Biomass rip-off

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A few cautionary words about the rush towards domestic biomass heating may be in order. A very plausible salesman offered us an installed system for £19,000, which we were assured would pay for itself over seven years thanks to the heating incentive payment of 8p per kWh.

However, a few simple calculations put the lie to that. Even worse was the finding that we could source and install identical equipment ourselves for £10,000. But, if we did so, the heating incentive would no longer apply.

In other words, it would cost us a further £9,000 to get the 8p. Needless to say, we declined. The upshot is that the government incentive is actually a disincentive. Unintended or intended consequences?

Tim Flinn


East Lothian