Heat pump costs rise to £45,000 but seven hacks could slash your energy bills instead | Personal Finance | Finance newsbhunt


Households are being reminded to take advantage of other energy bill-saving measures outside of heat pumps by experts.

The UK Government launched the Boiler Upgrade Scheme as part of its Net Zero agenda, offering financial support to cover the costs of environmentally friendly alternatives to gas boilers.

As it stands, the scheme is offering £7,500 towards the cost of a new heat pump which is a 50 percent increase from what was originally provided.

Heat pumps are perceived as an energy-efficient and affordable option for households going forward but some estimates place the installation costs of these devices at £45,000, according to GreenMatch.

Due to this, families are having to rely on other ways of reducing their energy bills while being environmentally conscious.

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Here is a breakdown of the seven alternatives to heat pumps which could reduce your energy bills significantly, according to assessors at Elmhurst Energy:

  • Loft insulation
  • Wall insulation
  • Water tank insulation
  • Turn down the thermostat
  • Use a programmable thermostat
  • Switch to LED light bulbs
  • Draught proofing.

Stuart Fairlie, the managing director of Elmhurst Energy, broke down why Britons should look into alternatives to heat pumps.

He explained: “Heat pumps are never far from the headlines. One minute they are the immediate future and the next we should remain content with fossil fuels like gas and oil – all be it for a little bit longer than we thought.

“The simple truth is that there are so many things we can do to our homes and buildings to reduce carbon emissions and improve their energy performance.

“Not every home is suitable for a heat pump anyway, so instead of worrying how we will heat our homes later, let’s think about all the different ways we can save energy now. With bills going up, that is something everyone wants to do.

In order for households to find the best solution for them, Mr Fairlie recommends people should get their home’s energy performance certificate (EPC).

This form gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.

Using this, people will be able to ascertain what energy bill-saving hacks will be most suited for them.

Mr Fairlie added: “The solution is a straightforward one. Get hold of your property’s EPC or have a new one produced and look at the recommendations.”


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