The latest government figures show that applications to the Boiler Upgrade Scheme rose by almost 50% in December 2023 compared to the previous year.
The surge in applications follows a 50% increase in grants for air source heat pumps announced by the Prime Minister in October last year, rising to £7,500.
Energy Security Secretary, Claire Coutinho, said:
We recently made our Boiler Upgrade Scheme one of the most generous schemes in Europe. Applications are now up by nearly 50% compared to last year.
Helping people, rather than forcing them, to make the right choices for their homes will always be my priority.
Lord Callanan, Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, said:
These figures show more people want the cleaner heating and more stable bills you get with a heat pump.
Our approach to reaching net zero works and because of increased heat pump grants, there’s never been a better time to make the switch.
The figures released also show a regional breakdown of where heat pumps have been installed in England and Wales.
The South West has seen the most with 3,655 installations, followed by the South East (excluding London) with 3,605 and then the East with 2,452.
Responding to the news, Daniel Särefjord, Aira UK CEO, said:
The government’s £7,500 Boiler Upgrade Scheme is helping to create a vibrant heat pump market in the UK. The latest figures show that thousands of British families are choosing to take their homes off gas, helping them to reduce their energy bills by 25% and cut their households carbon emissions by at least 75%.
Despite this positive progression with heat pump installations, Britons still spend nearly £20 billion per year on gas imports. By installing more heat pumps, the country will become more energy secure and climate friendly whilst bringing bills down.
Aira’s £300 million investment in the UK will help to create 8,000 new clean energy jobs over the next decade, so we can help more people install heat pumps in their homes. With our hassle-free, no upfront cost offer and low monthly payment plan, families will be able to benefit from a heat pump with energy bill savings from day one. We hope this offer will help Britons catch-up with Scandinavia, where heat pumps have been powering the majority of Scandi homes for decades.