Air Source Heat Pump Grants
Over the past few years there have been several different government schemes to provide funding for the installation of heat pumps, to make the technology more accessible, and to incentivise the uptake of low carbon heating systems.
Traditional heating systems like oil and gas boilers tend to be less expensive up front to install than an air source heat pump.
The government grants like RHI, have helped homeowners make the decision to choose more efficient heat pump systems over traditional fossil fuel-based systems.
Previous schemes have included the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which ran from 2014 to early 2022, and the short-lived Green Homes Grant which was introduced as a “Covid Incentivisation Scheme” to help homeowners move from traditional fossil fuel heating and to provide much needed support to an industry dominated by small to medium sized businesses.
Homeowners taking part in the popular RHI scheme applied for it once a heat pump system was installed. The scheme paid homeowners a quarterly tariff over 7 years, based on the amount of renewable heat the system produced. This scheme was simple and generous but as the homeowner was paid over a period of several years after the heat pump was installed, it didn’t really help homeowners cover the upfront cost of the system.
The current government funding for heat pumps is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) which offers one off payments of either £5000 for air source heat pumps, or £6000 for ground source heat pumps, to help homeowners with the installation cost of a heat pump, helping them to switch to an efficient, modern, and environmentally conscious heating system.
Interested in the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?
The BUS scheme is available to domestic homeowners and custom builders (new build or renovation). To take part in the boiler upgrade scheme, homeowners need to replace an existing fossil fuel boiler or direct electric heating system with a heat pump. The new heat pump system needs to be installed and commissioned by an MCS accredited installer.
To apply for the scheme, existing properties must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) from the last 10 years. If your EPC shows recommendations for cavity wall and loft insulation, they must be insulated and evidenced via your EPC before the installation can be completed. If your property has solid walls and your EPC shows a recommendation for having them insulated, you do not need to have them insulated to be eligible.
Certain new builds are eligible for the scheme. To be eligible, a self-build must have:
- been built mainly using the labour or resources of the first owner;
- not been owned by a business or organisation;
- you will need to provide proof to your installer that your property is a self-build, for example a copy of the title deeds.
The government website has further information and the terms and conditions of the scheme. To be sure if you qualify for the scheme the government website has an eligibility checker.
For more information on the government’s website click here>
If you are interested in looking at taking part in the Boiler Upgrade Scheme and want some more information or have any questions about what type of heat pump system would be suitable for your property, please use the form below to get in touch with our team. Our experienced team will be able to answer any questions you have and advise you on the most suitable heat pump system for your property.
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