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Heat Pump Grant Increases to £7,500 – Boiler Upgrade Scheme

On 20th September, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a number of changes to UK climate policy. He pushed back a ban on new petrol and diesel cars to 2035 and also relaxed regulations to phase out gas boilers. But he … Continue reading

Boiler Upgrade Scheme Launches Today

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme launches today, 1st April, 2022. Well… sort of, because the scheme isn’t fully in place yet. Installers can’t register for the scheme until 11th April and grant applications and payments won’t begin until May 23rd. Heat pumps … Continue reading

What Now For Heat Pump Funding in 2021?

The Green Homes Grant closed to new applications on March 31st 2021. The grant scheme had run since September 2020 and provided vouchers of up to £5,000 for primary measures including insulation and low carbon heating systems. Now that it’s … Continue reading

Green Homes Grant Closes to New Applications Today

The Green Homes Grant was launched in September 2020 with great ambitions. The scheme had twin aims to support important and necessary upgrades to the efficiency of the UK’s housing stock and to provide a boost in the context of … Continue reading

Do Air Source Heat Pumps Work in the UK?

The simple answer to this question is probably, yes, air source heat pumps do work in the UK. It might be more accurate, however, to say that air source heat pumps can work in the UK. It turns out that … Continue reading

UK Air Source Heat Pumps Have a Record Year for Domestic Installations

The latest domestic renewable heat update shows another record quarter for air source heat pumps. Coming after a second quarter performance that was also a record high, this completes the best 12 months for air source heat pumps since the … Continue reading

COP and SPF for Heat Pumps Explained

Heat pumps are powered by electricity but unlike conventional electrical heating, a heat pump is highly efficient. If you are looking into heat pumps, you’ll have come across the terms COP and SPF. Coefficient of Performance (COP) of Heat Pumps … Continue reading

Net Zero Carbon by 2050 – But How?

On June 24th, the House of Commons passed Government legislation committing the UK to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Not surprisingly, the zero emissions target has been broadly welcomed by environmental groups. Perhaps a little more interestingly, … Continue reading

Smart Export Guarantee – What You Need to Know

Find out how the Smart Export Guarantee will work and how much you can get paid when you export energy from your solar panels or other “green electricity” you generate. Continue reading

Solar Panel Feed in Tariff Ending, What Next?

The UK’s Feed in Tariff will close to new entrants from April 1st 2019. So what is next for solar in the UK? In the analysis below, we will take a look at solar panel returns and payback times after … Continue reading

How much does an air source heat pump cost?

If you’re considering switching to an air source heat pump for your heating and hot water, the cost of your installation is going to be a consideration for you. Here’s what you need to know. The cost of an air … Continue reading

What size air source heat pump do I need for my house?

Changing your heating over to a heat pump can be great for your pocket, and for the environment too. Heat pumps work by compressing the ambient heat in the outside air to concentrate that heat, then deliver it to your … Continue reading

UK Feed in Tariff Rates 2019 – All Technologies

Current, 2019 Feed in Tariff rates for the various technologies under the FIT scheme. UK Feed in Tariff rates for Solar PV, Wind, Hydro, Micro CHP and Anaerobic Digestion. This page will be updated as new rates are announced. Continue reading

What is a Solar PV Module?

Knowing the component parts that make up a solar PV system can help you make great choices when it comes to buying your set up. Here, we’ll explain exactly what a solar module is and what you should be looking for in … Continue reading

How do I know when I should replace my boiler?

Trying to keep an old boiler going can feel like throwing good money after bad. Not only do they tend to need repairs but they also run less efficiently, wasting money and fuel with every use. Deciding when to replace … Continue reading

What Is ‘Gas Safe’ And Why Is It Important To You?

The Gas Safe register lists those who are able to work on gas appliances. Here is what you need to know on Gas Safe and what it means for your safety. Continue reading

Benefits of Replacing Your Old Gas Boiler [infographic]

Replacing your old gas boiler with a new, energy efficient model can save you money, reduce the energy you waste and provide you with a warmer, more comfortable home. Continue reading

How Much Does Solar Panel Battery Storage Cost?

Your solar panels are converting light into electricity. This means that they are generating electricity during the day, when the house is often empty. Most commonly, this electricity is fed back to the grid. It stands to reason that it would … Continue reading

How Much Can You Save By Replacing Your Gas Boiler?

If you use a gas fired boiler with radiators, you’ll be spending on average 55% of your energy bill providing heating and hot water to your home. With the average dual fuel bill coming in at over £1,340 each year, … Continue reading

How Much Can Your Home Save With Solar Panels in 2016?

Just how much can you save with solar PV for your home? As the cost of the solar panels has fallen, so too has government subsidy, so where do we stand in 2016? Continue reading

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