On September 20th 2017 the Government changed the regulations for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), one of the changes includes the grant you receive from the government for installing a renewable heat source being increased. This means that compared to the 7.63p per KWh you received for an Air Source Heat Pump you will now receive 10.18p per KWh of renewable heat that they produce. Ground source heat pumps now receive 19.86p per KWh.
Air Source Heat Pumps make use of the ambient outside temperature for use in your home’s heating. Even on a cold day thermal energy can be extracted from the atmosphere to provide you with heat through it’s compressor and heat exchanger. Ground source Heat Pumps use pipes which are laid beneath the garden of your property to extract heat from the ground. Both systems can be used to heat radiators, underfloor heating and warm air heating systems as well as supplying all the hot water in your home.
Air Source and Ground Source Heat Pumps can be used to replace gas or oil boilers, providing a cleaner and greener way to heat your home. Other benefits of both heat sources include saving as much as 50% on normal heating costs, a lifespan of over 25 years, compatible with other renewable installations such as Solar Panels and being eligible to receive 7 years worth of RHI payments from the Government to cover the cost of the installation.
For more information visit the Ofgem website.