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Heat Pump applications rise thanks to increased government grant

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The government has released new figures which show a 49% increase in applications to the Boiler Upgrade Scheme compared to last year.

The scheme which is open to people in England and Wales, offers a grant to cover part of the cost of replacing fossil fuel heating systems including oil, gas or electric – part of the Government’s drive to help homeowners switch to a clean energy alternative, without substantial upfront costs.

In October the Prime Minister announced a 50% increase in grants for air source heat pumps reportedly causing a ‘surge’ in applications. The £7,500 boost has now made the scheme one of the most generous of its kind in Europe.

Energy Security Secretary, Claire Coutinho, said:

“Helping people, rather than forcing them, to make the right choices for their homes will always be my priority.”

Lord Callanan, Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, said: 

“These figures show more people want the cleaner heating and more stable bills you get with a heat pump.

“Our approach to reaching net zero works and because of increased heat pump grants, there’s never been a better time to make the switch.”

The government recently launched the ‘Welcome Home to Energy Efficiency’ campaign, helping consumers identify ways to make their homes more energy efficient. The campaign highlights the wider efficiency measures that can work together to help save money on bills.

If you live in Scotland, you might be eligible for an interest-free loan or a grant to make your home more energy efficient.

If you live in Northern Ireland, you might be eligible for a grant to replace your boiler.

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