Energy Saving Advisor Re-launches in Time for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

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After major updates, Energy Saving Advisor has re-launched the website to advise the renewable energy technology market, now enlivened by the UK government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme which will reward homeowners for installing solar heating, heat pumps or biomass boilers to generate renewable home heat as the Feed-in Tariff does for electrical power. The immature and unsettled nature of the renewable energy market has led to a growing presence of inexperienced installers, so ESA provides a route to contact reliable suppliers accredited under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

Energy Saving Advisor provides a route through the complexities of most renewable technologies

Following a six month period devoted to content development, Energy Saving Advice Team have launched the new version of the Energy Saving Advisor website ( The launch comes just in time to provide the advice and information on renewable energy technologies needed by a market re-energized as the result of the imminent launch of DECC’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

Energy Saving Advisor is an online service developing as a trusted resource for domestic and business consumers looking for authoritative information on many renewable energy solutions, and as a route to identify reliable suppliers.

During the last year, consumers have been patiently waiting to hear from DECC the final details of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – a scheme which is expected to transform the economics of installing one or more renewable heat generating technologies in the home. The announcement, scheduled for ‘spring 2014’, is expected to stimulate a demand for trustworthy information about solar thermal systems, heat pumps and biomass boilers. Energy Saving Advisor now contains a wealth of easily digestible information about appliances, the economics and the companies that install them.

Although an RHI for non-domestic installations has been available since November 2011, the scheme for householders has been deferred several times, the current intended launch date of spring 2014 being announced in March 2013. July 2013 saw the publication of the document which set out the final policy for the domestic RHI, subject to State Aid and Parliamentary approval.

The Renewable Heat Incentive ( will reward householders who use an eligible technology to generate heat for their buildings similar to the way the Feed-in Tariff scheme (FITs) ( pays for electricity generated in the home, most commonly from solar PV panels. It allows the investment in the new equipment to create a fair return, giving a better payback than most retail investment plans. By increasing the generation of heat from renewable energy sources (instead of fossil fuels), the RHI helps the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet targets for reducing the effects of climate change.

In this immature and changeable market based on technically complex and expensive products, it is easy for potential purchasers to get confused by the terminology and end up being supplied with the wrong solution. There are suppliers and installers whose knowledge barely exceeds that of their customers. In these cases, they may promote the technology they know well rather than the one best for the customer’s situation.

Energy Saving Advisor provides a route through the complexities of most renewable technologies – solar, heat pumps, biomass, wind power, hydropower, micro-CHP and heat recovery – and makes it easy to find a trustworthy supplier.

About Energy Saving Advisor

Founded to help make information on renewable energy technologies and suppliers readily accessible to potential users, and influenced by Dr David MacKay’s rigorous treatment in his book ‘Sustainable energy without the hot air’, Energy Saving Advisor is accessible via a website, blog pages and social media.

Essential information on solar PV, solar thermal, heat pumps, biomass combustion, wind power, hydro power, exhaust heat recovery and micro-CHP has been compiled from a wide range of sources, into a readable resource containing links to original material. The site makes it easy to contact reliable suppliers.

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