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 who receive a qualifying benefit, tax credit or allowance and they do not have to be paid back.
A contribution towards the cost may sometimes 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 the property and have bills, benefits, etc. registered at that address. Landlords and private tenants no longer qualify because it is the landlord’s responsibility to pay for these improvements. However, you can still qualify for help through the Green Deal. This is a type of loan that uses the energy bill savings to pay off the amount borrowed. Note that we cannot assist Council or Housing Association tenants.
To qualify for a heating grant, someone living in the household must receive one of the income or disability-related benefits listed below:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Child Benefit *
- Child Tax Credit
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-Related Employment Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Universal Credit
- War Pensions Mobility Supplement
- Working Tax Credit
* If you receive Child Benefit the household income after tax must be less than shown in the table below. The limits depend on whether you are claiming as part of a couple and the number of children you are responsible for.
|Child Benefit Claim Type||Income|
|Single & 1 Child||£18,500|
|Single & 2 Children||£23,000|
|Single & 3 Children||£27,500|
|Single & 4+ Children||£32,000|
|Couple & 1 Child||£25,500|
|Couple & 2 Children||£30,000|
|Couple & 3 Children||£34,500|
|Couple & 4+ Children||£39,000|
A contribution towards the cost may be required, depending on the amount of work required and how efficient the property is. 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
- Boiler must be faulty
- Full Central Heating Systems
- Replacement Storage Heaters
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. There should also be 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 installation of a full central heating system and the replacement of electric storage heaters for more efficient units are part of the grant scheme.
No Central Heating
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, central heating system or storage heaters 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 a free, no-obligation survey and quote from our 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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