires and stoves can still be used however people must opt to burn cleaner alternatives.
These restrictions are the first to come into effect since the Clean Air Acts of the 1950s and whilst the UKs air is far cleaner now, pollution from log burners has increased dramatically in recent years.
Government data has found that whilst only 8% of households use them, they are the biggest source of tiny pollution particles that are most damaging to health, three times more so than road traffic!
It is now being noted that people will need to opt for dry wood or manufactured solid fuels which both produce less smoke. Whilst these new restrictions only apply to England, there are similar proposals being considered to reduce the burning of wood and coal in both Wales and Scotland.
How does this affect your client?
It is recommended you discuss the new regulations with policyholders who confirm the heating type in their homes is open fires or wood burning stoves. The new regulations mean clients should only be burning fuel which is lawful and compliant with the new government regulations.