New research reveals the increasing interest in heat pump systems since the Green Homes Grant Scheme was launched in September.
Research by MCS has revealed that two-thirds (66%) of enquiries to tradespeople since the scheme launch has been about heat pump systems. Similar results were found on HIES’s Green Homes Grant Scheme survey.
Air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps are a great renewable energy source that can help homeowners reduce their emissions and fuel bills. As heat pumps are a primary measure, they can be installed under the Green Homes Grant Scheme. That means homeowners can receive vouchers for the work which can cover up to two-thirds of the cost for energy-efficient measures up to £5,000 or, for low income households, the vouchers will cover costs up to £10,000.
Heat pump installers
All tradespeople who wish to install heat pumps under the Green Homes Grant Scheme must have TrustMark accreditation and be registered as a Green Homes Grant Scheme supplier.
Further interest in heat pumps
Although a target that is supported, some industry experts have raised concerns over the rollout of this initiative.
Jo Aslop, founder of The Heating Hub, has also expressed concerns:
“Without a step-change in the way the workforce is trained, there seems little doubt that the Government’s policy is doomed to failure. There simply won’t be a sufficient number of qualified engineers to install such a high volume of heat pumps within the next six to seven years and the heat pumps that do get installed won’t meet their label efficiencies.”
Adrian Simpson, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for HIES, commented:
“It’s great to see that renewable energy systems are taking the lead when it comes to homeowners’ interests in the Green Homes Grant Scheme. Tradespeople in the industry are working hard to meet customer demand but there are ongoing concerns about the supply chain. Therefore, it is welcome news that the scheme has recently been extended until March 2022.”