Households carrying out energy efficiency improvements on their home can now get more money back to offset the cost of having the work done.

Households carrying out energy efficiency improvements on their home can now get more money back to offset the cost of having the work done.

From June, people in England and Wales will be able to get up to £7600 back through a new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund so they can take control of their bills and have warmer, greener homes.

The scheme helps people to install energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation and new heating systems by providing them with money back on the contributions they make towards improvements.

It opens up the market for smaller businesses in the energy efficiency sector, competing in new and innovative ways and providing further opportunities for jobs and growth.

Green Deal Installers and Providers should register with the scheme now. [More...]

The Energy and Environment Expo, which runs from 17-19 June, will advise attendees on how to get to grips with initiatives like the RHI.

The newly-launched domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is already driving interest among those in the heating and ventilation arena.

Yet, amid reports of rising numbers of applications to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme and widespread discussions of the commercial opportunities available to installers, this much-delayed scheme still remains poorly understood by the industry at large.

For this reason, the Energy and Environment Expo is offering the chance for heating and ventilation engineers and HVAC consultants to hear from industry experts.

The free-to-attend exhibition, which runs from 17–19 June 2014 at ExCeL London, will be hosting the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)’s RHI Roadshow event.  [More...]

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...]