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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.
Stop wasting energy; start taking action! This is the section to get you started on energy-saving, whether it's changing your habits or improving your home – save energy and save money!
The better insulated your home is, the less money you'll spend heating it. Find out more about different types of insulation, including draught-proofing, double glazing, and insulation for lofts and walls.
The latest on energy-efficient boilers to save you energy and money, and the right controls to use as little energy as possible, whatever the age of your boiler. No boiler? Find out about controls for electric systems too.
Renewable and low-carbon technologies are good for the environment and good for your pocket too - with government financial incentives, it’s never been a better time to install. Find out more now!
Get inspiration for your own community projects from a range of case studies in PDF and video format; find extensive advice about funding your project; and explore our range of project tools.
Information, advice and resources about energy-saving travel – how you can avoid using the car, and how to drive more efficiently when you can't avoid it.
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK Government scheme set up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies among householders, communities and businesses through the provision of financial incentives. The UK Government expects the RHI to make a significant contribution towards their 2020 ambition of having 12 per cent of heating coming from renewable sources. The Renewable Heat Incentive is the first of its kind in the world.There are two phases to the introduction of the RHI:
Phase 1 of the RHI provides financial incentives to eligible, non-domestic renewable heat generators and producers of biomethane, for the life of the installations or up to a maximum of 20 years.Non-domestic sectors include industrial, commercial, public and non-for-profit sectors. A non-domestic installation might be a large-scale industrial heating systems or a smaller community heating project.Ofgem is responsible for administering the scheme. Find out about eligibility criteria and the application process at Ofgem’s RHI page.
The domestic RHI provides financial incentives to owners of eligible, renewable heating systems on their homes. It supports air source heat pumps (ASHP), biomass systems, ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and solar thermal technologies with tariffs varying depending on the technology.
The domestic RHI is open to owner occupiers, private landlords, Registered Providers of Social Housing and self-builders who have installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009, provided they meet the scheme criteria.
Successful applicants will receive quarterly payments for seven years. Any public grants previously received, including the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP), will be deducted to avoid a double subsidy.
The scheme covers England, Wales and Scotland only.
Ofgem is responsible for administering the scheme which opened in Spring 2014. Find out about eligibility criteria and the application process by visiting Ofgem.
If your home is in Scotland, please click here for more information and support.
Last updated April 2014.