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Air Source Heat Pump Grant

The Cold Weather Payments grant is available to those on certain benefits and can result in a weekly payment of £25 towards the cost of heating your home in the winter months.

What is an Air Source Heat Pump Grant?

With an air source heat pump grant, an air source pump become an attainable alternative way to heat your home. Air source heat pumps (ASHP) use the surrounding air as a heat source to heat a building. ASHPs tend to be much easier and cheaper to install than GSHP (as they do not need external heat collector loops), but are also usually less efficient. They can either be mounted directly on an external wall or on the ground and are similar in appearance to conventional air-conditioning units. Most home heating systems either burn fuel or convert electricity into heat. But heat pumps are different because they don’t generate heat. Instead, they move existing heat energy from outside into your home. This makes them more efficient. Since they deliver more heat energy than the electrical energy they consume. So, a heat-pump system can cost less to run than a traditional fossil fuel heating system. It extracts heat energy from the air or ground, even when it is cold outside, and uses it to warm your home. A well-designed air source pump system transfers around three to four times more energy into a property as heat then it uses to extract it. As a result, heat pumps are incredibly efficient. It will enable you to generate your own renewable heat and potentially save money on your energy bills. Especially with an air source heat pump grant.

Can you get a grant to install an air source heat pump?

Air source heat pumps are taking the world by storm. Despite this, they only account for 5% of the worlds heating – although, they have the potential to supply more than 90% of global space and water heating To encourage more people to invest in low-emission heat pumps, the UK government is offering a number of grants to Brits – including the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, which will offer up to £5,000 off the price of heat pumps. There are air source heat pump grants being offered currently. Not only will this make eco-friendly heating more affordable for people around the country, but it’ll also help the UK hit its target of net- zero emissions by 2050

Government Grants for Air Source Heat Pumps

The Government scheme for air source heat pump grants aims to reduce emissions but also cut the cost of fitting heat pumps so that more households can afford them. The idea is to ensure that low carbon, more efficient heating systems, such as heat pumps, will be no more expensive – and in many cases cheaper – to buy and run than gas boilers. Most homeowners, public landlords and private landlords in England and Wales will be able to participate in the scheme. The grant won’t, however, be available to those in social housing and new-build properties.

Northern Ireland has a different energy system, while the scheme won’t be available to those in Scotland.

Most households (up to the 30,000/year cap) that join the scheme will receive a £5,000 air source heat pump grant. Houses that need heat pumps where heat is sourced from the ground will, however, receive £6,000 as they are more expensive. It is expected, however, that the majority of houses will require air-sourced heat pumps.

This cash is designed to help cover the cost of everything from the pump to the installation, including any required changes to your home. For example, you may need to have new radiators installed that work with heat pumps. You will, however, be expected to pay for any shortfall on the final bill – see below.

The £5,000 air source heat pump grant is unlikely to cover all installation costs and you’re expected to foot the bill for the balance. Heat pumps (and their installation) cost between £10,000 and £12,000 on average. The idea is that you will end up paying roughly the same amount as you would for a gas boiler.

Air Source Heat Pump Grants in the UK

Until the Green Homes Grant Scheme was launched in October 2020, there was no specific heat pump grants available in the UK to support the up front costs of the installation of an Air Source Heat Pump or Ground Source Heat Pump. Now there are air source heat pump grants and options available for homeowners. However, homeowners and businesses have had the choice of various other subsidies, financial assistance schemes, and government incentives to help them switch to renewables for some time, and these still continue to be available even with the Green Homes Grant Scheme. These initiatives apply to renewable heating solutions such as air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, hybrid systems, biomass boilers, and solar thermal panels. These will help you cover the cost and benefit financially from installing an air source heat pump or ground source heat pump at your property.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The Domestic RHI and Non-domestic RHI schemes are the most significant financial incentives in the UK, designed to improve the uptake in renewable heating. In a nutshell, these schemes pay out quarterly payments to system owners, based on the clean renewable heat generated to heat your home and hot water. Based on the hours reported on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), there are caps to the maximum you can claim under the domestic scheme.  This incentive is designed to help the UK make the switch to a greener future, and has proved to be very popular. Tariffs vary, based on the technology you use. In all cases, a property must meet the adequate energy efficiency ratings to qualify. Renewable Heat Incentive payments come as an additional benefit to utility bill savings, and renewable heating systems can also add value to a property. For more information about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), download our guide. The RHI can mean that you make your money back over time, but you still need to find the upfront funds to purchase and install the air source heat pump or ground source heat pump. Unless…

Green Heat Grant Voucher Scheme

The Green Heat Grant Voucher Scheme was launched in October 2020 and will run until March 2021. The scheme provides a voucher of £5,000 or £10,000 depending on personal financial circumstances towards the cost of the supply and installation of an air source heat pump or ground source heat pump. The scheme is currently available in England only and is truly the only Air Source Heat Pump Grants in the UK. There are limited numbers of vouchers available, but they are free to apply for once you have a quotation from an MCS Accredited and TrustMark Approved installer. following approval the work needs to be undertaken and completed with the additional costs of the project paid for by the consumer. The installer can request the redemption of the voucher to receive the payment from the Government. Given the costs involved with installing an air source heat pump or ground source heat pump this can be a useful sum of money that you don’t have to find up-front. You can also still apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive after the installation has taken place. Any amount due under the RHI will be reduced by the amount of any voucher received but can still, in a lot of cases, provide additional payments over the 7 year period.

Air Source Heat Pump Grants in Scotland

People who live in Scotland can apply to be part of the Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotlandscheme, which offers support and funding to households struggling to stay warm and pay their heating bills. Expert advisors offer advice tailored specifically to your home, which can include insulation, tackling condensation and damp, and switching to a renewable heating system like a heat pump. The scheme is aimed at homeowners and private sector tenants who have lived in their home for more than 12 months, and who meet various criteria, such as their house having an energy rating of 67 or lower and which isn’t more than 230 square metres in floor size. Over 17,000 Scottish households have already had energy saving measures installed in their homes using the scheme, and have saved an average of £300 per year on energy bills.

Home Energy Scotland Loan

Funding of up to £38,500 per home is available to owner occupiers in Scotland from the Home Energy Scotland loan. This includes £15,000 for a range of energy efficiency improvements, plus an additional £17,500 for the installation of clean, renewable energy systems such as heat pumps. It’s important to note that this system is a loan, rather than a air source heat pump grant, and you will be expected to pay it back. The amount you have to repay, and the amount of time you can take to repay it, varies depending on how much you borrow. However, it is an interest-free loan, which means you pay back the exact amount you borrowed and will not accrue more debt over time. You can’t begin work on installing an air pump until you have received the loan offer in writing, meaning you can’t claim for an air pump that was installed before you made your application.

Air Source Heat Pump Grants in Wales

Nest Scheme, Wales

The Welsh Assembly launched Nest in 2011 to replace the previous Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (HEES). The aim of Nest is to reduce the number of households living in fuel poverty and make Welsh homes more fuel efficient and warmer places to live. The scheme is available to people in Wales who receive a means tested benefit, such as housing benefit, universal credit or working tax credit, and live in homes that are hard to heat. You may be eligible for the scheme if you own or privately rent your home and that home is not energy efficient (F or G rated). An expert advisor will come and assess your home, then offer a range of improvements, at no cost to you. These improvements could include the installation of renewable energy technologies, such as a heat pump, and will lower your energy bills, as well as making your home warmer. Having a heat pump fitted may feel like an impossible ideal if you don’t have the money immediately available to pay for its installation. The initial financial outlay for having a pump can be large, which proves a real barrier for many people who wish to use clean, renewable energy in their home. However, there are various grants, loans and funds available to help, and the UK government, as well as Britain’s devolved governments, are keen to provide incentives to enable people to have energy-efficiency improvements made in their homes.

Apply for a air source heat pump grant today

Following your successful application, we will arrange a free, no obligation survey to ensure the maximum grant is obtained and advise you on the best products to reduce your homes energy usage.

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