This marks the fourth month that there have been more than 2,000 applications since grants for air source and ground source heat pumps increased to £7,500.

It means the monthly average for applications received between November 2023 and February 2024 is 45% higher than the monthly average before the grant uplift. 

Energy Security Secretary, Claire Coutinho, said: “No family should be forced to make changes that aren’t right for them. With the right support – like the 50% increase in heat pump grants – families can make their homes warmer and cut their emissions without breaking the bank. 

“Figures out today show that our plan is working with applications up by 75% from last year.” 

Lord Callanan, Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, said: “Demand for heat pumps is soaring, as we make it easier than ever to make the switch to electric heating without big upfront costs. 

”Our boosted £7,500 grants are helping people create a warm home and lower their emissions. And with applications up 75%, it’s clear our approach is hugely popular with many families.” 

Up to the end of February, there have now been 35,741 applications and the scheme has paid out close to £127 million in vouchers to customers. The increase in heat pump grants, coupled with the tax cuts that the Chancellor delivered in the spring budget, demonstrate the government’s drive to support families. 

The figures come alongside the government’s Welcome Home to Energy Efficiency campaign, which continues to promote the Boiler Upgrade Scheme as well as highlighting the wider efficiency measures that can work together to help save money on bills. 

They also follow recent changes to the Boiler Upgrade Scheme criteria. Householders will no longer have to install cavity wall or loft insulation to use the scheme, giving them greater choice on how they improve their home and potentially reducing the costs associated with installing a heat pump on a semi-detached property by around £2,500.  

The government has also published a guide for potential heat pump owners, where industry experts answer frequently asked questions on heat pumps and their installation. The guide can be found here