What is the best renewable heating solution?

What Is The Best Renewable Heating System?§

When it comes to heating your home, you want a long-lasting system, at a reasonable cost. Many households are turning towards more sustainable heating; to achieve this – a renewable heating solution is needed.


With so many available options when it comes to renewable heating – each with many advantages and disadvantages – it can be a difficult task. Whatever you choose will need to keep your house warm, continue to run smoothly, but also keep your energy bills down.

The Renewable Energy Advice Line aims to provide you with the information you need to choose the best renewable heating solution for your home. We’ll cover what renewable heating is, the options you have, costs and how we can help further.


What is renewable heating?

Before you invest in a renewable heating system, you need to know what renewable heating is. As the world becomes more aware of climate change, more sustainable solutions and how the average household can contribute towards a greener environment, many are making the shift to renewables.

As the name suggests, renewable heating measures take advantage of renewable resources which can be replenished over time. One of the biggest positives of renewable heating is that your carbon footprint is reduced, so you can live in a greener way.

Using renewable sources, opposed to the standard gas and electric, can supply your home with a constant source of heat, which requires less energy than you are used too. Renewable heating is a highly beneficial option and can be made possible with schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).


The Renewable Heat Incentive?

To encourage more homeowners to take the leap into the world of renewable heating, the Renewable Heat Incentive was created. Following the installation of your renewable heating solution, if you have met specific criteria, you will then begin to receive quarterly payments over 7-years.

These quarterly payments will soon add up and in most cases, you will be reimbursed for your initial spend on installing the system.

To find out more about the Renewable Heat Incentive, book a free chat with the Renewable Energy Advice Line experts.


Is an air source heat pump right for your home?

An air source heat pump takes heat from external air, converts it to liquid and pumped around your property when the liquid is heated.

Even in temperatures as low as -15 degrees, an air source heat pump can provide an excellent level of heating to your home. As it is such a modern solution, the heat can be pumped around your home via piping and radiators, or a fan system. Of course, it depends on how modern your home is.

With a potential to operate for as long as 20-years, air source heat pumps are often a cheaper source of renewable heating. With fast and easy installation, they’re safe to run, provide a consistent level of heating to your home and of course; reduce your heating bills .

Other sources of renewable heating include biomass boilers, ground source heat pumps and solar thermal systems. To find out what solution is best for your home, send our experts a message and we’ll be only too happy to help.


How can the Renewable Energy Advice Line help you?

There are so many benefits to installing a renewable heating solution in your home. There isn’t an ultimate solution which is the best renewable heating system for everyone’s needs, but there are solutions which are highly effective for your unique requirements.

Perhaps you’ll find the best option to be the one you get the most heat put of and gain the most money through using schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Working with the Renewable Energy Advice Line, we can assist you in finding the best solution for your home, which solution will require the least amount of maintenance and how you can benefit from RHI.


Don’t delay installing a renewable heating solution in your home; the Renewable Heat Incentive will come to a close in Spring 2022. We provide free home energy assessments, surveys and suggestions on how you can improve your home energy.

As the Renewable Energy Consultants of the Year, as awarded by the Energy Efficiency Awards; we’re able to provide you with advice on the best solution for your home, your budget and your future.

Talk to us today!

How to save energy and money in your home

How to save energy and money in your home

Saving energy in your home is also a great way to save money – and in winter time, what could be better? There are plenty of options available to you, for you to save energy all throughout the year.

Here are a few tips from the Renewable Energy Advice Line to help you save money and energy in your home.



Heating is probably the first thing which comes to mind when you think about saving energy and money. Throughout the winter months, households begin to use their heating more to keep warm, dry washing and to keep everybody comfortable.

Of course, the more the heating is used, the more money spent and the more energy used. Heating our homes and places of work accounts for approximately one fifth of the UK’s total carbon emissions.

With this in mind, it is important to find efficient ways to heat your home and tackle climate change.

What heating options are available to you? Well, what about:

  • Heat pumps
  • Biomass boilers
  • Solar thermal solutions
  • ‘A’-rated gas boilers

Of course, you must also consider how you’re going to keep the heat inside your home once you’ve heated it up



It’s important to ensure the heat within your home isn’t escaping. The more insulated your home is, the less time you will need to spend heating it and therefore the less you need to spend on heating overall.

Heating becomes very expensive when escaping through the roof, windows or walls. How can you stop the heat escaping? Let’s review:

  • Loft insulation
  • Wall insulation
  • Double or triple glazing

You can also control the amount of heating used, with simple thermostat and heating controls.


Saving extra heat in your home

Using a timer to ensure your heating only comes on when you need it, you can ensure it just stays on as long as you need. Installing a smart thermostat means you can control your heating remotely via your smartphone or tablet, so you can switch your heating on while you’re travelling home, or make sure it remains off while you’re out.

You could also reduce the maximum temperature in your home. While it may be getting colder outside, you don’t need to crank up the heating. Reducing the temperature by even 1degrees, could save you as much as 10% off your energy use per year. You’re also unlikely to notice the difference.


The experts at the Renewable Energy Advice Line are able to speak with you to discuss your options for heating your home and how you can save money. We’re also able to inform you how you can make use of Government-backed schemes to fund your new project. 

The Renewable Heat Incentive – everything you need to know

The Renewable Heat Incentive - everything you need to know

RHI – otherwise known as the Renewable Heat Incentive – is a financial incentive, designed to encourage more households to install renewable heating solutions within their home.

Promoting the use of renewable heating solutions, the scheme awards those who install the solutions and who meet set criteria with as much as £12,000 cash back over 7-years.

While a popular scheme, it will come to a close in Spring 2022. Therefore, it has never been more important to assess your options for installing a renewable heating system and making use of the Renewable Heat Incentive.

In this article, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about RHI and how we can help you access it before the scheme comes to a close.


How does the Renewable Heat Incentive work?

Following the payment and installation of a qualifying renewable heating solution, such as an air source heat pump or a biomass boiler, the system can be registered with Ofgem. Should the installation meet the requirements of the application process, Ofgem will then deem you eligible to receive quarterly payments for up to 7-years.

How much your payments are will depend on a few factors. These factors include:

  • The amount of heat generated
  • Type of solution used
  • Inflation

Payments from RHI are designed to cover the difference in costs between installation of a conventional heating system and a modern, renewable heating solution.

Once the incentive period is finished, the cost of the system should have been fully reimbursed to you.


Who is RHI for?

For homeowners – and even for commercial property owners – the Renewable Heat Incentive is available to domestic and non-domestics.

To apply, you must be the owner and have an eligible renewable heating solution installed – which is MCS certified. You must also be able to prove that the property is considered domestic, by having a qualifying Energy Performance Certificate.

So long as you’re the owner, private landlord or social landlord and have an eligible MCS-certified installation, you qualify. It also doesn’t matter whether you’re on or off the national gas grid.


How much can you claim?

Domestic customers can claim quarterly payments for up to 7-years, while non-domestic customers can receive payments for up to 20-years.

The payments are designed to cover the difference in costs between installing a non-renewable system, and a renewable one. How much you can claim depends on the amount of heat generated by your solution, as well as the tariff rate for your specific solution.

Using the UK Government’s Domestic RHI Calculator, you are able to calculate an estimate amount you can receive.

We’re also able to help you out – get in touch with our experts to find out more.


Hurry – it ends soon!

The Renewable Heat Incentive will be closing at midnight on 31 March 2022. Of course, payments will continue to be made for any installation approved, completed and commissioned before this date.

After 31 March 2022, new installations will not receive any such payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive.

The process of applying for RHI payments will vary depending on whether you’re applying the for domestic or non-domestic scheme.


In order to apply for the scheme, or to have any questions answered, contact our team of experts at the Renewable Energy Advice Line.