Getting money back

When you generate your own energy, you don't just save money by not having to buy that energy – you can also get paid for the energy you produce.

If you have a renewable electricity generating technology such as solar PV, wind turbine, micro-CHP or micro-hydro then you may be eligible for the UK Government’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme. Introduced in April 2010, this scheme pays generators a tariff for each unit of electricity generated and an additional tariff for each unit of electricity exported to grid.

For renewable heat, the UK Government will be introducing the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in 2014.


Before you start...

If you're thinking about installing a system to generate your own heat, make sure your home is as well insulated as it can be so your heat-producing system can be most efficient.

Focus on improving insulation and tackling draughts.