The Downsides Of Renewable Heating System Affect Mass Uptake

Europe believes that renewable heating is the key for a greener future. In terms of leadership in renewable heating, European countries that include Sweden, Finland and Latvia lead the way. At the bottom are countries like Netherlands, UK and Ireland. Why was UK unable to meet the targets for renewable heating and cooling?

The flagship of UK’s incentive schemes is Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) that serves England, Wales and Scotland. How does the incentive scheme work? RHI pays people in the form of tariffs that are based on each unit of heat that is produced through the renewable heating system. The incentive scheme includes heat pumps, biomass boilers, solar, thermal and anaerobic digestion plants. The incentive scheme which is funded by the people’s taxes is the first of its kind in the world.

However, there are downsides to renewable heating. First, the initial cost of installation is expensive in spite of the long-term financial and environmental benefits. The ground source heat pump is expected to cost between £13,000 and £20,000 while the air source heat pump costs between £7,000 and £11,000.

The modestly sized biomass boiler costs more than £5,000 while the bigger versions will require £20,000. The traditional boiler typically costs between £600 and £2,000 making it more affordable for homeowners and small businesses.

Another downside to the incentive scheme is administration that requires a lot of paperwork to claim incentives. There are also hidden costs that homeowners have to bear. The scheme is quite complex which must be addressed by the government if it is really serious about mass uptake.

In Scotland, Home Energy Scotland Loan was launched by Energy Saving Trust to allow residents to loan £17,500 for a renewable energy system. Homeowners can also take out a loan of £32,500 per home if they want to undertake energy efficiency improvements.

Whether it is a new build, existing home or commercial property, you can access that has a reliable and competent team of heating engineers who can handle new boiler installations, repair, maintenance and servicing. The heating engineers are always on call for any boiler emergencies across Derbyshire and surrounding areas.

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