Free Boiler & Heating Grant Scheme Criteria
Grants are available to cover some or all of the cost of replacing inefficient boilers and electric storage heaters. They can also cover the cost of installing central heating if you do not have it. The heating grant scheme can be accessed by home owners and private tenants who receive a qualifying benefit, tax credit or allowance and they do not have to be paid back.
Oil or LPG boilers and Electric Storage Heaters are normally 100% free but a small contribution towards the cost may sometimes be required.
Gas Boilers only qualify for partial funding so a contribution will always be required. This will vary depending on the property type and the current heating system but there are various options available to help you pay this amount. These include standard finance, 0% finance and The Green Deal which uses the energy bill savings from installing a new boiler to pay for the shortfall so you will never be out of pocket.
Note that funding levels have been cut in recent years and there will be very little difference if you apply elsewhere.
These Government-backed grants are part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme. Under ECO, Energy Suppliers are obliged to pay towards energy saving improvements in households that are likely to be living in fuel poverty.
Even if you do not qualify for the heating grant scheme, we can arrange for you to receive a free survey and quote from approved installers who can help with finance.
Electric storage heaters can also be replaced under the scheme. Click here for more information.
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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. Some benefits have household income thresholds that must not be exceeded in order to qualify for the heating grant scheme.
|Main Benefit||Additional Criteria|
Household income limits for Tax Credits are annual and before tax. Limits for Universal Credit are monthly net income i.e. after tax.
|No. Adults/Children||Tax Credits (per year)||Universal Credit (per month)|
|1 Adult & 1 Child||£17,400||£1,450|
|1 Adult & 2 Children||£21,600||£1,800|
|1 Adult & 3 Children||£25,800||£2,150|
|1 Adult & 4+ Children||£30,000||£2,500|
|2 Adults & 1 Child||£24,000||£2,000|
|2 Adults & 2 Children||£28,200||£2,350|
|2 Adults & 3 Children||£32,400||£2,700|
|2 Adults & 4+ Children||£36,600||£3,010|
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 type of boilers/systems qualify?
- 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 only
- Boiler must run on Gas, Oil or LPG
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. However, the replacement of electric storage heaters for more efficient units is part of the grant scheme.
What if you don't qualify?Read More >>
Even if you do not qualify for the heating grant scheme, you could still have a brand new, boiler or central heating system installed using the Green Deal. This is a type of finance which is paid back using the bill savings from your new system.
We can also arrange up to 4 quotes via our partner company who have a network of heating installers working throughout the UK.
How Can EnergyLink Help?Read More >>
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 Green Deal 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.
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