Did you know that as if April 2014 the UK government started offering renewable heat incentives for those who use renewable heat in the home or in their businesses? The aim of the project is to reduce pollution and reduce carbon emissions. Anyone who joins the scheme and does what is required gets paid every quarter for 7 years for the renewable heat that they produce. The scheme is currently covering the following forms of renewable heat:
• Solar power from solar panels. This is probably the easiest form of renewable heat there is today and many people in the UK now have it. The scheme has restricted it to only two kinds of panels, evacuated tube and liquid filled flat plate panels.
• Biomass is also considered so if you use wood, logs or chips to heat your home you qualify.
• Biomass boilers, the kind that heat water through radiators, will qualify you for incentives.
• Source heat pumps that extract heat from the ground.
• Lastly, air to water heat pumps.
When the scheme was first established in 2014, it was very well received all across the country. By the end of just one week, 1,000 applicants had already been accredited.
Why should you go for it?
We all contribute to the carbon foot print not just of the country but of the world at large. It is our responsibility as citizens to ensure that we do everything we can to take care of our environment. That is why you should aim to get renewable heat in both your home and your business. Renewable heat ensures gets you off the electricity grid which helps the environment in many ways.
The first is that electricity requires fuel to generate, so if less and less people use, less and less litres of fuel will be required. The second is that generating electricity increases carbon emissions. Carbon emissions are a concern because they lead to global warming.
There is another way that renewable energy is good for you – you pay less for heating in the long run. Many people thing that installing solar panels or switching to wind or wood power is a huge expense. The truth is that it may be big in the beginning but as time goes and you recover your money, you pay smaller and smaller bills for heating. In addition to that, the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive will help you not feel the pinch too much in the beginning. The government has calculated it is such a way that your financial outlay will not be so big if you decide to install renewable heating in your home or your business.
If you have been hesitant about installing renewable heating in your home or your business you shouldn’t be any more; the Domestic RHI will take care of part of the cost.