Introduction To Boiler Grants
Free grants are readily available to help householders with the costs of replacing their boiler. The grants are provided as part of a greater scheme backed by the UK Government called the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO).
Depending on your circumstances, the boiler grants can cover the entire expense of all work necessary and won’t need to be paid back. Instead, under ECO guidelines, major energy suppliers like British Gas and Npower are responsible for contributing to energy efficiency improvements in UK households to fight the issue of fuel poverty.
Homeowners may be asked to contribute towards costs, but this will depend on the kind of property and the energy efficiency rating of their boiler.
Grants Supported By
Which Benefits Qualify For a Free Boiler Grant?
To obtain access to a free boiler grant, you must first be the property’s homeowner, as private tenants and landlords are no longer entitled to boiler replacement grants via the ECO scheme. Additionally, the free boiler grant is only available when someone living at the address is receiving one or more income-related benefits or disability-related benefits.
- 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
How does the free boiler grant work?
As long as homeowners meet the established criteria, they’ll be able to make an online application and receive a free of charge, no-obligation quote for any work required. After an assessment, a replacement boiler will be installed by a professional installer with ECO approval. The homeowner can then claim back all the costs for the work via the ECO free boiler grant.
What happens if you are not eligible for a free boiler grant?
How Much Can a New Boiler Save You?
Old Boiler Rating
Mid Terraced House
Mid Floor Flat
G (< 70%)
F (70 - 74%)
E (74 - 78%)
What kind of boiler will qualify for a free installation grant?
Along with homeowners, the boiler in need of replacing must also qualify to be eligible to receive a free grant through ECO.
In order to meet the qualifying criteria, the boiler requiring replacement with a newer model must have an operating efficiency that is less than 86 per cent of its optimum capacity. A boiler operating at this level of efficiency will usually be rated somewhere between C and G, with A-rated boilers being the most efficient. Boilers that are five years of age and over will typically fall into this category and meet the criteria.
Boilers that are deemed to be broken beyond economic repair costs are also applicable for a grant, as are those that contain faults. Typical faults of older boilers that should see them qualify for a grant include needing constant repressurising, pilot lights that don’t stay on, those that often leak water and make considerable noise or more importantly, those that can no longer provide essential hot water or central heating to the property.
Regardless of whether a boiler has any of the above faults, if it has been rated C or lower in terms of efficiency, it should qualify for an ECO grant.