Baxi boilers have publically backed the Government’s decision to increase the Renewable Heat premium Payment (RHPP). Baxi boilers say this investment into renewables will plug the gaps that have been left by the stalling of the Renewable Heat Incentive.

The RHPP is a Government run scheme that helps supplement the initial cost of heating systems, to make them accessible for homeowners. Included in the scheme are solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps.

Heat pumps are one of the favoured renewable technologies as they provide free energy by taking heat from the ground and warm radiators, underfloor heating and hot water. With heat pumps homeowners are able to cut their energy bills by as much as £300 a year.

With the renewable subsidy of £1,250, it’s a massive incentive for everyone to consider installing a heat pump as a viable way of producing free heat.

Under the RHPP:

  • Ground source and water source heat pumps receive a £1,250 voucher
  • Biomass boilers receive a £950 voucher
  • Air to water source heat pumps receive a £850 voucher
  • Solar thermal panels receive a £300 voucher

Simon Osbourne, from Baxi boilers UK, says: “RHPP has always been seen as a precursor to domestic RHI, so as the government pushes back the latter, we are glad that a new RHPP will bridge the gap.”

With the RHPP scheme in place, biomass and wood burners benefit from a £950 voucher, which helps pay towards the initial installation costs. If your home is not supplied with mains gas, it could be the best option for you to take a biomass boiler or a heat pump to reduce energy bills.

Biomass boilers also save around 7.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, which is great for the environment and for cutting global warming problems.

And Simon Osborne from Baxi boilers says that the Renewable Heat Incentive should work hand-in-hand with the RHPP, so that maximum benefits can be achieved.

He said: “Ideally, both schemes need to work together in order to encourage individual installers as well as homeowners, to start thinking about renewables.

“RHPP will definitely support early adopters, but might have a limited scope if accompanying tariff payments are not announced soon. If installers are going to invest in training on renewables, then they need to know what the potential market is going to be – and this will be determined, to a large extent, by domestic RHI.”

The RHPP’s second phase which was announced last month is worth £25 million and will help homeowners and landlords to make their properties more energy efficient, cutting bills in the process. It’s been a popular scheme since its inception in August 2011.