Rated people has commented in response to the news that the government will be introducing grants of up to £7,000 to help households replace gas boilers.
- Rated People has reported a 28% rise in demand for heat pump installations.
- An air source heat pump – the most common style of heat pump – could save the average detached home with four bedrooms up to £1,300 per year, depending on the heating system you are replacing.
- Before the £7,000 grants come into play, homeowners can still claim £970 per year through the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.
- Rated People’s Home Improvement Trends Report found that 57 per cent of homeowners want to be more eco-friendly.
Adrienne Minster, CEO of Rated People, comments: “It’s great to hear that the government is looking to quadruple the budget for the Clean Heat Grant. The average cost of an air source heat pump is around £10,000 and price remains a big barrier for homeowners looking to lower their carbon footprint. This grant of up to £7,000 will go a long way to helping many move to a cleaner energy solution. It’s set to help 60,000 households, and while there are a lot more than 60,000 gas boilers to replace across the UK, it’s a good start to further tackling carbon emissions.
Our research has shown that growing awareness about climate change has meant that homeowners are keen to go green where possible. For a number of years, solar panels and insulation have been the go-to options when making sustainable home renovations. However, the fuel we use to heat our homes can make a big difference to a property’s carbon footprint. This is where heat pumps can play a huge role.”