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.
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 Premium Payment is a one-off grant designed to help towards meeting the costs of installing renewable technologies in your home, until the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is introduced for domestic customers.
The Renewable Heat Premium Payments (RHPP) scheme closes on 31 March 2014 which means you have less than 15 working days to left to make a claim under this scheme. Scroll down for top tips on claiming your grant. If you are considering applying for renewable heating under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), you will need to check the eligibility requirements - some of these will be different to those under RHPP.
This is a UK Government scheme designed to help you afford renewable technologies for your home, such as:
|Air-to-Water Heat Pump||£1,300|
|Ground or Water-source Heat Pump||£2,300|
|Solar Thermal Hot Water||£600|
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme - Phase 2 extension will run from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014, subject to available funding.
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales and your installation did not receive funding under RHPP Phase 1, the RHPP Social Landlord Scheme nor the RHPP Communities Scheme you are eligible to apply for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment. Your installation must also not have been commissioned for the first time, as detailed on your MCS certificate, before 21 July 2011.
If you live in Northern Ireland, find out more about the Renewable Heat Premium Payment at the DETI website.
How you currently heat your home will depend on which technologies you are able to apply for:
If you have any further questions about whether you can apply, call the Energy Saving Advice Service:
Read more here if you are an installer of renewable heat technologies.
It is important to understand the full eligibility criteria before applying
As the applicant it is your responsibility to ensure that all information supplied at application and claim stage is accurate and complete. Any information that you provided to the Energy Saving Trust that is subsequently found to be untrue, inaccurate or incomplete may affect your ability to claim your rebate. Accordingly, applications should not be submitted by your installer.
If you have any further questions, please email these to RHPremium@est.org.uk
As part of the RHPP scheme, all applicants will be asked to submit information about how the technology you have installed is performing in its environment via online surveys. This is to support the monitoring programme and allow the Government to learn as much as possible about renewable technologies. In addition, metering equipment will be fitted to some heat pump installations. The metering equipment provides live data to the Department of Energy and Climate Change to enable them to evaluate the performance of heat pumps. This is ground-breaking research. The results will be used to inform heat pump technology developments and future government policy. The Energy Saving Trust has commissioned the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to coordinate the monitoring programme.
For heat pump installations, all householders will receive 80% of their voucher value when a valid claim is submitted, together with a signed checklist from the installer confirming whether or not the installation can be fitted with a meter. Householders will receive the final 20% following a visit from the metering team to check that the installation is really ‘meter ready’ and install a set of equipment, or if their installer has been trained to install monitoring equipment and installs it on EST’s behalf. If a householder has indicated that they are not meter ready, they will receive the final 20% of the grant at the end of the scheme.
Please ensure you include all the required documentation:
Upon receipt of your claim, an automated email will be sent to the address with which your application was registered. If you have not received this email by 02 April 2014 please contact the team on 0808 108 9414. We aim to process your voucher within 25 working days, however incomplete claims may take slightly longer. Once your claim has been processed you will receive an email confirming the funds are about to be transferred to your nominated bank account within ten working days.
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) Community Scheme supported communities to deliver clusters of domestic renewable heating systems.
Applications are now closed but the programme will publish key findings to help other groups to replicate successful approaches in the future.
Please note you are only eligible to claim an RHPP rebate for either the Domestic scheme or the Communities scheme. You cannot claim a rebate through both.
For the latest information on the Social Landlords competition, see Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) Social Landlords Competition – Phase Two Extensions 2013/14.
Generating energy – what suits your home? Use our online tool to find the technologies that will work for you.