An increasing number of homeowners and landowners are now turning to ground source heat pump technology as an alternative to traditional oil and LPG boilers. This is because ground source heat pumps harness free solar energy stored in the ground to provide heating and hot water to your property.

Ground source heat pumps typically produce approximately 4 units of heat for every 1 unit of electricity consumed, making them a very efficient form of heating. This is in contrast to fossil fuel boilers, which typically operate at around 80% efficiency. At today’s fuel prices, this means that ground source heat pumps will make significant running cost savings against heating oil and LPG.

As part of the UK’s commitment to tackling climate change, the Government currently incentivises the installation of ground source heat pumps. Domestic properties can receive up to around £30,000 for installing ground source heat pumps. Commercial buildings receive an ongoing tariff payment over 20 years, akin to the previous feed-in tariff for solar photovoltaic panels.

Land owner and Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe, is currently building a new development on his farm, and has chosen heat pumps as the source of heating and hot water.

Mr Lowe says: “I have chosen to install heat pumps at a new stable and horse training facility on my farm in Gloucestershire. Heat pumps are definitely the way to go now as they’ll cost me far less to run than oil or LPG. I’m also going to get a good return on investment under the Government Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, which is paying me for installing green technology”

If you don’t have the land available for ground source heating, or you do and prefer not to use it, modern air source heat pumps offer similar levels of efficiency and are also incentivised by the Government.

Alto Energy is the UK distributor for IVT heat pumps. IVT, one of Europe’s leading ground source and air source heat pump manufacturers, is based in Sweden and is owned by Bosch. There are over 8,000 IVT heat pumps already installed in the UK. All products come with a 5 year parts and labour warranty as standard, extendable up to 15 years, and are fully supported by a nationwide team of heat pump engineers.

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