The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has launched, giving you the chance to receive payments from the government for generating your own renewable heat.

The RHI scheme pays quarterly for seven years. The amount of money received will depend on which renewable heat technology you install, and how much renewable heat it produces.

The scheme is primarily targeted at, but not limited to, households off the gas grid. It typically costs more to heat homes that don't use gas.

Read the Which? RHI guide to find out more details about the scheme, how much you could make, how to find out if you’re eligible and how to go about applying. [More...]

Great swathes of Yorkshire’s terraced housing were built without easy to insulate cavity walls, which has earned them the label “hard to treat”.

Most of the properties have solid walls creating permanent cold spots. At an average cost of between £6,000 and £10,000 for solid wall insulation, most homeowners cannot afford to invest in this energy efficiency measure, despite the considerable savings that can be made on fuel bills. [More...]

The heat is on for renewables. The government will now pay you for installing a renewable heating system in your home. How does that work? The government has just launched the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, a financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat in homes. The scheme is open to owners, tenants, private and registered social landlords and even self-builders. Only housebuilders installing renewable heating systems in new-build homes are excluded.

What type of system can I install? Four types of renewable heating system are eligible: biomass boilers and biomass pellet stoves; air source heat pumps; ground source heat pumps; and solar thermal panels. You must choose a product from an approved list. [More...]

Householders installing measures under the Government's flagship home energy efficiency scheme could get up to £7,600 cash back.

The new "Green Deal home improvement fund" will provide money back to homeowners on the contributions they make to installing measures such as solid wall insulation and new heating systems. [More...]

Financial incentives for homeowners off the gas grid to switch to technologies such as biomass boilers. Homeowners relying on expensive, dirty oil for heating will be offered payments of thousands of pounds from Wednesday to switch to renewable energy alternatives in a government drive to cut carbon emissions from heat. [More...]