Introduction To Boiler Grants
Grants are now offered that will cover all or part of the costs involved in replacing a faulty or inefficient boiler. The ECO grants can also cover the expense of installing a central heating system if none is present on the property. The boiler grant scheme is applicable to homeowners who are receiving a qualifying benefit, such as income support or a disability living allowance, for example.
In some cases, a contribution may be required towards the total cost of necessary work. However, this will depend on the present heating system installed and the property type. There is a wide range of options available to assist homeowners with affording payments, including the Green Deal, a scheme that uses utility bill savings from the installation of an efficient new boiler to cover any shortfall so that homeowners are not left out of pocket.
As mentioned, these grants are government-backed and part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme. In line with ECO, major UK energy suppliers like British Gas and Npower are now obliged to make payments towards energy efficiency improvements made in households where residents may potentially be living with fuel poverty.
Providing that householders meet specific criteria, they can apply online, receive a no-obligation, free of charge survey and have a boiler fitted by an approved professional ECO installer operating in their local area.
Four simple steps to acquire your free boiler installation
The process of obtaining your grant for a free boiler replacement is simple and straightforward. First, you must fill in and submit the online form, then you can book your free survey. With a date set, your boiler will be replaced by professional installers. Once the installation is complete, you can claim your boiler grant to cover the costs.
Will I qualify for a free boiler grant?
In order to qualify for a free boiler grant, you must be the property’s homeowner. At present, landlords and private tenants do not qualify for assistance for boiler replacement through the ECO scheme.
To qualify for a free boiler grant, someone who is a resident at the property must be in receipt of one or more disability or income-related benefits. However, a contribution towards costs may be requested in some situations, depending on the energy efficiency of the home and how much work is involved.
Those eligible for free boiler grants include householders who are presently receiving any of the following state benefits:
Armed Forces Independence Payment
Child Tax Credit
Constant Attendance Allowance
Disability Living Allowance
Income-Related Employment Support Allowance
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Pension Guarantee Credit
Working Tax Credit
Severe Disablement Allowance
War Pensions Mobility Supplement
* Limitations will apply to applicants using child benefits as their qualifying characteristic.
If you are in receipt of child benefits, in order to qualify your total household income after tax has to be less than the amount below. The set limitations will depend on how many children you have and whether you are making a claim as a single person or jointly as a couple.
A single person with one child – £18,500
A single person with two children – £23,000
A single person with three children – £27,500
A single person with four or more children – £32,000
Couple with one child – £25,500
Couple with two children – £30,000
Couple with three children – £34,500
Couple with four or more children – £39,000
What type of heating systems qualify for a free boiler grant?
It isn’t just homeowners that must qualify to receive a boiler grant, but the boiler itself. To qualify for the grant, the boiler within the property must have an efficiency rating that is less than 86 per cent of its full capacity. This efficiency level means it will be rated somewhere from C to G. Typically, boilers that are more than five years of age will be part of this range.
Additionally, boilers with faults can also be suitable to receive the grant. Common examples of these faults include them requiring regular repressurising, leaking water, their pilot light refusing to stay on, them making a large amount of noise or the fact that they are no longer functioning properly to supply central heating or hot water to the property.
Whether your boiler has faults or not, if it has a rating of C or lower, it should qualify for a free boiler grant. Finally, another reason that will qualify it is if it’s so badly broken it is beyond repair work that is economical.
What if you are not entitled to a free boiler grant?
If you find that you are not eligible for a boiler grant, you may still be entitled to Green Deal finance that can help you pay costs for a new replacement boiler. A loan scheme, the Green Deal, is attached to properties rather than people. Householders will not be required to make an advanced payment of any kind as repayments are recovered from the property’s heating bill savings instead.
What are the advantages of free boiler grants?
The free boiler grant scheme was designed to provide entitled householders throughout the UK with affordable and efficient heating. Research suggests that older boiler models operate at about 65 per cent of their optimal efficiency. Effectively, this means that for every pound spent on costs for heating, around 35p is wasted. In comparison, the latest A-rated boilers available from leading manufacturers like Worcester Bosch and Viessmann operate at no less than 90 per cent of their full efficiency, resulting in 10p at most being wasted for every pound spent on heating costs.
As well as the economic advantages, a new boiler installation can also be exceptionally beneficial for our environment. Utilising advanced energy-efficient boilers effectively means that far less energy is needed for home heating, leading to less harmful emissions being produced. Not only does this reduce a household’s individual carbon footprint, but it supports the government’s green-minded agenda to cut carbon emissions here in the UK.
The advantages of replacing your outdated or faulty boiler via the ECO boiler grant scheme are clear. If you are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits listed above, it will be well worth your while making an application. As mentioned, if you do not qualify and are unable to receive a free boiler replacement grant, you may still be eligible for assistance through the Green Deal finance scheme. In order to make significant savings in the long term, replacing an older model of boiler is always a wise move.
Apply For Your Free Boiler Grant
Following your successful application, we will arrange a free, no obligation survey to ensure the maximum grant is obtained and advise you on the best products to reduce your homes energy usage.