Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Launches

After what feels like a long wait, the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been launched today, offering cash incentives to people who heat their homes or water with a renewable heating system.  Payments are made to households who install low carbon systems to attempt to lessen the divide between those stuck using fossil fuels and those who can afford the more expensive renewable heat alternatives.

The scheme is open to any kind of homeowner, including social and private landlords, self-builders, and those both on and off the mains gas grid and is hoped to encourage a reduction of carbon emissions in the UK.

The scheme currently covers the following technologies:

  • Biomass heating systems
  • Ground or water source heat pumps
  • Air to water heat pumps
  • Solar thermal panels

Only one space heating system can be used in conjunction with the scheme per household, but it is possible to apply for solar thermal for hot water and a separate space heating system.

Rainwater Harvesting neglected by Government

There are currently no support schemes in place for rainwater harvesting, which is beneficial in a number of ways including reducing energy consumption, preventing localised flooding, and providing water during the ever-more-frequent droughts that the UK, especially the south-east, is facing. With the scrapping of the Code for Sustainable Homes, support for such vital measures is lessening.

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