Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

Two schemes: Domestic RHI and Non-Domestic RHI

The Renewable Heat Incentive has two schemes – Domestic and Non-Domestic. They have separate tariffs, joining conditions, rules and application processes.  Each application can be submitted to only one of the schemes.  Domestic RHI information can be found below and Non-Domestic RHI information accessed here

What is the Domestic RHI?

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) is an incentive financed by the UK Government to promote the implementation and use of renewable heat.  Encouraging consumers to switch to heating systems that utilise naturally replenished energy helps the UK reduce its carbon footprint.

Who’s it for?

The scheme’s open to anyone who can meet the joining requirements.  It’s for households both off and on the gas grid.  People off mains gas have the most potential to save on fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions.

What’s in it for me?

Consumers joining the scheme and abiding by the guidelines, receive quarterly payments for seven years based on the amount of renewable heat their system produces.  For a discussion about what this could equate to in monetary terms for you or your business, please contact Kristian Newell on 01482 708380 or

Domestic RHI

The key to joining is that the renewable heating system heats only a single property which is capable of getting a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The EPC is the proof required that your property is assessed as a domestic ‘dwelling’. Without an EPC, you’ll be unable to apply or join the scheme.

The EPC has the purpose of :-

a)    providing information about a property’s energy use

b)    recommending how to reduce energy and save money

AN EPC is a requirement each time you buy, sell or rent a property. It’s also included as part of a Green Deal Assessment, which is required in most instances to join the Domestic RHI.  Natural Green Services would have this conducted on your behalf as part of the installation process.

Which heating systems are eligible?

There are four eligible renewable heating system types. These are:

Product check

As well as installing one of the four eligible heating system types, Natural Green Services work with fully established manufacturers and only install a qualifying make and model of your heating system as per the Government’s product eligibility list.

Check heat uses

There are restrictions on what the heat produced can be used for. Biomass and heat pump systems must provide space heating (rooms in a house) or space and water heating. Space heating must be delivered by a liquid medium, such as a radiator. Hot water heating is for domestic purposes only.

Where it’s more complicated

If your property set-up doesn’t quite fit into standard descriptions, or if your renewable system supplies heat to more than one building, it may prove difficult to decide under which scheme to apply.  In certain instances properties can be legitimately eligible to apply under either scheme.

Applications will be assessed case by case, but on a general basis:-

  • properties with a home office within a house that has, or can get a domestic EPC, should be eligible for the Domestic RHI.
  • properties with annexes attached to the house are normally covered by one domestic EPC and should be eligible for the Domestic RHI.
  • properties with a main house and a self-contained outbuilding (with its own bathroom and kitchen), both heated by a renewable heating system, would normally have an EPC for each. They would not be eligible for the Domestic RHI.
  • properties with a main house and other outbuildings all heated by a renewable heating system may not be eligible for the Domestic RHI.

Installed before the scheme opened?

If you had an installation completed ahead of the introduction of the Domestic RHI scheme, there are some differences in eligibility requirements that apply to you.  For more information on this or any of the other points covered on this page, please contact Kristian Newell on 01482 708380 or or complete our form below:

Renewable Heat Incentive Contact Form



For information on the Non-Domestic RHI please click here