The benefits of ground source heat pumps

You can benefit in many ways from fitting a ground source heat pump and exactly what you are able to earn or save will be dependent on your circumstances, however you could benefit by over £600 per year.

  • Reduce your carbon footprint: Heat pumps can lower your home’s carbon emissions, depending on which fuel you are replacing, because they reduce the fuel that you need to burn for heating.
  • Reduce your heating costs: This is especially true if you are currently using conventional electric heating. Heat pumps provide space heating and hot water more efficiently than traditional heating sources, saving you money on your bills.
  • No fuel deliveries required: By replacing your oil or solid fuel heating system you are removing the need to have fuel deliveries. All that is required is electricity to power the pump.
  • 'fit and forget’: Heat pumps are often classed as a ‘fit and forget’ technology because they need little maintenance.

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Getting paid for producing heat

You will be able make money out of the heat you produce through the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, details of which will be released in 2013. Learn about the Renewable Heat Incentive and RHPP here.

An example created by the Energy Saving Trust shows that a typical domestic electrical system could earn around:

  • £610 per year reduction in current electricity heating bills
  • A single Renewable Heat Premium Payment of £1,250
  • A regular payment from the Renewable Heat Incentive – to be confirmed in 2013

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FAQs

Do ground source heat pumps really work?
Yes, they really do. Ground source heat pumps take up the heat from the ground and transfer that heat to your home's hot water supply, allowing it to be heated just using some electricity to power the pump, using a lot less fuel than conventional heating systems. With proper system design, ground source heat pumps can supply all of your home's heating and hot water without the need for a back-up system, even in winter.
Where should I put my heat pump unit?
Usual locations include your utility room, basement or even out in the garage.
Can a ground source heat pump be used with underfloor heating?
Underfloor heating is a great choice for use with a ground source heat pump, but large radiators or a mix of both can be used for distributing heat around your home. Heat pumps produce a lower temperature heat than conventional boilers, therefore they are far more effective if used with a larger surface heating distribution system such as underfloor heating or large radiators. A good rule of thumb is that if used with heat pumps, the radiators should be around 30% larger compared to the size of radiator that would be used with a conventional boiler.
Can I heat a swimming pool using a ground source heat pump?
Yes, a system can be designed purely for your pool, be it indoor or outdoor, and if required it can form a heating and hot water system for the whole of your property.
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