The Carbon Trust support businesses, trying to implement energy efficient strategies, through leases, loans and financial support. They may help finance new equipment, help find high quality equipment suppliers or help you understand how to improve the energy efficiency of your business.
To find out if the Carbon Trust could help your business be more energy efficient, go to:
Enhanced Capital Allowance
An ECA allows a business invested in certain energy-saving equipment to write-off the total cost of that equipment against their taxable profit as a 100% first-year capital allowance.
There’s a whole breadth of technology which may qualify for the allowance including boiler equipment, combined heat and power (CHP) equipment, heat pumps, pipework insulation and much more.
To find out if your business might qualify for the allowance, go to: www.gov.uk/government/publications/enhanced-capital-allowance-scheme-for-energy-saving-technologies
Home Energy Scotland Renewables Loan Scheme
This scheme is funded by the Scottish Government and allows for applications for:
- Renewables systems – up to 75% of the total cost, up to £10,000.
- District heating scheme connections – up to 100% of the cost of connecting to a district heating scheme up to £5000.
The loans are available to owner occupiers in Scotland for existing residential buildings, or new buildings (if under construction and the property is already owned by the intended owner occupier.)
Amongst the technologies available to apply for the loan scheme, are:
- Air source to water heat pump
- Ground source to water heat pump
- Wood-fuelled (biomass) stoves and boilers
In order to qualify, your chosen installer of the technology must be MCS accredited. Thermsaver have this accreditation and are happy to discuss options and offer advice and guidance on the installation of any of the technologies we provide.
If you would like more information on the Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme, go to:
You may have read the term ‘MCS accreditation’ on various parts of our website, but if you’re unsure what it means it can be difficult to make an informed choice.
MCS Accreditation stands for Microgeneration Certification Scheme. It is an industry-led, quality assurance programme which is internationally recognised and supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The scheme was launched in 2008 and certifies installation companies, ensuring the highest standard of work is always given to the consumer. There are certain standards which must be met in order to gain MCS accreditation. A full list of MCS standards can be found here:
The scheme covers electricity generating technologies with a capacity of up to 50kW, and heat generating technologies with a capacity of up to 45kW, including:
- Heat Pumps
- Micro Combined Heat and Power Systems (CHP)
- Solar Thermal
- Wind Turbines
MCS Certification is an important element to consider when opting to install a renewable heat technology within your property. As well as ensuring you will receive the highest service, the MCS accreditation is backed by many of the government’s financial schemes. For example, the financial incentive within the generation tariff is only granted when an MCS accredited installer does the work.
Thermsaver have MCS accreditation and if you have any questions regarding the installation of a renewable technology within your home or property, we’d love to hear from you.