Heat pump grants increase by 50 per cent

The government has announced an increase in grants for heat pump installations.

This means that households will now be able to install a heat pump for cheaper than the average gas boiler.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme will now offer £7,500 towards the cost of a new heat pump.

£10 million will also be made available through the Heat Pump Ready programme to support innovation in the heat pump sector to cut installation costs even further.

The government has also launched the Welcome Home to Energy Efficiency campaign to help people improve the energy efficiency of their home and lower their bills over the winter. The campaign will include a range of recommended measures such as: checking loft and wall insulation; upgrading to a heat pump, using the bumper grant; and installing solar panels to power a heat pump.

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.

"From today, for some households starting prices for heat pumps could now be below the average gas boiler, as we have increased the cash grant by 50 per cent to £7,500 – making our scheme one of the most generous in Europe.

"This will help thousands of people across the country reduce their energy use and keep their homes warm."

Lord Callanan, Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, said: "Making our housing stock more energy efficient not only furthers our net zero ambitions but enables families to cut their energy use and reduce their bills.

"Welcome Home to Energy Efficiency will help people identify measures that will work for them, and in turn create street upon street of warmer homes."

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