Local MP Tessa Munt is celebrating today’s launch of a new and innovative scheme which will pay residents in Somerset for the ‘green’ heat they generate at home.
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat, offering homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing low carbon systems in their property.
“I’m thrilled that this innovative scheme has now been launched. Many people in rural Somerset are either stuck with expensive oil or LPG
or are trying to find the money to switch to greener ways of heating their homes and water.”
“This scheme is good news, as not only will people have warmer homes and cheaper fuel bills, but also they will reduce their impact on our environment, and get cash payments for installing new low carbon technologies.”
“This has wider economic benefits too, as it opens up the market for engineers and installers – generating good growth and supporting green jobs as part of our long-term economic plan.”
Mike Landy, Head of On-Site Renewables at the Renewable Energy Association, said:
“Domestic RHI is set to be one of the highlights of the Government’s ‘green’ agenda in 2014. It will mean renewable home heating is not just environmentally sensible, but also financially attractive.”
The scheme is open to everyone – home owners, social and private landlords, and anyone who builds his or her own home. It is available to households both on and off the gas grid.
To find out more about the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, or to receive free and impartial advice, please call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 or visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk