Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground Source Heat Pumps work because the heat 1m below the surface level is a constant 8 to 12ºC depending on geographical location. Ground Source Heat Pumps extract the heat from the ground using a heat transference liquid which is then put through a compressor. This process raises the temperature. This heat is then transferred to heat your hot water via a heat exchanger. Ground Source Heat Pumps can be used both for hot water and space heating, however when being used for space heating various criteria have to be met to make sure it is the right solution for your property. We have come across numerous examples of incorrectly specified and poorly installed Ground Source Heat Pumps.  If you install a Ground Source Heat Pump you can claim back money through the Governments Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme which will more than likely cover the cost of your installation.

Ground Source Heat Pumps need loops of pipe work which contain a liquid such as glycol, which has a low freezing point and high heat transference properties. The amount of surface area of pipe required will depend on the size of property that needs to be heated or the hot water demand of the property. The pipes can either be laid horizontally or vertically via a bore hole. If laid horizontally they need to be spaced out correctly to avoid creating a permafrost.

Substantial rewards for homeowners using Ground Source Heat Pumps

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) gives homeowners financial rewards for installing renewable energy heating including Ground Source Heat Pumps, Air Source Heat Pumps, Biomass Boilers and Solar Thermal. Under the scheme, you will be paid for the heat your Ground Source Heat Pump generates as part of the government’s drive towards lowering carbon emissions in the UK.

RHI rates for Ground Source Heat Pumps

The proposed RHI tariff for Domestic Ground Source Heat Pumps has been set at 18.8p/kWh, paid to you for a period of 7 years, tax-free and index linked.

Example Financial returns from a DOMESTIC Ground Source Heat Pump

Size of Heat Pump:16kW
Typical cost of Installation:£14,660
Typical annual bill savings (compared to oil):£498
RHI annual payments for 7 years:£2,185
Total annual financial gain:£2,683
Total financial gain over 7 years:£18,781

This example demonstrates that your combination of bill savings (compared to oil) and RHI payments will cover the cost of your Ground Source Heat Pump installation over 7 years, after which you continue to enjoy cheaper bills and protection from future energy price hikes.

Who qualifies for Renewable Heat Incentive Payments?

Both domestic and commercial property owners, landlords and self-builders now qualify for the RHI scheme.

Before accessing the RHI payments, we will need to ensure that you have undertaken a basic level of energy efficiency measures including loft insulation before your property is entitled to the RHI.  This is to ensure that the heat you generate from renewable energy is being used most efficiently in your property.

Every property is different which is why we always recommend we carry out a free survey of your property before recommending the right renewable energy technology and providing you with detailed pricing and returns.

To find out more about the RHI or to arrange a free survey contact your local EnergyMyWay, or call 0845 371 3181  info@energymyway.co.uk

Substantial rewards for businesses using Ground Source Heat Pumps

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) gives businesses financial rewards for installing renewable energy heating including Ground Source Heat Pumps

Commercial ground source heat pumps:

Size
Rate / kWh
Small up to 100 kW8.9p - 10.2p /kWh
Large greater than 100 kW8.9p - 10.2p / kWh

Example Financial Returns from a COMMERCIAL Ground Source Heat Pump

Size of
boiler
Heat
kWh
Carbon
savings
Bill
savings
RHI earnings
p.a.
Total over
20 yrs
70kW92,000 10 tn£2,760£8,188£218,960

Who qualifies for Renewable Heat Incentive Payments?

Both domestic and commercial property owners, landlords and self-builders now qualify for the RHI scheme.

Before accessing the RHI payments, we will need to ensure that you have undertaken a basic level of energy efficiency measures including loft insulation before your property is entitled to the RHI.  This is to ensure that the heat you generate from renewable energy is being used most efficiently in your property.

Every property is different which is why we always recommend we carry out a free survey of your property before recommending the right renewable energy technology and providing you with detailed pricing and returns.

To find out more about the RHI or to arrange a free survey contact your local EnergyMyWay, or call 0845 371 3181  info@energymyway.co.uk


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