The idea of ‘going green’ in your home is not a particularly new one – but when the time comes to implement some changes, it can often be difficult to know where to start.
What are some examples of eco home solutions? And how can you make them a reality?
A common option for many homeowners is getting a heat pump. However, this topic can come with some technicalities, and that’s why we have written this blog on: how can I get a heat pump grant? Read on for a clear answer to this question.
What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is a device which transfers thermal energy (for example, the warmth of the sun) from the outdoors into heating for your property.
Heat pumps offer an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional method of heating your home. By using the thermal energy which already exists in the atmosphere, the device reduces the carbon footprint of your household, and is therefore a device which many people look fondly upon.
The average heat pump system is noticeably more efficient than a boiler. Installing a heat pump can also be made possible through the UK’s ‘Boiler Upgrade Scheme’, which makes these devices more accessible for many families. These are two important advantages of heat pumps.
On the other hand, the installation of a heat pump can often be tricky. The cost of a device will start from around £5,000, but will sometimes be much more for a high-quality system. You may also have to hire an expert to install the heat pump, which will add to the cost. This makes a heat pump an expensive investment which many households cannot afford – so you should consider your finances carefully before jumping into a decision.
What is a Heat Pump Grant?
The UK government has released an initiative in recent years called the ‘Heat Pump Grant’. Mentioned earlier in this blog as the ‘Boiler Upgrade Scheme’, the heat pump grant gives homeowners in England and Wales the ability to apply for heat pump grants worth up to £6,000. This is a significant amount of money which makes the investment in a heat pump much more affordable.
Unfortunately, the typical heat pump grant will not cover the entirety of costs for getting a heat pump installed, and this means that you will have to pay the difference for any costs which are not covered. Therefore, while the heat pump grant significantly reduces your costs, it does not remove them altogether.
How Can I Get a Heat Pump Grant?
You can only get a heat pump grant if you are eligible for it. In England and Wales, the vast majority of homeowners and landlords will be able to apply. However, you are unable to get the grant if you live in social housing or new-build properties, unless you are building your own home.
To be successful in your application, you will need a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which doesn’t have out-standing recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation.
The heat pump grant scheme is not available in most of Scotland, and Northern Ireland has a different energy system altogether.
What is an energy efficient home?
Energy efficient properties are designed to avoid unnecessary energy consumption. These properties will typically use renewable sources and avoid greenhouse gas emissions wherever possible.
When you have an energy efficient home, it is better for the environment and also reduces your carbon footprint. Whether to invest in an energy efficient home is a question which many homeowners ask themselves.
Should I invest in an energy efficient home?
There are both financial and emotional factors to consider when deciding whether to invest in an energy efficient home. However, as well as caring about the environment, there can be other benefits of investing in an energy efficient home, including (when executed correctly):
- Improved air quality
- Reduced maintenance (for items such as boilers)
- More attractive interior design
- ‘Feel-good factor’
Many people say that it feels rewarding to live in an energy efficient home, because you are doing your bit to protect the environment.
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