Heat Pump Grants and the ECO scheme
Heat pumps have become essential to the UK's journey towards cleaner energy and reduced carbon emissions. They're suitable for a broad range of homes and a means to lower energy bills. Here's a detailed look into the different types of heat pumps and how you, as a British homeowner, can benefit from the ECO scheme.
Heat Pumps: An Efficient and Low-Carbon Heating Option
Heat pumps are suitable for nearly every home, and depending on the system being replaced, they can significantly reduce energy bills. A heat pump captures heat from outside and moves it into your home. Though it uses electricity, the heat energy delivered to your home far surpasses the electrical energy consumed to run the system. This makes a heat pump an exceptionally low-carbon heating option.
With the continuous addition of renewable sources to the electricity grid, replacing existing gas and coal power stations, electricity is becoming increasingly low-carbon. Heat pumps will become more environmentally friendly as our electricity grid further decarbonises. Tens of thousands of heat pumps are installed across the UK each year, and the Government expects millions more installations over the next 10-15 years to meet the 2050 net-zero targets.
Air Source and Ground Source Heat Pumps Explained
Air Source Heat Pumps
An air source heat pump, also known as an air-to-water source heat pump, transfers heat from the outside air to water, heating your rooms via radiators or underfloor heating. It can also heat water stored in a hot water cylinder for showers, hot taps, and baths. Heat from the air is absorbed into a fluid passed through a heat exchanger into the heat pump, raising the temperature and transferring that heat to water.
Air source heat pumps are suitable for many homes and are the most common domestic heat pump in the UK, with tens of thousands of installations. The cost depends on factors like the size and age of your property and heat distribution. Standard costs are around £14,000, but through the ECO Scheme, Eco-home Network uses funding to meet all the costs.
Ground Source Heat Pumps
A ground source heat pump, or a ground-to-water heat pump, transfers heat from the ground outside your home to heat your radiators or underfloor heating and hot water stored in a cylinder.
The cost varies based on access to the ground, the brand, model and size of the heat pump, the size and type of property, and whether you're improving your radiators or installing new ones. Typical costs are around £28,000, but with Eco-Home Network and Eco Scheme funding, most, if not all, of the costs for Heat Pumps and their installation through a Trustmark-approved installer can be covered.
The ECO Scheme: Your Path to Affordable Energy Efficiency
The ECO Scheme is a golden opportunity for homeowners to implement energy efficiency measures without bearing the full costs. Even if you don't think you'll qualify, completing the Eligibility form on our website is worth completing.
The rules of Ofgem are ever-changing, and you might be eligible for funding to pay for all the energy efficiency measures in your home.
Alternatively, call a team member on 0333 577 5852 to discuss how we can help you move towards a greener, more cost-effective future.