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Cathy Debenham of YouGen discusses this new incentive scheme In association with:

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)


A scheme to help with the costs of installing green energy heating systems


evon is known for its beautiful rural housing. Chocolate box thatched cottages and lovely stone farmhouses may be easy on the eye, but they are not easy on the wallet when it comes to keeping them warm in winter. Off the mains gas network, the cost of heating rockets, with choice limited to oil, LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) and electricity.

About the author Cathy Debenham is founder of YouGen, a website that makes it easy to get information about saving or generating energy. She lives in an energy efficient home in East Devon. You can find more information about the renewable heat incentive and all the renewable heat technologies at yougen.co.uk

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Now thatʼs all about to change. The governmentʼs new Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will help with the costs of installing greener heating systems, giving people more choice. Options include biomass boilers, wood pellet stoves with

heating systems so that they can compete on a level playing field with existing technologies. However, the money is not given as an up-front grant. It will be paid in quarterly instalments over a seven year period.

The more energy efficient your home, the smaller the heating system needed and the cheaper it will be to heat your home

This will be familiar to those who have invested in solar panels to generate electricity and are receiving the feed-in tariff (see box right). However, where the feed-in tariff offers investors a return on investment, the RHI is intended as a ʻboiler replacement schemeʼ. As such, the payments are intended to bridge the costs between the installation and running costs of fossil fuel heating systems and the renewable alternatives.

a back boiler, air source, ground source and water source heat pumps, and solar hot water panels. The RHI scheme will subsidise the cost of renewable

Wood Pellet Heating, installed by RPM Renewable Energy Solutions

Biomass Energy Plant, installed by Fair Energy 52



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