New Glen Dimplex heat pump is a class act

Published by Kate Anderson on October 15th, 2013

Irish based renewable heating systems manufacturer and installer Glen Dimplex has launched its next generation ‘A Class’ air source heat pump, which is believed to be the most efficient heat pump available in the UK and Ireland. 

Designed and built at a cost of £4 million, after three years of research, the company believes the A Class heat pump has the potential to revolutionise the way in which we heat our homes and hot water. At least 2,000 units are set to be manufactured in 2014 at the company’s two factories in Newry and Portadown, Northern Ireland, which will create an additional 55 jobs over the next three years.

Heat pumps work by extracting heat from the outside air which is used for space heating and hot water, and are capable of performing even at sub zero temperatures. Air source systems can be retro fitted and installed into new builds and can cost between £4,000 and £10,000 to install. Designed to help households reduce their energy bills, a four bed family home could achieve savings of around £1,000 a year by replacing their boiler with the A Class air source heat pump.

Aside from the financial savings, air source heat pumps help to lower a household’s carbon emissions. According to Glen Dimplex, replacing a gas boiler with their new air source heat pump is equivalent to one less car on the road; if replacing an oil boiler it’s the equivalent of taking two cars off the road.

A world leader in intelligent electric heating and renewable energy solutions, Glen Dimplex was founded in 1973 and today the company spans four continents and employs more than 10,000 people. A supplier of state-of-the-art renewable heating systems, Dimplex has been active in the heat pump market for over 30 years.

Speaking at the launch of the A Class earlier this month, sustainability expert and TV presenter Dick Strawbridge said: “The future is sustainability and the future is renewables.”

Read more about air source heat pump prices and savings.

Heat pump MCS deadline inches closer

Published by Kate Anderson on September 26th, 2013

Time is running out to register your ground source and air source heat pumps on the Microgeneration Certification Scheme database. If you own one of these renewable heating products you have until 4pm on Tuesday 22 October to get your system registered. 

You must meet the deadline if you want to take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme which goes live next year. By registering your system you’ll be eligible to apply for the RHI and get paid for generating your own renewable heat.

The domestic RHI tariffs were announced back in July, with the Government confirming owners of ground source heat pumps who meet the qualifying criteria will receive 18.8p/kWh. Households who have installed air source heat pumps (air-to-water) would achieve a rate of 7.3p/kWh if they signed up for the domestic scheme. Air-to-air heat pumps are not eligible for the RHI.

Heat pumps installed on or after 15 July 2009 are eligible for the RHI, but in order to apply for the scheme you will need your unique MCS installation number, which appears on the MCS certificate you should have received after your heat pump system was installed. Without this you won’t be able to make an RHI application.

Other adopters of green heating technologies, such as solar water heating and biomass boilers will also need to make sure their systems are registered on the MCS database.

If you haven’t received your MCS installer certificate number get in touch with the company who carried out your heat pump installation and get your system registered on the MCS database before 22 October, otherwise you’ll miss out on one of the key benefits of installing green heating technolgies – RHI tariff payments.

What will I need to register for the RHI?

When the RHI launches you will require the following to apply for tariff payments:

  • Your MCS certificate installer number
  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  • Green Deal assessment report
  • Loft and cavity walls insulated to the minimum standards

RHI applications are to be administered by Ofgem. When completing your application form you must also declare whether you have received funding from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) as this will need to be deducted from RHI payments.


Kensa secures RHPP funding for social housing providers

Published by Kate Anderson on August 19th, 2013

A UK manufacturer of ground source heat pumps has managed to secure renewable heat funding for five social housing providers keen to switch to heat pumps as a cost effective method of heating their housing stock.

A joint bid with Kensa Engineering for funding from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme proved successful, enabling social housing providers including Devon & Cornwall Housing Ltd and Yorkshire Housing Ltd to take advantage of the renewable heating scheme.

Registered social landlords have the opportunity to bid for RHPP Fast Track funding to support the installation of renewable heating systems like heat pumps in social housing stock. A total funding pot of £7 million was on the table, and combined the five lucky social housing providers – which also includes Shropshire Rural Housing Ltd, Ocean Housing and Tarka Housing – share funds in excess of £2 million.

Kensa is commited to helping social housing providers secure financial assistance and continues to work together with a number of social housing providers in order to secure additional funding for retrofitting renewable heating technologies like heat pumps through the RHPP Social Housing Competition.

The Fast Track competition has proved popular, with more than fifty applications, of which seven were for ground source heat pumps.

Bids were scored against strict criteria, which included:

  • Value for money
  • Energy savings
  • Deliverability
  • Community engagement

All of the successful social housing providers must have their retrofit ground source heat pump projects completed before the end of March 2014.

Survey reveals advances in heat pumps

Published by Kate Anderson on August 13th, 2013

The Energy Saving Trust has revealed the results of its long awaited survey into the performance and efficiency of heat pumps. 

Interest in renewable heating, such as air source and ground source heat pumps, is set to increase as homeowners look to take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive. The Government scheme, which pays householders money for generating renewable heat, is to go live next Spring.

According to the Energy Saving Trust’s report, efficiency and performance of heat pumps has vastly improved as a result of recommendations being implemented which take into account design, installation and operation.

The in-depth study took into account technical data from sites across the UK and found that installation is key to a heat pumps performance. Homes best suited to heat pumps can see the technology perform to an extremely high standard, with a ground source heat pump installation generating savings and income in the region of £3,000 per annum. Air source heat pumps manage to achieve savings and income of around £1,350 a year.

Of the households who participated in the survey, 80% said they were satisfied with the performance of their heat pump and 77% said they would happily recommend heat pumps to family and friends due to running costs and efficiency.

Back in 2010, after carrying out the first phase of its research, the Energy Saving Trust put forward various recommendations for the heat pump industry and end users to adhere to which addressed performance and efficiency. It was determined that systems which performed well, if not the best performing, were more often than not properly designed and installed.

From 2010 to 2013 performance monitoring trials were carried out, with the introduction of improved installation standards revealing improvements in performance.

Commenting on the results, Jaryn Bradford, the Energy Saving Trust’s senior technical manager said the study revealed that heat pumps are sensitive to design and commissioning, and also how the end user uses the system.

“Based upon the results of the study, we are convinced that heat pumps can play a significant role in providing an effective heating solution for homes and reducing carbon emissions.”

More and more householders are turning to air source and ground source heat pumps as a practical solution for reducing heating bills and lowering emissions, and to earn an extra tax free income through the Renewable Heat Incentive.

To get the best possible heat pump prices arrange for your free no obligation quotes from MCS accredited heat pump installers.


Social landlords get bite of £7m RHPP fund

Published by Kate Anderson on July 25th, 2013

It seems a growing number of social landlords across Britain are chomping at the bit to get a bite of the £7 million Renewable Heat Premium Payment to help bring down their tenants’ heating bills by installing renewable heating. 

Yesterday (24 July) the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the lucky winners of the social landlords competition, naming the chosen 46 who would benefit from the scheme, taking a share of the £7 million pot provided in the latest round of the renewable heat competition.

Launched back in May, successful social landlords who put in a bid for a portion of the pot include Devon and Cornwall Housing and Stroud District Council, whose tenants will see the cost of their home heating bills fall once renewable heating products have been installed. While Stroud District council ia aiming to install more than 400 air source heat pumps, Devon and Cornwall Housing has plans to install in excess of 150 ground source heat pumps.

The RHPP for social landlords enables councils and housing associations to bid for funding to install a range of renewable heating, including heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal hot water.

Commenting on the renewable heat competition, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said the funding would be another boost for social landlords and would aid the installation of almost 2,400 renewable heating technologies and help cash strapped families save money by lowering their energy bills.

Barker added: “The second strand of our renewable heat competition is still open to bids so I would encourage those who have not yet taken advantage of the funding available to get on board.”

Bids were assessed by a panel of representatives which included the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Energy Saving Trust, with the winners selected on value for money and the range of renewable heat products being installed.

The window of opportunity for social landlords will remain open until 27 September 2013, with installations to be completed by June 2014.

RHI heat pump tariffs announced

Published by Kate Anderson on July 24th, 2013

Ever since the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was announced four years ago, domestic adopters of heat pumps and other green heat technologies have been forced to play one of the longest waiting games in history.

But when the Government published its proposed tariff rates earlier this month it meant the wait was finally over.

By announcing the RHI tariff rates the Department of Energy and Climate Change has effectively given renewable heat products a much needed confidence boost, encouraging households to embrace ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps as a cost-effective method of providing space heating and heating hot water.

The domestic RHI tariff rates the Government is proposing to pay households who have heat pumps installed are:

The Government has set various ground rules for green heat adopters who wish to apply for the RHI tariffs, including:

  • Heat pumps to have been installed after 15 July 2009.
  • Applicants to have a Green Deal assessment.
  • Homes must have at least 250mm of loft insulation and cavity wall insulation, where appropriate.

The Renewable Heat Incentive targets households whose homes aren’t connected to the mains gas grid to achieve lower energy bills by installing renewable heat products including heat pumps.

Up to £2,300 available for heat pumps with RHPP

Published by Kate Anderson on July 22nd, 2013

First introduced back in 2011 as a means of encouraging and supporting the uptake of renewable heat technologies, in May the Government announced plans to increase the values of its Renewable Heat Premium Payment voucher scheme.  

The RHPP as it tend to be known offers one-off grant payments to put towards the cost of installing air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and other renewable heat products. Thanks to the Department of Energy and Climate Change increasing the amount of financial assistance, it means more money is available to householders keen to switch to generating their own renewable heat.

From May 2013, £2,300 has been made available to help fund the cost of installing a ground source heat pump; this has been increased from £1,250 when the scheme was first launched in 2011. Air source heat pump grants don’t fair quite as well, although at £1,300 it’s an improvement on the previous figure of £850.

The RHPP will remain open for applicants until the end of March, prior to the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive itself, where green heating adopters eligible for RHI tariffs will get paid for generating their own renewable heat. It’s worth noting that vouchers are available on a first come, first served basis. So the sooner you apply the greater the chance of securing a grant.

To be eligible for the RHPP your home will need to be assessed as part of the Green Deal.  The survey will establish how energy efficient your home is and, where necessary, suggest energy saving measures to bring it up to an acceptable level.




Heat Pumps For Pontefract Social Housing

Published by Kate Anderson on December 20th, 2011

A new £5 million social housing development in Pontefract is to benefit from renewable energy technologies, including the installation of ground source heat pumps.

Built on a brownfield site by one of the country’s largest social housing providers Yorkshire Housing, energy efficiency is a high priority for the new build homes. Each of the development’s 49 properties have been assessed for their energy needs and will feature sustainable technologies to help reduce tenants’ energy bills and the impact on the environment .

Two semi-detached properties at Upton near Pontefract will be fitted with Danfoss ground source heat pumps, supplying a ground floor underfloor heating system as well as providing a constant supply of domestic hot water.

“An increasing number of social housing providers are investing in heat pumps both to reduce carbon emissions and to provide their tenants with a means of low cost heating,” said Danfoss Heat Pumps UK director Chris Dale.

Based in Sheffield, Danfoss have over 13 years of experience in the heat pump market. They recently completed a similar project in Rotherham which led them to be recommend for the Pontefract development.

According to Ged Walsh, the Business and Development Director at Yorkshire Housing, the social housing provider prides itself on delivering environmentally-friendly homes that feature.

“We are always looking for reliable and sustainable products in the market that will have a real cost benefit for our tenants and improve the efficiencies of our homes,” he added.

Entries Wanted for 2012 National Heat Pump Awards

Published by Kate Anderson on December 13th, 2011

Following on from the success of the first annual Heat Pump Awards back in June, applications are being invited for 2012, which will see manufacturers, contractors and consultants vying for top honours.

Celebrating the industry’s best new products, projects and personal contributions, the first annual heat pump awards saw 60 entries competing for awards in 10 categories.

Now set to be an annual event in the industry’s calendar, the 2012 awards will feature 11 categories and the competition is once again backed by leading names in the heat pump industry.

“The first year produced a good number of entries and indications of a growing market,” said Tony Bowen, chairman of the panel of judges.

He added that this year emphasis has been placed on evidence of performance monitoring, and that people need to be able to see evidence surrounding low running costs related to ground source and air source heat pumps.

Deadline for entries is 2 March 2012, in the following categories:

  • Domestic Air Source Installation of the Year
  • Domestic Ground Source Installation of the Year
  • Commercial Air Source Installation of the Year
  • Commercial Ground Source Installation of the Year
  • Product Innovation of the Year – Heat Pumps
  • Product Innovation of the Year – Ancillary Components
  • Training Excellence Award
  • Public Sector Project of the Year
  • Installer of the Year
  • Consultant of the Year
  • Heat Pump Champion

For more information and to enter, visit

New Planning Rules For Air Source Heat Pumps

Published by Kate Anderson on November 29th, 2011

From 1 December 2011, new rules will come in to force which will see changes made to planning permission requirements if you’re planning to install an air source heat pump.

Unlike ground source heat pumps, the installation of air source heat pumps has usually been subject to planning permission.

However from next month new rules will come in to play which will mean planning permission will no longer be an issue.

Air source heat pumps will now join the ranks of the likes of solar PV, solar thermal and biomass boilers, and from December will be classed as a permitted development in England.

However, there are a few stipulations and the following criteria must be met:

  • That there is no wind turbine at the property.
  • It meets additional criteria if you live in a listed building, in a conservation area or a World Heritage Site.
  • The external unit is less than 0.6 m3 in size.
  • The unit is more than one metre from the edge of the householder’s property.
  • It is not on a pitched roof or near the edge of a flat roof.

To read the legislation in full, go to