11/10/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/10/2020 05:44
Heating buildings is a major source of carbon emissions in the UK - and technologies like heat pumps can help us break away from burning fossil fuels.
Installing a heat pump will help make your home greener; especially when combined with our new heat pump tariff. But there's a lot to think about before getting one. Here are a few pointers to help you with your research.
Heat pumps work by extracting solar heat energy from the air or the ground. They produce heat at a lower level compared to a typical gas central heating system.
To get the best out of your heat pump, it's essential to make sure your home is well insulated. This could include having loft insulation and cavity or solid wall insulation as well. This will also help keep running costs down.
Because of the lower level of heat generated, some people combine a heat pump with underfloor heating, which uses less intense heat to warm up a larger area. But they can also be suitable for homes with more traditional radiators.
The Green Homes Grant
The government has recently launched the Green Homes Grant scheme. This provides financial support for installing new energy efficiency measures, including heat pumps and insulation. Here are some of the details of how it works:
You must have completed the works and redeemed the voucher by 31st March 2020.
Read more about the Green Homes Grant.
Renewable Heat Incentive
Once you've installed a heat pump, you'll also be able to register to receive the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). This provides you with quarterly payments over 7 years, and helps repay the cost of installing renewable heat technology.
You can only apply for the RHI once your heating system has been commissioned and you've received an MCS certificate and a domestic Energy Performance Certificate. You also need to register for the RHI within 12 months of your commissioning date.
The scheme is set to close to new applicants in March 2022, so make sure you get your application in before then.
Find out more about the Renewable Heat Incentive.
There are two main types of heat pump: air source (ASHP) or ground source (GSHP). Here are a few basic comparisons between the two:
Air to air heat pumps are one of the cheapest heat pumps available. They generate hot air which is then circulated around the house, and can also be reversed to provide air conditioning. This type of heat pump isn't eligible for Renewable Heat Incentive payments.
Because they draw solar heat energy from the ground or air, heat pumps are considered renewable. But they still need electricity to run. Combining them with solar panels will help your home be even greener and more self-sufficient.
Or you could sign up with a 100% renewable electricity supplier like us. Our new heat pump tariff provides 100% renewable electricity with lower unit rates and no standing charge over the winter months, helping to reduce running costs compared with our standard electricity tariff.