How YOU could bag £5,000 to improve your home and lower your heating bills – how to claim

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The Government is due to announce a new scheme that could give eligible households a whopping £5,000 to upgrade their home energy systems. The Prime Minister will announce the “boiler upgrade scheme” as the centrepiece of his long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy.

New gas boilers will be banned from 2035, and households will be offered the £5,000 grants to install heat pumps in their homes.

The scheme expands on the existing £4,000 “clean heat grant”, and a wider range of homes will be eligible for the improved sum.

The future ban will apply only to new installations, and Mr Johnson’s plan will be to gradually move to low carbon options.

The 2035 ban on new gas boilers is likely to boost Mr Johnson’s green credentials as he prepares to host world leaders at the Cop26 climate change summit in Glasgow at the end of this month.

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How does a heat pump work?

To provide heat, a heat pump works by extracting heat from the air outside of your home and transferring it to refrigeration coolant.

The coolant is then compressed, which increases the temperature; the coolant is then moved to the indoor unit of the heat pump, which then passes air over the hot coolant.

Installing a heat pump puts two visible changes on your home – a “wall cassette” that is mounted inside your home, and a condenser unit that stays on the outside of your home.



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