DECC launch heating scheme

Households can save up to £1,250 for the installation of renewable heating systems such as biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pumps and solar thermal panels. The Government’s £15m […]

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By Tom Gibson

Households can save up to £1,250 for the installation of renewable heating systems such as biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pumps and solar thermal panels. The Government’s £15m ‘Renewable Heat Premium Payment’ scheme , which opens for applications on 1st August this year, aims to support up to 25,000 installations.

The scheme will target households not heated by mains gas and rely on more pollutant forms of heating, such as electric fires.

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Today starts a new era in home heating because we’re making it more economical for people to go green by providing discounts off the cost of eco heaters. This should be great news for people who are reliant on expensive oil or electric heating as the Premium Payment scheme is really aimed at them.”

From 1st August, grants for the following technologies will be available:

Ground Source Heat Pump – £1250 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)
• Biomass boiler – £950 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)
• Air source heat pump – £850 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)
• Solar thermal hot water panels – £300 grant (available to all households regardless of the type of heating system used)

The Energy Saving Trust is running the scheme and provide information on their website: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/RHPP