Government cash grants make renewable heat a no brainer

This winter the UK’s major energy suppliers are once again cranking up the cost of gas and electricity, pushing thousands of customers to renewable heat as a way of cutting bills.

And the Coalition has made this transition from fossil fuels to renewables all the more easier with their Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP). The scheme helps to support the installation of renewables with a one off cash grant.
Under the scheme, you can receive:

  • £1,250 for the installation of a ground source heat pump
  • £950 for the installation of a biomass boiler
  • £850 for the installation of an air source heat pump
  • £300 towards the installation of solar thermal panels.

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Smallest heat pump manufactured in UK

The smallest heat pump available on the market has been manufactured in the UK, in an effort to provide flats and small properties with heat and hot water.

Manufactured by a company in Cornwall, the Shoebox Heat Pump is small enough to fit into a kitchen cupboard. It operates ‘virtually silently’ and is most suitable for new builds with an adequate outside space for installation.

The Shoebox heat pump works in the same manner as the more conventional systems, capturing natural energy from the ground and converting into usable heat for the home and hot water.

On top of this, the system has gained certification from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Even though it’s purposely designed for the residential market, the Shoebox heat pump will even be eligible for Renewable Heat Incentive funding.
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Heat pump installers: Know the product before receiving quotes

With any product it’s always best to know everything you need to before going ahead with receiving quotes and this is the same with heat pump installers. Heat pumps are a renewable product and help homeowners to slash their energy bills and will even earn an income with the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Air source heat pumps will probably be the route you take if you’re interested in renewables as they don’t need to be buried in the ground and instead are fitted to the external wall of your property.

With air source heat pumps:

  • Reduce your home’s bills by replacing gas or electric heating with a free source of environmentally friendly energy
  • Earn an income with the Government’s RHI scheme which will pay for every unit of renewable energy generated
  • Lower your home’s carbon footprint, helping the environment with global warming issues and the Government meet tough EU targets
  • Provide free heat for both space heating and hot water
  • You won’t need heavy maintenance as they’re often referred to as a ‘fit and forget’ technology, lasting over 25 years without a hitch
  • See an easier installation than with ground source heat pumps, as there’s no need for a borehole in your back garden

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Air source heat pump prices and must know information

Air source heat pump prices now make this renewable technology viable for almost every household and return of investment is as little as four years. On top of this, there’s the potential to make over £25,000 with a system, simply by switching from a boiler.

Air heat pumps are located at the back of properties, often attached to the external wall or free standing. They extract heat from the air and convert it into usable energy for your home. This heat can be used for both space heating and warming water.

Whilst heat pumps do require electricity to run, they generate more free heat than what they’re using.

Geothermal (ground) heat pumps are available too, but tend to be more expensive than the air source heat pump prices. Ground heat pumps have pipes buried in the ground to extract heat from the natural source.
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Warm air heating systems to benefit from Scottish investment

More money will be used to ensure the uptake of renewables such as warm air heating systems, in the pursuit of becoming environmentally friendly and generating clean energy.

A further £5 million will be pumped into the Scottish renewable kitty and will be made available for heat pumps and biomass boilers. From August 2012, this will be distributed to those wanting to cut their energy bills, with loans up to £10,000.

Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has launched this scheme as part of a wider microgeneration strategy, which aims to encourage people to invest in renewables.

Warm air heating systems are included in the renewables group as they take natural energy from the ground and convert it into heat for the home. This is used for space heating and for hot water.

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Heat pump prices and benefits: Make money with renewables

Renewables are one of the energy market’s biggest movers in the last 10 years and because of fantastic heat pump prices, homeowners are ready to jump on board the renewable wagon.

With renewable schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), heat pumps will be even more lucrative with a fixed income achievable when implemented later this year or in 2013.

When it comes to heat pump prices, the cost will differ depending on the system you opt for. For your home there’s the choice of geothermal heat pumps or air source heat pumps. However, it’s the air source system that is currently the most attractive because even though it’s slightly less efficient, it’s much cheaper in price.

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Time running out for warm air heating incentives

Renewable warm air heating systems such as heat pumps could have their incentives stripped if the Government is unable to keep within its budget. This makes a quicker installation even more important as homeowners are set to make savings and earnings of around £1,500 a year with renewable heat.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) pays out for all heat produced over a 20-year period and climate change minister Greg Barker wants to ensure the scheme stays within a £70 million budget for 2012.

The RHI was launched last year as a further incentive for homeowners to invest in renewables. It mainly targets biomass boilers and heat pumps (both ground and air source).
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What is the potential for a ground source heat pump?

The argument for and against renewables mainly focuses on the large scale installations such as wind turbines and solar panels, but it’s the ground source heat pump that can make the biggest difference.

Renewables take a natural source of energy and convert it into electricity or heat for the home. A ground source heat pump is no different and generates heat for your home by capturing warmth.

And a Renewable Energy Association (REA) report suggests that geothermal power could contribute to a fifth of the total energy needs in the UK, if utilised correctly.
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What is heat pump heating?

Using a renewable source to produce energy is the best way to avoid the rising prices of National Grid gas and electricity, but what is heat pump heating?

Heat pumps come in two main forms, ground source and air source. They draw heat from their respective source and convert it into usable energy for the home. This is a very reliable and efficient way of heating a property, whilst cutting carbon emissions in the process.

Ground and air source heat pumps use renewable energy, as the heat they take is constantly available and seemingly never ending. What’s more, this energy is 100% free, meaning there is a huge amount to be saved on energy bills.

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Ground source heat pumps offer UK renewable future

Ground source heat pumps in Britain are to receive a boost, with recent reports showing the potential to be made from this renewable source, especially in the southwest of England in regions such as Cornwall.

MP Sarah Newton believes that Cornwall has a big part to play in this renewable future and says there’s the geothermal potential to power 20% of UK homes.

A report on ground source heat pumps titled ‘Geothermal Potential for Great Britain and Northern Ireland’ has been published from leading consultants Sinclair Knight Merz, with plenty of support from the Renewable Energy Association.

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