Five hundred vulnerable homes across the UK are to be the recipients of the UK’s first fully funded ground source heat pump offer.

The free heat pump offer is aimed at housing associations and is provided by ground source heat pump manufacturer Kensa Heat Pumps.

Kensa claims the ‘Free the Heat’ offer will help to protect the most vulnerable from fuel poverty with total expected energy savings upwards of £200,000 per annum. 

“The increasing focus on the UK’s high levels of fuel poverty highlights a growing need to reduce heating bills,” said Simon Lomax, managing director of The Kensa Group. “Ultra-efficient ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) provide the most economic heating with costs even lower than a mains gas condensing boiler.” 

With funding limited to 500 homes, Kensa is urging housing providers to get in touch via their dedicated website at to register their interest.

“We expect this free offer to be hugely popular with housing providers with stock in off gas areas. The plan is to deliver the heating upgrades throughout the summer so tenants receive the benefits before next winter,” said Mr Lomax.

This is the first time that ground source heat pumps have been offered for free to housing associations, and includes full ownership of the heat pump retained by the housing provider.

The offer is financed through combinations of the Renewable Heat Incentive streams and the Energy Companies Obligation subsidy.