Gas Boiler or Electric Boiler?

The choice between a gas or electric boiler depends on various factors, including your location, energy costs, and specific needs. Here are some considerations for both types:

Gas Boiler:

  1. Efficiency: Gas boilers are often considered more energy-efficient than electric boilers, as natural gas tends to be a cheaper fuel source.
  2. Operating Costs: In many regions, natural gas is more cost-effective than electricity, making gas boilers a more economical choice in the long run.
  3. Environmental Impact: While natural gas is a fossil fuel and contributes to carbon emissions, modern gas boilers are designed to be more efficient, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to older models.

Electric Boiler:

  1. Installation: Electric boilers are often easier and less expensive to install since they don’t require gas pipework to run. They also tend to be more compact. Electric boiler’s don’t need to have a flue drilled through the wall, with Bath’s listed buildings this is especially relevant.
  2. Energy Efficiency: Electric boilers are generally considered efficient because they convert all the electricity into heat.
  3. Maintenance: Electric boilers typically have fewer moving parts than gas boilers, making them easier and less costly to maintain.
  4. Environmental Impact: The environmental impact of electric boilers depends on the electricity source. If your electricity is generated from renewable sources, an electric boiler can be a more environmentally friendly option.


  1. Energy Prices: Compare the costs of natural gas and electricity in your area. Keep in mind that energy prices can vary widely.
  2. Availability of Resources: Consider the availability of natural gas in your area. If it’s readily available, a gas boiler might be a more practical choice.
  3. Environmental Concerns: If reducing your carbon footprint is a priority, look into the sources of electricity in your region. If it’s predominantly from renewable sources, an electric boiler might be a more environmentally friendly option.
  4. Installation Requirements: Assess the feasibility and cost of installing gas lines or upgrading electrical systems if needed.

In summary, the choice between a gas or electric boiler depends on your specific circumstances and priorities. It’s recommended to consult with heating professionals and consider the long-term costs and environmental impact before making a decision. Call our qualified gas engineers and electricians who will be able to help you with the choice and provide a free quotation for your home. Ace Energy can be contacted on 01225 729005.

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