The government has announced they’re extending the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) incentive until 2028 as part of a revised strategy to expand heat pump use drastically.
This means homeowners can continue to get up to a £6,000 grant to swap out an old oil, gas or electric boiler heating system for a new ground or air source Heat Pump. The scheme was initially designed to help homeowners in England and Wales afford the upfront costs of installing a heat pump.
How much can you save?
Well, the Government has continued their initial grants of £5,000 for the purchase of air-source heat pumps and biomass boilers, as well as their grants of £6,000 for ground-source heat pumps.
How to apply
If you’re interested in applying for this scheme, you are initially encouraged to check if you’re eligible, to be eligible you must:
- Own the property you’re applying for (including if it’s a business, a second home, or a property you rent out to tenants)
- Have installed (or plan to install) your new heating system on or after 1 April 2022
- Be replacing fossil fuel heating systems (such as oil, gas or electric)
If all the above apply then the next step is to check if your property is eligible for the scheme. Your property must have a valid EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation.
Once you are happy the next step is to find an MCS-accredited installer who is registered for the BUS scheme, the installer will then make the BUS application on your behalf and if successful a voucher is issued.
You then have 3 months to have the heat pump installed and commissioned, after which the voucher can be claimed.
How is this being enforced?
The installation of heat pumps in all new build homes will be mandatory from 2025, with no new homes being able to connect to a gas network from then onwards. With two different types of heat pumps to choose from, air and ground, there’s definitely a conversation to be had about how to incorporate a heat pump into your building. By replacing your boiler with a heat pump you can drastically reduce your energy consumption from fossil fuels which all contribute to lessening your carbon footprint.
Ready to make the switch?
At Heat Different, we are committed to providing renewable heating systems for a greener, cleaner future. Sustainability is at the forefront of everything we do, and we believe it’s essential to provide expert air source and ground source heat pump installation to make a difference to the environment.
If you’re looking for a heat pump installation and want to take advantage of this excellent scheme or have any questions about the scheme or which heat pump is right for you, get in touch with us by filling out our web form or calling us at 01603 406052 and a member of our team will be happy to advise.