Should I install renewables?

Feed-in tariffs and the renewable heat incentive: your questions answered.

Thanks to a successful campaign by Friends of the Earth and our supporters, you can now make money and tackle climate change. Install a clean, green energy system in your home, business or community building and you’ll get paid for the electricity or heat you produce.

What is the FIT and RHI?

The feed-in tariff (FIT) is a payment from energy companies to anyone who generates electricity from a renewable source. The renewable heat incentive (RHI) is a payment for generating heat from renewables.

Free booklet

Feed-in tariffs and the renewable heat incentive shows you how to generate your own renewable energy, cut your bills – and reduce your carbon emissions. It explains:

• What is the feed-in tariff and renewable heat incentive?
• What are the benefits?
• Should I get solar panels?
• How can I save energy and save £s?
• How to make your own electricity
• How to make your own heat
• Your home, school, community and business – everyone can benefit.

This free booklet is packed with stories from real people and organisations who’ve already fitted solar PV, solar thermal, wind turbines, hydro and more. Read about their experiences to help you find out what's best for your home, business or community group.


"We use the dishwasher and washing machine when the sun is out." Helen Catt.
© Paul Glendell / Friends of the Earth

For each renewable technology, our booklet explains:

• Costs
• Payback period
• FIT/RHI lifetime, and annual CO2 savings.

Did you know?

  • Free solar panels
    Some companies will put solar panels on your roof free of charge. In return you get free electricity (or discounted electricity) for the next 25 years but the company keeps the FIT payments.
  • Energy health check
    During the winter of 2010, more than half of Britons kept the heating on non-stop for more than 12 hours each day. That was despite average gas and electricity bills rising to £1,228.
  • You don't need direct sunlight for PV
    Solar PV will produce electricity on cloudy days (but not at night). Power varies according to the position and amount of sunlight, and type of cell used.



"When our old oil boiler conked out, an energy consultant advised how best to reduce the carbon footprint of our home. He said a pellet boiler would slash our emissions by 60 per cent. I was hooked." Dominic Murphy.
© Hannah Solloway

Find out more

Download Feed-in tariffs and the renewable heat incentive

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Take action on climate change

We have the FIT and RHI because of the support of thousands of people like you. Together, we can do even more to tackle climate change. Here's some more ways you can help: