The Homeowners Guide to the Renewable Heat Incentive

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK scheme to encourage homeowners and landlords to switch to more renewable energy solutions. These solutions help Great Britain meet their renewable energy targets and lower carbon emissions.

RHI gives homeowners the opportunity to receive quarterly payments for up to seven years. The payments will be based on the amount of renewable heat produced by their heating system.

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

RHI is broken into the domestic renewable heat incentive and the non-domestic renewable heat incentive. Each scheme has its own joining requirements, rules and tariffs.

For the domestic, typically the main identifier is if your home can receive an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The non-domestic is typically for small or large businesses where a heating system serves more than one home.

You may only apply to one of the schemes, so we recommend reading through Ofgem’s factsheet to see which you are eligible for.

What Makes Me Eligible for domestic RHI?

RHI is not solely geared towards air source heat pumps, though they are a top renewable energy solution. Installing any of these renewable heating systems in your home makes you eligible for the RHI scheme:  

  • ground to water heat pumps
  • air to water heat pumps (Work Work’s speciality)
  • biomass boilers (wood fueled)
  • biomass pellet stoves
  • solar thermal panels

Besides the installation of a renewable energy source, there are some other application requirements such as an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) number.

Working with a registered RHI installer, such as Work Work, helps ensures you meet these requirements. As part of our service, every home assessed by Work Work will receive an EPC number and Work Work is certified under MCS.

Can I Apply For RHI?

If you have installed an eligible renewable energy solution as listed above and are a:

  • Homeowner
  • Self-builder
  • Private landlord
  • Registered provider of Social Housing

you can apply for RHI. Don’t forget about the other joining requirements, though.

Application Assistance

When Work Work installs a renewable energy solution for your home, we determine if you are eligible for RHI and complete the application. The applications are completed through Ofgem.

What Can I Earn Through an Air to Water Heat Pump?

A number of factors determine your payments, such as current tariffs, metering and your heating needs.

An air to water heat pump is a type of air source heat pump and they are categorised under air source heat pumps when it comes to regulations with RHI.

With all air source heat pumps, an electric meter will be installed to monitor the amount of heat created by the system. The electric meter allows you to directly see the impact the air source heat pump has on your energy use and provides more accurate readings. These accurate readings allow for more accurate payments.

Currently, for air source heat pumps, the RHI payments will be based on the electric meter reading or the heat demand limit.

The heat demand limit is an annual heat demand limit set by the government. The small amount of electricity used to run the heat pump will be removed from the heat demand – only the renewable energy produced will go towards the total heat demand limit.  

Assignment of Rights

The Assignment of Rights (AoR) is another incentive available for installing renewable energy. Through AoR, an “investor” can cover the costs of the renewable energy purchase, installation and maintenance and will be assigned RHI payments. Either a homeowner or a landlord can have an investor under the AoR, but the homeowner or landlord needs to be the owner of the renewable energy system.

RHI makes it easier for your home and savings to benefit from renewable energy systems as well as make an environmental impact.

Get started with RHI benefits today.