Home heating systems Renewable heat

With high gas and electricity prices and the launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, there has never been a better time to consider renewable heat technologies such as heat pumps, solar water heating and biomass boilers. 

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Renewable energy

There a number of ways you can generate your own energy at home from low or zero carbon ‘microgeneration’ technology, such as solar heating systems, heat pumps and woodburning stoves.

Making your own energy instead of using mains gas and electricity will not only reduce your carbon footprint. It will also mean you’re less dependent on sources of energy that are increasingly subject to global demand – which means that prices in the future are likely to be high and volatile.

Cost of renewable energy systems

If you're considering installing any microgeneration technologies in your home, it’s important to take a long-term view. Renewable choices may look more expensive, but the time it takes to get your money back on an investment in microgeneration will come down.

In addition, the government launched a financial incentive, the Renewable Heat Incentive, which pays you to generate renewable heat, meaning these technologies will become more cost-effective. It's important, however, to ensure your property is suitable for the technology you choose, as not all properties have a suitable south-facing roof or a garden.

For solar photovoltaics (PV) you can now get cashback thanks to the Feed-In Tariff. Cashback applies to other electricity-generating technologies such as wind and hydropower but not to technologies that generate heat. 

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