Boiler Tax 2024 and Rising Costs of Home Heating from the CHMM

James Elston
Written by James Elston
Updated on 27th January 2024
Posted on 1st January 2024
Topic: News
Boiler tax rising costs of heating

Why is the CHMM causing boiler companies to introduce a levy to customers?

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In the evolving landscape of home heating, a new challenge has emerged for homeowners: the so-called “Boiler Tax”. 

This financial burden stems from recent penalties imposed on manufacturers for their failure to meet installation quotas for eco-friendlier heat pump through the Clean Heat Market Mechanism, or CHMM for short. 

Here, Boiler Central director James Elston delves into the implications of these fines and how they are inadvertently leading to a hike in boiler prices in 2024.

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How has the ‘Boiler Tax’ come about?

“The concept of the ‘Boiler Tax’ originated from regulatory measures aimed at reducing carbon emissions.” James states.

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“The UK Government has set what I feel as overly ambitious targets for the installation of heat pumps, a greener alternative to traditional boilers.”

James also adds, “Already, many manufacturers have struggled to comply with these quotas, which can result will in the future mean hefty fines. These extra costs, unfortunately, are trickling down to you, the consumers.”

“While we are doing everything we can at Boiler Central to keep the cost of a new boiler down, we simply have to be led by the manufacturers.” 

Here is an example of introducing a levy from one of the biggest brands in the UK Baxi:

Baxi state: “Over the last year, we have provided in-depth analysis and evidence to advise the Government on the CHMM design. 

“The final CHMM scheme announced on 30th November 2023 does not reflect the current situation in the UK domestic market, and will result in significant penalties for the gas boiler manufacturing sector.” 

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“We firmly believe the targets set by the CHMM are simply unachievable in the time frame dictated by the Government and as a consequence, in the first year of the scheme, Baxi can expect to incur a hugely significant financial penalty.”

“For this reason, and regrettably, we will be applying a “market mechanism levy” of £120 on all our residential gas boilers delivered from January 1 2024.”

“This levy is not a price increase, but a direct impact of the CHMM on our business, which we will use as payment to the Government for the penalty they award us for not meeting its 4% target.”

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‘Boiler Tax’ Impact on Boiler Prices

As a consequence of these fines, the prices of boilers are predicted to surge. Industry experts anticipate an increase of at least £120 per unit.  

This rise not only affects the initial purchase cost but also has a ripple effect on the overall affordability of maintaining a traditional heating system. While the affect of its tax will only be on the price of the new or replacement boilers, currently installation costs are stable but are expected to increase.

The Consumer’s Dilemma: Buy Now or Pay For It Later

Homeowners are now facing a dilemma: either invest in a more expensive boiler or consider the shift to a heat pump

While heat pumps offer long-term savings and environmental benefits, their high installation costs and the need for suitable infrastructure pose challenges for many.

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Long-Term Implications of the CHMM Levy

The Boiler Tax or CHMM levy, whichever you want to call it, raises crucial questions about the balance between environmental policies and consumer affordability. 

While the push towards greener alternatives is commendable, it is essential to consider the financial strain on average households.

Governments and manufacturers must work together to find a middle ground that accelerates the transition to sustainable heating without placing an undue burden on ours and everyones customers. .

Conclusion

The rise in boiler prices due to the Boiler Tax symbolises the complex interplay between environmental goals and economic realities.

It highlights the need for more nuanced strategies that support ecological transitions while being mindful of their impact on consumers. 

As the situation evolves, it is crucial for homeowners to stay informed and explore all available options to make the best decision for their heating needs.

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Written by
James Elston
James Elston Director Of Boiler Central
Posted on: 1st January 2024
Topic: News

James Elston is our resident boiler and heating expert here at Boiler Central. With over 20 years in the boiler installation industry, James ensures that he knows everything there is about our Gas Safe boiler installations, energy saving and home heating solutioons. This can be from simply procuring the latest new boilers, to reviewing ensuring that Boiler Central maintains the highest standards across the workforce from office to your home.

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