What is The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

what is the domestic renewable heat incentive

In April 2014 the UK government introduced their RHI scheme. RHI stands for renewable heat incentive and its aim is to encourage the use of renewable heat, whether you’re a domestic or non-domestic customer.

What is The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

The domestic renewable heat incentive, or RHI was started to promote the usage of renewable heat for domestic and non-domestic citizens. Homeowners and business customers stand to earn money for any heat produced from renewable sources rather than fossil fuels. Their own utility bills will be cheaper and there will be less CO2 emissions.

How Much Can It Cost

Although the initial costs of installing a renewable heating system are expensive this expense can be recouped by the government’s quarterly payment scheme. Payments will be made for 7 years. Those who are currently off the mains gas grid stand to gain the most but those on the grid can also make substantial savings too.

You can also use the renewable heat incentive calculator to find out how much money you could get from the government.

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Schemes

The Renewable Heat Incentive has two schemes.

  • Domestic.
  • Non-Domestic.

To decide which one is for you, check The Renewable Heat Incentive – Domestic or Non-Domestic?

What Types Of Renewable Heating Can You Claim

You’re able to claim for 4 different types of renewable energy. Let’s take a brief look at the different kinds of technology.

    • Solar thermal. A solar flat panel collector is installed on the roof to harness the sun’s rays and produce hot water. Evacuated tube solar panels are also a form of solar thermal heating. It only takes a couple of days to install and best results will be achieved on a south facing roof. You’ll still need a hot water tank and a boiler or hot water pump for heating and hot water in the winter.
    • Air source heat pumps. This system takes heat from the air outside which is used to heat radiators, hot water and underfloor heating. The pump is placed outside the home and electricity is used to compress the air and release it at a higher temperature. This system works even when temperatures are below freezing.
    • Ground source heat pumps. The ground is an excellent natural source of heat and this system harnesses it to provide heat and hot water. This system involves a series of looped pipes being buried 2 metres underground. Water is pumped through the pipes and back out again with the natural ground heat increasing the water temperature. You might not be aware but the ground is able to maintain a constant temperature between 8 and 12 degrees centigrade.
    • Biomass heater. This system uses wood pellets or logs, as opposed to natural gas or oil.You’ll need space outside for the heater and space to store the wood.

How to Apply for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

To be eligible to apply, you need to either be a home-owner, or a private or social landlord. You have to apply online.

To claim you’ll need to undergo a Green Deal assessment, cost £150. A certified installer will need to install the system you choose as it’s not a job for a DIYer.


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