Homeowners swapping their gas or oil-powered boilers for heat pumps can now get grants of up to £7,500 as the Government increases funding by 50 per cent.
Heat pumps gather heat from either the air or ground and can replace traditional ways of heating homes using fossil fuels, reducing people’s bills in the process.
But the devices cost between £8,000 to £30,000 to buy and fit, with the big price range reflecting which type you buy and what sort of home you have.
To encourage homeowners to switch, the Government previously offered Boiler Upgrade Scheme grants of up to £5,000 for air source heat pumps and £6,000 for ground source pumps, as well as £5,000 to fit a biomass boiler.
Pumped up: The Government confirmed heat pump grants would rise as high as £7,500
But the Government has now increased the level of these grants to £7,500 for air and ground source heat pumps.
Energy Security secretary Claire Coutinho said: ‘No one should have to choose between cutting costs and cutting emissions – our pragmatic approach means we can continue to deliver on our ambitious net zero targets without unfairly hitting the pockets of hardworking families.
‘This will help thousands of people across the country reduce their energy use and keep their homes warm.’
Customers do not have to apply for the grants and can check their home is eligible on the Government website.
To get the grant, homeowners need to agree a quote for the work with an Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certified installer, who will then do all the paperwork.
Energy regulator Ofgem will contact the customer after that to confirm they would like to proceed.
The Government consulted on hiking Boiler Upgrade Scheme grants last month.
Cheaper bills: Heat pumps replace traditional ways of heating homes using fossil fuels
But heat pumps cost between £8,000 to £30,000 to buy and fit, meaning homeowners still face large bills to get the devices installed.
The big price range reflects which sort of heat pump you buy, with ground source variants being more expensive, as well as what sort of home you have.
Energy firms are competing to bring out less expensive heat pumps, with the two cheapest coming from British Gas and Octopus Energy.
What are the advantages of heat pumps?
Experts say they can cut up to 25 per cent off your energy bills as the devices require less power to run, which also makes them more environmentally friendly than boilers.
They can also last longer than boilers – up to 20 years.
What are the downsides of heat pumps?
Getting the most out of a heat pump can involve extra costs. Poorly insulated properties may not get the maximum benefit from a heat pump, as the devices work at lower temperatures than boilers.
This means homeowners fitting a heat pump should consider sorting out decent wall and loft insulation, as well as double glazing, first.
You may also need bigger radiators to get the most warmth out of a heat pump.
That is because the devices do not heat water to as hot a temperature as boilers can, so radiators with larger surface areas may be needed to maximise heat.
Your property must also be suitable to get a heat pump fitted.
A ground source heat pump also requires space outside to bury the pipes needed to generate heat.
Both ground source and air source heat pumps require a hot water cylinder to be fitted, which may not suit smaller flats.