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Centrica Starts Selling Heat Pumps as U.K. Homes Ditch Boilers

  • U.K. wants to install 600,000 machines a year by 2028
  • Households need to replace gas boilers to cut emissions
A serviceman works on a heat pump unit at a home in Folkestone, United Kingdom.

A serviceman works on a heat pump unit at a home in Folkestone, United Kingdom.

Photographer: Andrew Aitchison/In pictures/Getty Images

Centrica Plc is embracing the future with its first sales of heat pumps to help curb carbon emissions from British homes. 

The machines are much more efficient than the nation’s traditional gas boilers and use electricity to transform outside air to heating. The U.K. has a goal of installing 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028, and a total curb of new gas boilers by 2035.