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Grants to install eco heating systems

Jul 21

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Applications accepted from 1st August

Householders across the country could get up to £1,250 of government funding to help towards the cost of installing renewable heating systems such as biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pumps and solar thermal panels. 

The Government’s new £15 million ‘Renewable Heat Premium Payment’ scheme – which will open for applications on 1st August this year until March next year - will support up to 25,000 installations.

The scheme will be mainly focused at around 4 million households in Great Britain not heated by mains gas, who have to rely on higher carbon forms of heating which also tend to be more expensive than gas, such as heating oil and electric fires to keep warm.

The Premium Payment scheme will be run by the Energy Saving Trust and from 21st July an information line and website will go live to provide people with more information. Householders can call 0800 512 012 or visit

Householders will need to ensure they have basic energy efficiency measures in place before applying on 1st August and grants will be available on a first come first served basis.

From 1st August, grants for the following technologies will be available:

  • Ground Source Heat Pump - £1250 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)
  • Biomass boiler - £950 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)
  • Air source heat pump - £850 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)
  • Solar thermal hot water panels - £300 grant (available to all households regardless of the type of heating system used).


Before you buy one of these technologies, check out our buyers' guides to ground source heat pumps and biomass boilers which have just been published. You'll need to register first to access the Best Buys and Scorecard.


People who have installed kit under the Premium Payment scheme could  receive support through the Renewable Heat Incentive, providing they meet the eligibility criteria of the scheme when it is introduced. The RHI tariffs will be paid for 20 years to eligible technologies that have been installed since 15th July 2009 with payments made for each kWh of renewable heat produced.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will be open for applications from 30th September. Those interested in finding out information ahead of being able to apply in September can contact Ofgem E-Serve from on 0845 200 2122 or by visiting



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