Free Boiler & Heating Criteria
Grants are available to pay for the replacement of inefficient boilers and electric storage heaters. The grants can be accessed by home owners and private tenants who receive a qualifying benefit, tax credit or allowance. Grants normally cover the full cost and do not have to be paid back.
These Government-backed grants are part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme. Under ECO, Energy Suppliers are obliged to pay for energy saving improvements in households that are likely to be living in fuel poverty.
Even if you do not qualify for a grant, we can arrange for you to receive a free survey and quote from approved installers who can help with finance.
Note that there are no grants for full Central Heating systems at this time, although storage heaters can be replaced under the scheme. Click here for more information.
Who qualifies for an ECO Grant?
To qualify for a grant, you must own or privately rent the property. If you are a private tenant, you will need verbal permission from your landlord before making an enquiry. We cannot assist Council or Housing Association tenants, unless you own more than 50% of a Housing Association property.
Someone living in the household must receive one of the benefits listed on the left below. Pension Credit and Child Tax Credit qualify without additional criteria and the remaining five benefits require at least one of the elements shown on the right.
|Main Benefit||Additional Criteria|
* Income as shown on your last award letter.
** With Income-Related Employment Support Allowance only.
What type of boilers qualify?
The efficiency of your boiler should be less than 86% which means it will be rated between C and G. Boilers over 5 years old typically fall within this range. A and B rated boilers can also be replaced if there is a fault such as; needs pressurising regularly, pilot light will not stay on, heating and/or hot water not working, making a noise, etc.
Note that grants are not available to pay for the replacement of radiators only. There are also no grants for full Central Heating systems. However, the replacement of electric storage heaters for more efficient units is part of the grant scheme. Click here for details.
- Existing Boiler rating from C to G
- Boiler must be under 86% efficient
- Boiler is more than 5 years old
- Check PCDB Database if not sure
- No grants for radiators or full heating
- Boiler must run on Gas, Oil or LPG
In some cases a contribution may be required towards the cost, depending on how much work
is required and how efficient the property is. This will be advised at the time of survey.
What if you don't qualify?
Even if you do not qualify for a grant, you could still have a brand new, A-rated condensing boiler installed from just £20 per month. There are several finance/loan plans available with repayments being made over 3, 5 or 10 years.
A deposit may not be required in some circumstances but paying one will help to reduce your monthly payments. Taking the loan out over a shorter period such as 3 years which will also reduce the overall amount paid back. Availability of boiler finance is subject to a credit check.
EnergyLink can arrange for you to receive up to four free, no-obligation surveys and quotations from approved local heating installers who can help with boiler/heating finance. You can also choose to pay for the work once it is completed, rather than using finance. A new gas Boiler typically costs £1,500 to £2,500. Oil/LPG boilers and full Central Heating systems cost more.
Replacing an inefficient boiler can save up to £300 per year on heating bills. Installing a full Central Heating system in place of an inefficient system can save much more.
How can EnergyLink help?
EnergyLink can put you in touch with an approved installer working in your local area. Our installers all have access to ECO grant funding or can help with a loan/finance if you do not qualify.
All installers work to high standards of quality, health & safety and customer care. They are also Green Deal Approved and registered with the necessary trade bodies including Gas Safe and OFTEC.