Richmondshire District Council

Funding for efficient renewable heating system

We are working with Communitas Energy to help eligible residents access funding to install Air Source Heat Pumps into their homes. Funding has been secured through National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund programme to install 200 Air Source Heat Pumps into people’s homes.

If you live away from the gas network and currently heat your home using night storage heaters, room heaters or solid fuel heating, you may be eligible for a new, fully funded renewable heating system, to be installed free of charge into your home. This will reduce your energy bills and transform your home heating.

What is an Air Source Heat Pump?

An air source heat pump (ASHP) extracts energy from the outside air, even at the coldest time of the year, to provide heat inside the home and is classed as a renewable system. 

The system comprises of a heat pump (ASHP), which is an external unit, usually located to the rear or side of the property. This takes energy held within the outside air which is run through a compression circuit before releasing this as heat into the home via new radiators and a hot water system.

This is classed as a renewable system. It typically provides more than three times the heat for each unit of electricity used to power it and is eligible for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (DRHI).

How the funding works

There are two main elements of funding for this project:

  • Warm Homes Funding (WHF)- secured by North Yorkshire County Council
  • and Communitas Energy investment which is in turn recovered through the Government’s Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (DRHI) generated from the unit over a seven year period

Together, these funding packages will enable the project to offer fully funded ASHP installations to eligible, privately owned, off-gas properties.

This funding works on a first come first served basis.

Private and social landlords can also benefit from the scheme and will be required to make a nominal contribution per property.

Is my property suitable?

The scheme is targeting properties that do not have an existing gas, oil or LPG central heating system and are located away from the gas network.

Properties must be insulated through loft and cavity wall insulation. Other funding provisions are available to assist homes owners with this and advice will be given at the time. A full assessment of the property will be carried out.

Am I eligible?

The scheme is aimed at providing affordable warmth for households. 

If you are a homeowner or tenant, then you could qualify if:

1. Your home falls within one of the designated catchment areas; or

2. All the residents in the household have a combined income of £21,000 or less and the property is in EPC band D, E, F or G

3. A household member receives certain state benefits:

  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Child Benefit (income thresholds apply)

How to apply

Communitas Energy is managing the scheme on behalf of Richmondshire District Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

For further information and to make an enquiry visit the Communitas Energy website

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