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What are the benefits of Combined Heat and Power?

What are the benefits of CHP

Schemes that have been certified under the UK Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Quality Assurance programme as being highly efficient are termed 'Good Quality CHP schemes'. In recognition of the reduced carbon emissions such schemes provide, Good Quality CHP schemes are eligible for a number of incentives from the government. For more information, see the page in this guideline: The Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance Scheme

There are several other benefits to using CHP to supply the energy for your business. For example, CHP can help you to:

  • reduce your energy bills by up to 30 per cent
  • reduce your carbon emissions by up to 30 per cent
  • increase the security of your energy supply - as your power will be generated independently of the grid.

CHP is also not restricted to new builds, as it can be installed on existing sites - eg during boiler room refurbishments.

One of the major benefits of using CHP systems can be a significant reduction in your business' energy bill. The amount you can save will depend on whether the CHP is custom-built or a packaged unit. For more information see the page in this guideline on different types of CHP systems for business.

The diagram below illustrates how you can reduce your energy bill by using a combined heat and power system. In this example the conventional system uses 34% more fuel to produce the same amount of heat and power.

Further information

Department of Energy and Climate Change: CHP guidance and support

CHP Focus: UK Heat map

In this Guideline

What is Combined Heat and Power?

What are the benefits of Combined Heat and Power?

Who can benefit from Combined Heat and Power?

Different types of CHP systems for businesses

Combined Heat and Power maintenance

The Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance Scheme

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