Free Boiler & Heating Grants
Grants are available to cover the full cost of a Replacement Boiler. The grants are part of a new Government scheme called the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). In most cases they will cover the full cost of the work and they do not have to be paid back.
Providing you meet the criteria outlined below, EnergyLink can arrange for you to receive a free, no-obligation survey from an approved ECO installer working in your local area.
Unfortunately, there are no grants for full Central Heating systems at this time.
Who qualifies for a grant?
You must own or privately rent the property, be receiving a qualifying benefit and your existing boiler must also be suitable.
- Home owners and private tenants
- Housing assoc. tenants who own over 50%
- Receiving one of six income-related benefits
- Additional benefit component may be required
- Existing boiler must be at least 5 years old
- Property must be connected to mains gas network
Owners & Private Tenants
To qualify for a grant, you must be a home owner or tenant renting from a private landlord. Tenants who own more than 50% of a housing association property can also qualify. All tenants, should seek permission from the landlord before applying for a grant.
Receiving Income-Related Benefits
Someone living in the property must be receiving one or more of the following seven main benefits:
- Pension Credit (state pension top-up)
- Child Tax Credit (household income under £16,010)
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-Related Employment Support Allowance
- Working Tax Credit (household income under £16,010)
- Universal Credit (monthly household income of £1,250 or less within the last 12 months)
Additional criteria applies to certain benefits. Click here to view the full criteria.
Existing Boiler Qualifies
If you have a Central Heating system and your existing boiler is aged over 5 years old, you should qualify to have it replaced free of charge.
- Boiler is more than 5 years old.
- Existing Boiler rating from C to G.
- Boiler must be under 86% efficient.
- Check PCDB Database if not sure.
- Property must have mains gas.
You can also qualify if your boiler is A or B rated and it has a fault such as no heating/hot water, pilot light going out, making noises, losing pressure, etc.
Unfortunately, there are no grants for full Central Heating systems or to replace radiators only.
See our Who Qualifies page for more information
In some circumstances you may have to pay a contribution,
depending on the amount of work required and the efficiency of the property.
What If You Don't Qualify?
Even if you don't qualify for an ECO grant, you can still have a brand new, A-rated condensing boiler installed from as little as £20 per month. Several finance/loan options are available with repayments being spread over 3, 5 or 10 years.
Finance can also be used to pay for the installation of a full Central Heating system, replacement of radiators, thermostatic controls, etc. All finance plans are subject to a credit check.
EnergyLink can arrange for you to receive a free survey and quote from an approved installer working in your local area who can assist with finance. You can also pay the entire cost once the work is complete, rather than using finance. Boilers cost in the region of £1,500 to £2,500. Full heating systems cost more.
Replacing an inefficient boiler with a modern, A-rated condensing boiler can save you up to £300 per year on your heating bills. Upgrading an inefficient heating system can achieve even higher savings.
How can EnergyLink help?
EnergyLink can put you in touch with an approved installer working in your local area who has access to grant funding or who can help with finance.
We have helped many thousands of customers since June 2007 with grants for Home Insulation and Central Heating. We understand the industry and work hard to put you in touch with the right people.