Feed-in tariffs

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WelshMoth Tue 04-Aug-20 11:00:11

I'm looking at renovating an old property that will involve a large extension and re positioning of existing walls etc - quite a large job. There's already a chimney in place which we will keep for a wood burner but the current heating is via LPG, complete with a great big cylinder at the back of the property.

The owner is elderly and tells us that there hasn't been piped gas on that part of the mountain ever, despite petitions to have it there. On the higher end of the mountain, there is definitely piped gas.

Has anyone ever done away with a LPG or oil cylinder to swap to new energy providers? Is it complicated?

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WelshMoth Tue 04-Aug-20 11:01:39

Sorry - rambled a bit there. Also wanted to ask whether there are any new government incentives with energy ? The feed-in tariff website says it ended March this year.

Given we are more or less starting from scratch, I'd like to consider all possibilities before committing to changes.

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Honeyroar Tue 04-Aug-20 11:02:37

Do you mean has anyone switched to mains gas? We don’t have mains gas or water. Some neighbours looked into having it piped from the nearest houses that have gas (about half a mile) and it was £ tens of thousands.

HasaDigaEebowai Tue 04-Aug-20 11:02:53

If the gas isn't there the gas isn't there. We have no mains gas. The gas supply is in the next village but it doesn't come as far as us. The cost to bring it out is literally thousands and not worth it for us.

HasaDigaEebowai Tue 04-Aug-20 11:04:29

Not sure I understand the relevance of feed in tariffs either. That would only be relevant if you were generating your own power wouldn't it?

ArriettyJones Tue 04-Aug-20 11:04:40

Have you looked at wood pellets with a self-feeding hopper?

LBOCS2 Tue 04-Aug-20 12:12:26

There definitely are incentives and FIT payments for things like ground sourced and air sourced heat pumps, which I assume are the kind of renewable energies you're thinking of?


WelshMoth Tue 04-Aug-20 15:32:32

In hindsight, I should have posted 2
threads but, they've both been answered here so, thanks.

I'm not holding my breath for piped gas then - but I'd really like to do away with the cylinder at the back of the house. I'll definitely look into Ground source heat pumps and other possibilities.

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WelshMoth Tue 04-Aug-20 15:34:56

Where would be your first search point for looking at government incentives for Wales? I've been to the government website and it says that the scheme closed on March 2020.

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WelshMoth Tue 04-Aug-20 17:23:20

Just had a quote to pipe gas to the house - a princely sum of £22,500 shock. Think we'll have to stick to calor gas for cooking at least!

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Elouera Tue 04-Aug-20 17:34:36

I too wasnt sure if you are looking at government energy incentive schemes? We are taking on a run down house also, although it does have mains gas already. Sometimes the schemes are local- say with your water or electric supplier- so look on their websites, other times it a more government scheme.

I looked into a small wind turbine for the garden. The cost to buy it though, would take 25yrs to only just break even!!! shock
Solar panels are another scheme. Another is having an extra large water butt which collects the rainwater from the roof.
We are also looking into heat exchanges.


Murmurur Tue 04-Aug-20 17:42:47

That was a quick quote!

We've had a calor gas stove in a rural property. These days I'd just put in an induction hob instead.

WelshMoth Tue 04-Aug-20 17:59:46

I should have started 2 different threads.

I really, really want to get rid of the LPG and look at other ways of heating the property. I also want to cook on gas so I'll probably incorporate a calor gas storage somewhere into the design - not ideal but I hate induction.

I'm interested in the ground source heat pump but only know a scant amount about it.

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UnconsideredTrifles Wed 05-Aug-20 17:23:45

Following with interest - we're also in Wales, planning to buy an old house with defunct oil boiler and going to go greener! I'll let you know if I find anything.

WelshMoth Wed 05-Aug-20 17:43:04


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TheFnozwhowasmirage Sat 08-Aug-20 22:10:03

We built a house in an area with no gas supply and had a air source heat pump fitted. It takes less space than the ground source,it's about the size of an air conditioning unit. We qualify for the government RHI which is about £126 a quarter.Ours runs the underfloor heating and hot water in a 2000sq ft house and does a fab job. From what I understand,they work best in modern,highly insulated houses and aren't as efficient in conversions/ older properties. Ours is an eco house,so is super insulated and air tight,so it works well for us.

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