Constantine Cornwall

Heatpumps – low carbon heat

A recent tally of heat pumps installed in Constantine came up with a figure of somewhere between 25 and 30, being a combination of air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps.

At the moment there are two funding mechanisms to support the purchase of heat pumps for homes. There is the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-rhi/about-domesticrhi) and the Green Homes Grant. (greenhomesgrant.campaign.gov.uk) The Transition Constantine RHI is a tariff based scheme requiring an upfront capital cost, with a guaranteed payment for all the heat generated by the unit for seven years. The Green Homes Grant provides an up-front capital grant. The RHI scheme is currently due to end in March 2022.

This is an opportunity to see more heat pumps installed in at least some of the suitable properties in the parish. If you would like to speak to someone in the village who already has a heat pump operating, send an email to tmconstantine@btinternet.com. Alternatively, you can contact a suitably qualified and experienced local installer.

Even if you don’t go with the heat pump solution, the Green Homes Grant provides support for other energy efficiency measure in homes. You may have to be patient – there is considerable interest in this scheme and installers are very busy!