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Government funding and heating grants

Whilst it might not be a direct link to Potterton, there are in fact a variety of schemes and heating grants that could help with paying for and fuelling our energy efficient boilers. Being eligible for these grants will depend on a number of factors, but if you are eligible you will make heating your home more affordable and you'll potentially reduce your carbon footprint.

  • Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
  • Feed in Tariff (FiT)
  • Winter Fuel Payment
  • Related links

The domestic RHI is a financial incentive scheme designed to encourage uptake of renewable heating among domestic consumers. The domestic RHI is targeted at, but not limited to, homes off the mains gas grid. Those without mains gas have the most potential to save on fuel bills and decrease carbon emissions. This scheme covers England, Scotland and Wales with an equivalent scheme operating in Northern Ireland.

The scheme covers single domestic dwellings and is open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders. It will not be open to new build properties other than self-build.

Supported technologies include:

RHI tariffs are payable quarterly over seven years, either based upon deemed or metered heat generated, dependent on the technology type in question.

A key requirement for eligibility is compliance with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)

Find out more about the renewable heat incentive here.  

Feed-in Tariffs are a scheme devised and implemented by the UK Government grants as the main financial incentive to encourage uptake of renewable electricity-generating technologies. Most domestic generation technologies qualify for the scheme, including:

  • Solar electricity (PV) (roof mounted or stand-alone)
  • Wind turbines (building mounted or freestanding)
  • Hydroelectricity
  • Anaerobic digesters
  • Micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP)

Payments are made based upon generation of electricity (generation tariff) and a further payment for any exported electricity (export tariff), the length of tariff and payment levels vary by technology.

A key requirement for eligibility is compliance with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)

Find out more about the Feed in Tariff here.

Aimed specifically at older people, if you were born before 5th of may 1953 you’re most probably eligible for this payment and could get between £100 and £300 tax free to help pay for your fuel bills.

Find out more about Winter fuel payment here.

If you would like to know more about any of the Government heating grants available, please click on any of the following links:


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