Government announces grants for heat pumps – RATED PEOPLE RESPOND

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  Posted by: electime      19th August 2021

In response to the news that the government will be introducing grants of up to £7,000 to help households replace gas boilers –

  • Rated People has reported a 28 per cent rise in demand for heat pump installations.
  • An air source heat pump – the most common style of heat pump – could save the average detached home with four bedrooms up to £1,300 per year, depending on the heating system you are replacing.
  • Before the £7,000 grants come into play, homeowners can still claim £970 per year through the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.
  • Rated People’s Home Improvement Trends Report found that 57 per cent of homeowners want to be more eco-friendly.

Adrienne Minster, CEO of Rated People, commented: “It’s great to hear that the government is looking to quadruple the budget for the Clean Heat Grant. The average cost of an air source heat pump is around £10,000 and price remains a big barrier for homeowners looking to lower their carbon footprint. This grant of up to £7,000 will go a long way to helping many move to a cleaner energy solution. It’s set to help 60,000 households, and while there are a lot more than 60,000 gas boilers to replace across the UK, it’s a good start to further tackling carbon emissions.

Our research has shown that growing awareness about climate change has meant that homeowners are keen to go green where possible. For a number of years, solar panels and insulation have been the go-to options when making sustainable home renovations. However, the fuel we use to heat our homes can make a big difference to a property’s carbon footprint. This is where heat pumps can play a huge role.”

How an air source heat pump (ASHP) works

  1. Heat is absorbed from the air outside at a low temperature – as low as -15°C
  2. The heat is transferred into a fluid.
  3. The fluid goes through a compressor at a higher temperature.
  4. The heat is moved into the heating and hot water systems in your home.