Renewable Heat Incentive takes the heat out of energy costs for country houses
Published October 21st, 2014
With energy costs continuing to rise, an increasing number of householders are looking at green energy as a way of reducing costs as well as being kind to the environment.
While the initial capital outlay for a renewable heating system can seem off-putting, the payback time is considerable reduced by the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which is guaranteed for 20 years for commercial RHI and seven years for domestic schemes.
The RHI is a Government scheme providing financial reward to owners of renewable heating systems. The scheme has been divided into the Non-Domestic RHI, introduced in 2011, and the Domestic RHI which began in April 2014.
“The Domestic RHI was introduced to encourage private home owners to switch to renewable heating systems, while the Non domestic RHI covers commercial properties and owners of district heating systems which provide heat to more than one property, residential or commercial,” explained Kamil Ciesluk, renewable energy specialist with Berrys in Northamptonshire.
“Both Domestic and Non-Domestic schemes are aimed at properties off the gas grid, offering great potential for large rural properties,” he said.
The RHI supports four heating technologies: Biomass Boilers, Air Source Heat Pumps, Ground/Water Source Heat Pumps and Solar Thermal.
“Having a long established history working with traditional landed estates and large country houses the team at Berrys has extensive experience of the key issues and requirements surrounding these very specific types of property and we can help chose the most appropriate system,” Kamil said.
In Northamptonshire, Lamport Hall and Kelmarsh Hall have recently completed the installation of two different renewable heating systems, highlighting the range of options available and variations in circumstances affecting the decision making process.
“For example, Kelmarsh Hall, Kelmarsh installed a water source heat pump using the estate lake,” he explained.
“This solution provides a constant, lower temperature heating to protect the artwork collection, which is essential from a conservation point of view.
“Lamport Hall at Lamport has different requirements and installed a large biomass boiler fed with wood chip to maintain flexibility and enable a structured, zoned, heating approach.
“This allows conservation temperatures to be maintained in the Hall while providing higher temperatures in the offices and living accommodation,” he added.
Small scale, on-farm, district heating systems offer a great solution for owners of country houses with adjacent farm buildings.
The combined heat demand can be met through installation of one biomass boiler or a heat pump, therefore reducing running costs and the carbon footprint of the whole holding.
As each installation is tailored for the specific property, it is very difficult to speculate about installation costs and payback times but typical savings in running costs comparing to heating oil are in the region of 15% – 50% depending on chosen technology, thermal condition of the property and heating pattern.
For more information, please contact Kamil Ciesluk at Berrys on 01536 532394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org