OFTEC has welcomed the Government’s latest domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) announcement. The trade association highlighted the opportunity it offers home heating oil users to adapt their systems to use renewable technologies, whilst retaining the comfort and reliability that their heating oil system offers.
Homeowners with home heating oil will be able to add renewable technologies, such as an air source heat pump and/or a solar thermal panel, to their existing system and take advantage of the RHI payments. The RHI scheme allows for the use of hybrid heating systems in this way, providing the heat from the renewable technology is metered
By adopting a hybrid solution homeowners can avoid the problem of insufficient heat generation during cold weather, which heat pump-only systems often suffer from in retrofit situations. It also avoids the issue of low co-efficients of performance in the winter, which results in the heat pump running inefficiently and leads to high electricity bills for homeowners.
OFTEC and its members are developing consumer information on this option which will be available soon through the Oilsave website. Calculations made by OFTEC suggest that an air source heat pump linked to a condensing oil boiler could save home heating oil users around £150 per annum compared to using just the boiler alone. This saving is in addition to the annual RHI payment, which according to the DECC calculation method could work out at £760.
Furthermore, adding an air source heat pump to an oil condensing boiler installation would reduce carbon emissions by 18.5%. Manufacturers are already planning hybrid systems incorporating a condensing oil boiler, air source heat pump, smart controls and an RHI meter which will be marketed to rural homes. The systems will be easy for technicians to install.