Free Boiler & Heating Grants
Grants are available towards the cost of a Replacement Boiler or full Central Heating system. The grants are part of a Government-backed scheme called the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). In some cases they can cover the full cost of the work and they do not have to be paid back.
Oil and LPG boilers are normally free of charge although in some cases you may have to pay towards the cost. Gas boilers are no longer free and you will be required to pay a contribution towards the cost. This can be funded in a variety of ways including Green Deal Finance where some or all of the savings made on your heating bills pay the required amount over the lifetime of the boiler.
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.
Grants can also be claimed to replace inefficient or faulty Electric Storage Heaters. Click here for more information.
Who qualifies for a grant?
You must own or privately rent the property, be receiving a qualifying benefit and if you have a boiler, it must also be suitable.
- Home owners and private tenants
- Housing assoc. tenants who own over 50%
- Receiving one of seven income-related benefits
- Household income limits may apply
- Existing boiler must be at least 5 years old
- Boiler must be powered by Gas, Oil or LPG
Grants are also available for Electric Storage Heater replacement. Click here for details and to apply for a grant.
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 their landlord before applying for a grant.
Receiving Income-Related Benefits
Someone living in the property must be receiving one or more of the following benefits:
- Pension Guarantee Credit (state pension top-up)
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-Related Employment Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit *
- Working Tax Credit *
- Universal Credit *
* Household income limits apply. 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.
- Boiler must be Gas, Oil or LPG.
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.
Storage Heaters can be replaced for more efficient units under the scheme. Click here for more details and to apply.
See our Who Qualifies page for more information
If the current boiler runs on mains gas, a contribution will be required, depending on the amount of work needed and how efficient the property is. Some Oil and LPG boilers may also require a small contribution. This can be paid for through savings on heating bills via the Green Deal.
What If You Don't Qualify?
Even if you don't qualify for a 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 up to 4 surveys and quotes from an approved installers 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. Gas boilers cost in the region of £1,500 to £2,500. Off-gas boilers and 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.