FreeHeating Blog - 31st July 2020
Grants to replace boilers or install central heating come from the main Energy Suppliers including British Gas, EDF, SSE, Scottish Power, NPower and E.ON. They have all been set targets to cut carbon emissions from private domestic households. Whilst it is possible to apply for a grant directly to any of these suppliers, there are several benefits to using a company such as EnergyLink.
EnergyLink have a network of approved installers operating throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Each installer must meet the PAS2030 standard, soon to be complemented by PAS2035, in order to work on the grant scheme. This ensures that they have extremely high standards of workmanship, health & safety and customer care. Installers must be registered with Trustmark which is a Government endorsed quality assurance scheme. They must also have the necessary trade qualifications such as Gas Safe and Oftec and they are required to have sufficient levels of insurance.
More funding options
If you apply directly to an Energy Supplier, there will typically only be one source of grant funding available which is the supplier’s own. Funding levels can vary across different suppliers and whilst you do not have to use your own supplier, it would be difficult to know who has the best funding without having several surveys carried out. An EnergyLink approved installer will often have several funding options, such as one or more Energy Suppliers or other agents acting on their behalf. This means that you should receive the best possible level of funding available.
EnergyLink were established in June 2007, initially helping customers to take advantage of grants for cavity wall and loft insulation. Since 2007 we have expanded our service to include solid wall and roof room insulation, central heating, solar panels and double glazing. We have many years of experience in matching customer requirements to the best possible installers.
Staff members at EnergyLink have previously worked within the insulation, heating, solar and double glazing industry in a variety of roles including surveying, sales, marketing, business development, IT, administration and accounts. This makes us well placed to understand the needs of both customers and installers, ensuring that the journey from initial enquiry to installation runs as smoothly as possible.
Full support service
When a customer submits their details via our website, depending on the options they have selected, they are matched to an approved installer who operates in their local area. If any difficulties arise such as not being contacted in a timely manner or issues with the survey or installation, EnergyLink will liaise with the appointed installer to ensure that any problems are overcome. In they unlikely event that the installer is unable to help, we can often recommend another company or suggest other avenues for the customer to explore.
EnergyLink are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a data controller and our registration number is Z1642958. We must process customer data lawfully in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018), and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Customers also have certain rights to view the data we hold and have it amended or deleted as necessary. We only use customer data for the purpose of the enquiry and it is only passed to approved installers with heating grant funding or authorised partner companies with their own installer networks. In all instances, these companies have been vetted to ensure they also process data lawfully. We do not sell customer data or send spam emails or texts of any kind.
If you would like a free, no-obligation survey from an EnergyLink approved heating installer, please complete our main application form. This will also give you an indication of whether you are likely to qualify for a heating grant. An installer will then contact you to answer any queries you may have before booking your survey.