Renewable Heat Incentive ‘Failing’

Take-up of renewable and low-carbon heating solutions under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been significantly lower than initially forecast and the scheme is failing to deliver, according to a new report.

The Commons Select Committee evaluated the effectiveness of the scheme in encouraging homeowners to install alternatives to gas boilers, and noted that in the almost four years that the RHI has been running, around 60,000 renewable appliances were installed, compared to 6.3 million gas boilers.

As a result, the organisation is recommending that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy should rethink its approach to encouraging more homeowners to opt for low-carbon heating systems.

Heat pumps and biomass boilers have been the main alternatives promoted by the department, but the committee suggested that there are other options that should be offered and that could be more suitable in some circumstances.

For instance, installing heat recovery ventilation in Essex could enable homeowners to make better use of the energy they’re already using – whatever its source.

Such systems can help recycle the warm air that’s often lost by homes, putting it to work and keeping your property warmer without the need for spending any more on your energy supply.

As well as looking at heating systems, homeowners can also consider installing the likes of thermodynamic solar panels to provide them with hot water.

One of the main advantages to this technology is that it can be installed and work alongside your existing heating system, so you don’t need to overhaul everything to start saving money on your energy bills and becoming that bit greener.