Heat pump voucher allocations rise by half in February

  • Vouchers give eligible owners as much as £7,500 off units like warmth pumps 
  • The scheme has obtained greater than 35,000 functions because it started in 2022
  • Another £450million in grant funding has been allotted to final till 2025

Applications for the Government’s inexperienced heating scheme surged by 75 per cent in February in contrast with a 12 months in the past, with warmth pumps by far the most well-liked units to put in. 

As many as 2,317 functions for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, which is price as much as £7,500 to owners, had been made in the course of the month. 

It made February the third highest month for functions for the reason that scheme commenced, the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero mentioned. It comes after the quantity accessible below the grant was upped to £7,500 in October 2023. 

In February final 12 months, the scheme obtained 1,321 functions. The determine additionally rose by 13 per cent from January’s 2,046 functions.

Environmental option: Heat pumps are more energy efficient heating systems compared with gas or oil

Environmental choice: Heat pumps are extra vitality environment friendly heating programs in contrast with gasoline or oil

Of the 35,741 functions made to the scheme up to now, a whopping 96 per cent of have been for air supply warmth pump installations. So far, 30,571 vouchers have been issued below the scheme.

The Government mentioned it granted 54 per cent extra Boiler Upgrade Scheme vouchers throughout February 2024 at 1,868, up from 1,211 in February final 12 months.

What is the boiler improve scheme? 

The scheme, which opened functions in May 2022, affords as much as £7,500 off the price of a warmth pump, or £5,000 off the price of a biomass boiler. 

Grant funding for warmth pumps began at £5,000 for air supply and £6,000 for floor supply pumps, however had been upped to their present degree in October 2023.

Another £450million has been allotted for grant funding between 2022 and 2025.

The scheme is meant to increase the usage of low carbon heating programs in UK houses, develop the low carbon heating market and cut back the carbon output of heating in UK houses, as a part of the Government’s goal to achieve internet zero emissions by 2050. 

Energy safety secretary, Claire Coutinho, mentioned: No household needs to be pressured to make modifications that are not proper for them. With the appropriate assist – just like the 50 per cent enhance in warmth pump grants – households could make their houses hotter and reduce their emissions with out breaking the financial institution.’

Charlotte Lee, CEO of the Heat Pump Association added: ‘It’s nice to see the sustained enhance and curiosity within the Boiler Upgrade Scheme for the reason that grant uplift in October 2023, alongside the publication of a Government information for potential warmth pump homeowners which can assist to extend the notice of warmth pumps, from a trusted supply.’

How do warmth pumps work?

There are two varieties of warmth pump.

Air supply warmth pumps convert air from outdoors to water which heats your own home by way of radiators or underfloor heating. 

Ground supply warmth pumps switch warmth from the bottom outdoors to warmth your own home. 

Of the 2, floor supply air pumps are the most costly to put in and require extra outdoors area.

Who is choosing a warmth pump? 

The Government mentioned the variety of grants paid up to now below the scheme was 22,307. Nearly a fifth or 19 per cent of those grants, or 4,295, had been paid for installations within the South East of England, whereas one other 19 per cent, 4,245, had been for installations within the South West.

Only three per cent of the grants paid had been earmarked for properties within the North East at simply 610 installations, whereas Wales obtained 1,295 grants, or six per cent of the overall.

Almost half, 47 per cent, of householders had been changing a gasoline heating system, whereas 20 per cent had been changing oil programs and 18 per cent had been putting in warmth pumps in to properties that beforehand had no central heating system.

The Government added that as many as 57 per cent of those grants have gone to properties in rural areas, with a majority of the properties additionally on the gasoline grid.

The trade has known as for the Government to go additional in selling warmth pumps to households.  

Daniel Sarefjord, chief govt of warmth pump producer Aira, mentioned: ‘These figures present that British households are more and more searching for new and extra sustainable decisions to warmth their houses. 

‘There is a urgent want for the Government to go additional, sooner to unlock the thrilling alternatives that warmth pumps provide.

‘We can try this by scrapping planning purple tape for warmth pump installations, reforming the excessive tax burden on electrical energy that favours the gasoline trade and by signalling unambiguously to the British public that the electrification of our houses won’t price the earth.’