Savings, Incentives and Earnings
An air source heat pump system is designed to meet all your heating and hot water needs which for the average UK home accounts for 82% of your total final energy use according to the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) 2013 statistics. When you heat your property using an air source heat pump, your running costs are reduced to the amount of electricity required to run the heat pump, and because a heat pump is designed to produce 2.5 – 4.0 units of heat for 1 unit of input electricity ie an efficiency level of 250% to 400% this can mean considerable savings to your energy bill if it is replacing oil, LPG or all-electric heating, which typically operate at a best efficiency rate of 90%.
The Renewable Heat Incentive has been replaced by the Boiler Replacement Scheme. This contributes up to £5000 towards the cost of replacing an traditional Electric, Gas or Oil Fired Heating system with a renewable Air Source Heat Pump system. This system must be used to provide Hot Water and presently it does not cover Air to Air heat pumps or commercial organisations.
Elliott’s holds the coveted MCS accreditation for Air Source Heat Pumps which is a requirement for the installing company to be able to qualify the customer for the rebate.
Given that all types of Heat Pump whether Air to Air (typical AC system) or Air to Water (Air Source Heat Pump) are highly energy efficient and support the Government Net Zero objectives there is Zero Vat applicable to both systems.
Modern Air Conditioning systems use heat pump technology and inverter technology and like Air Source Heat Pumps are typically 4 x more energy efficient than traditional Heating systems. They are therefore a very cost effective and flexible solution for heating any room and can be easily and cheaply installed.
Green Deal Loans
There is a new Government Scheme called the Green Deal scheme which helps you make energy-saving improvements to your home and helps you find the best way to pay for them which can be through a Green Deal Loan.
The improvements that could qualify are those which will save you the most energy, typical examples include:
- insulation, such as solid wall, cavity wall or loft insulation
- double glazing
- renewable energy generation, such as solar panels or heat pumps
Further details are available through the Government Website at https://www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures