Geothermal heat pumps - how do they work?

Geothermal heat pumps use energy generated and stored deep within the Earth. Geothermal energy can be used to heat homes but usually on a large scale, for example the city of Reykjavik, Iceland, uses geothermal energy to supply space heating to whole communities.

If you’re looking to use the heat within the Earth to heat your home, a ground source heat pump is the ideal option. They use solar energy stored in the ground just below your feet to provide heating and hot water in domestic properties.

What are the benefits of ground source heat pumps?

Save money on your heating bills

Ground source heat pumps offer a complete heating and hot water solution for your home. Their efficiency means you can enjoy a cosy, warm home all year round, without having to worry about huge bills that only ever seem to go up.

Lower your carbon footprint

Looking for a more environmentally friendly way of heating your home? Ground source heat pumps use the free and renewable warmth that exists in the ground below our feet to provide hot water to heat your home. Choosing a heat pump system helps to lower your carbon footprint so you can do your bit for the planet without it costing you the Earth.

All year round comfort

There’s nothing worse than waking up on a cold winter’s morning and having to wait for the heating to kick in. Ground source heat pumps work best kept at a constant temperature so you can start your day without having to wrap up. It also means there are no peaks and troughs in temperature in your home just a continuous, comfortable warmth.

Save money!

Installing a ground source heat pump in your home does require an initial outlay but you will save money in the long run. Heating your home with a heat pump costs a lot less than more traditional methods and the Government’s financial incentives have been put in place to cover the costs of installation.

More efficient

Ground source heat pumps are more efficient than traditional heating such as gas or oil central heating or electric heaters. For every kilowatt of electricity you pay for, you can get up to 4 kilowatts of heat output.

Protect yourself from spiralling energy bills

Why is it that energy bills tend to increase in the run up to winter, just when you need your heating the most? While your friends and family are complaining about their huge bills, you can rest easy that your bills are lower than ever.

How can I make money from ground source heat pumps?

In April 2014, the Government launched the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). This is a generous quarterly payment that you could receive if you install a ground source heat pump in your home. What’s more, these payments will be tax-free, index-linked and paid for seven years!

This Ice Energy Customer is already receiving payments after installing a heat pump in 2010 and couldn't be happier:

““Our payment schedule states that thanks to our heat pump we will receive £1,182.96 per quarter; a total of £33,122.68 which is a very healthy return on investment!””

— Janet Birkmyre, Worcestershire

Why install a boiler that only costs you money when instead, you could recoup your installation costs and reduce your fuel bills at the same time?

The RHI payments will be subject to review and could reduce as more people register for the scheme. This means that those people who get on board at the start of the scheme stand to benefit the most. It’s vital that you contact us as soon as possible to ensure you claim your share of the money available.

If you want to save money on your energy bills, simply complete the short form on the right and enquire today!

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