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Ground Source & Air Source – a brief explanation
Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) extract natural energy from underground and convert this to a higher temperature in order to heat a building.
They are extremely energy efficient, with every unit of electricity used (to drive the pump and compressor), producing between 3 and 4 units of heat. Due to their high efficiencies, CO2 emissions are significantly lower than traditional fossil fuelled systems (up to 43% lower than gas).
Air source heat pumps (ASHP) are usually placed outside at the side or back of a property and take heat from the air then boost it to a higher temperature using a heat pump. This heat is then used to heat a building.
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
Almost all of the heat we use for heating our homes and hot water today comes from burning fossil fuels. Only a very small proportion of households use renewable heating. This means that domestic heating accounts for around 28% of UK energy demand.
By 2050, emissions from heating in homes will need to reduce to almost zero to meet the government’s goal of reducing emissions across the economy by 80%. To achieve this they are trying to prepare now for mass rollout of low-carbon heating in the 2020s.
In the shorter-term, domestic heating also needs to make a contribution towards the UK’s 2020 target of 15% of energy from renewable sources.
With this in mind, the Government set up the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a financial incentive scheme to encourage uptake of renewable heating among householders, communities and businesses. In 2011 the non-domestic RHI opened for applications, and they intend to launch the domestic RHI in Spring 2014.
Click here to read more about the government’s plans for domestic RHI…