boiler grants

BOILER GRANT – Do you Qualify ?

If Your Gas Boiler is 7 years or older, and you receive one of the Qualifying Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances you may Qualify for Boiler Grant to Replace it

Qualifying Benefits Now Include Guaranteed Pension Credit, Tax Credits, JSA, ESA, Income Support, Universal Credit, PIP, DLA, Carer’s Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Child Benefit and some MOD Allowances

What is a Boiler Grant?

An ECO Boiler Grant is awarded to householders who receive certain means-tested State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances to help them replace old and broken central heating boilers. The money comes from an annual levy placed on every UK householder’s electricity bill.
If your boiler grant is sufficient to cover the full cost of your boiler installation you will receive a FREE BOILER, if not you may be asked to contribute to the cost. Either way, you will NEVER have to pay back your boiler grant.

What Happens Next?

Once you have completed the Boiler Grant Application Form we will call you back to discuss your application. We should be able to immediately tell you whether you qualify for a boiler grant or not.
If you qualify, we will arrange a free survey of your heating system and officially apply for a boiler grant on your behalf.
Once your application for ECO funding to replace your boiler has been approved, a date will be arranged for the installation.

We work closely with a national network of ECO Approved boiler installation companies who have been awarded Affordable Warmth Scheme Boiler Grant funding.

What is the BOILER GRANT Scheme?

The Government is committed to reducing greenhouse gases in an attempt to slow down the effects of climate change and it is also committed to tackling fuel poverty. In an effort to deal with both of these problems the Government is offering a boiler grant to qualifying households so that they can have an energy-efficient gas central heating boiler to replace an old boiler.

Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria

To qualify for a boiler grant with the Affordable Warmth Scheme and get a brand new gas central heating boiler installed, you must satisfy all of the following criteria:
1. You live in your own home. At the moment, private tenants, council house tenants, and those in housing association or shared ownership homes are excluded from ECO3 boiler grants to replace broken boilers.
2. You receive certain State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances. These include means-tested benefits, Guaranteed Pension Credit, Child Benefit, DLA, PIP, Carer’s Allowance and some MOD Allowances.
3. Your existing central heating boiler is 7 years or older.
The Government’s Affordable Warmth Scheme will offer a boiler grant to all householders who satisfy the above criteria. Boiler Grants are available for Mains Gas Boilers.

Central Heating Grants (First Time Central Heating Grants)

First Time Central Heating Grants are available for the installation of central heating systems into homes which do not have, and have not previously had a central heating system.

If you have an outdated method of heating your property, you will probably qualify for a government grant.

Quickly see if you qualify by filling in the application form

Qualifying Criteria for First Time Central Heating Grants

1. You must be a home owner, or a tenant in a privately rented home.

Householders who rent their home from a local council or a housing association, and those in shared ownership homes do not qualify for the first time central heating grants scheme.

2. Your home must have either no heating at all or one of the following heating systems:

  • Electric room heaters, including direct acting room heaters, fan heaters or inefficient electric storage heaters
  • Gas room heaters; including fixed mains gas room heaters; or
  • Gas fire with back boiler; or
  • Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler
  • Electric underfloor or ceiling heating (not part of an electric boiler); or
  • Bottled LPG room heating; or
  • Solid fossil fuel room heaters; or
  • Wood/biomass room heating; or
  • Oil room heaters

The relevant heating system used to assess your eligibility for First Time Central Heating Grants is that which appears as the ‘Main Heating’ system on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your home.

3. You must receive at least one of the Qualifying Benefits, or qualify under ECO Flex Rules

To qualify for First Time Central Heating Grants, either you or someone living permanently with you, must receive at least one of the following State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances unless you qualify under ECO Flex Rules:
• Guaranteed Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit
• Working Tax Credit
• Universal Credit
• Income Support
• Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
• Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
• Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
• Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
• Attendance Allowance
• Carer’s Allowance
• Severe Disablement Allowance
• Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
• Child Benefit (subject to maximum household income thresholds)
• War Pensions Mobility Allowance
• Constant Attendance Allowance
• Armed Forces Independence Payment
ECO Flex Rules allow local councils to recommend that a householder qualifies for a grant even if they don’t receive one of the qualifying benefits.

4. Your home must be well insulated

To qualify for First Time Central Heating Grants your home must have adequate loft insulation installed and if it has cavity walls, it must have cavity wall insulation installed.
If it does not have either of these installed at the time of your application, this can be arranged for you at the point of survey. 

First Time Central Heating Grants fund the installation of the following central heating systems:
First time central heating grants provide funding to install the following types of central heating boiler plus radiators, pipework and heating control systems.
1. Mains Gas Boiler
2. Biomass Boiler
3. LPG Boiler
4. Air Source Heat Pump
5. Ground Source Heat Pump
6. Electric Boiler

First Time Central Heating Grants FAQs

Who can apply for first time central heating grants?

First Time Central Heating Grants are available to both home owners and tenants in privately rented homes.
Tenants in council owned homes, in housing association homes and householders living in shared ownership homes do not qualify for First Time Central Heating Grants.

Who can apply for first time central heating grants?

First Time Central Heating Grants are available to both home owners and tenants in privately rented homes.
Tenants in council owned homes, in housing association homes and householders living in shared ownership homes do not qualify for First Time Central Heating Grants.

Will I have to contribute to the cost of the central heating installation?

In most cases, First Time Central Heating Grants will cover the full cost of installing central heating in your home.
However, householders in some homes may have to make a contribution. You will not know this until a free survey of your home and existing heating system has been carried out.

I don't receive any of the qualifying benefits can I still apply?

In some cases, yes.
If you do not receive any of the qualifying benefits you may qualify for first time central heating grants under ECO Flex Rules.
Local councils can recommend that you receive a central heating grant if you satisfy their rules regarding fuel poverty. An example would be where you have to spend more than 10% of your income to heat your home.

I don't receive any of the qualifying benefits but someone in my home does, can I still apply?

Generally yes.
If someone who is permanently resident in your home receives one of the qualifying benefits we can still help. The First Time Central Heating Grants application will have to be in their name and you will need to prove that they live with you on a permanent basis.
Also, your address must be registered as their address with the Department of Work and Pensions so that their benefit letters have your address on them.

What if I don't have a gas supply to my home?

First Time Central Heating Grants do not cover the cost of installing a gas supply to your home but other grants may be available to cover the cost of this.
If a gas supply cannot be connected to your home, first time central heating grants will fund one of the following:
1. Biomass Boiler
2. LPG Boiler
3. Air Source Heat Pump
4. Ground Source Heat Pump
5. Electric Boiler

How do I apply for a first time central heating grant?

Householders wishing to apply for First Time Central Heating Grants should first of all complete the form on this website page.
We will call you back to let you know whether you qualify for first time central heating grants based on the information you provide.
We will then arrange a survey of your home and its existing heating system and the surveyor will complete the official grant application form on your behalf. Also, with your permission, an electronic check will be made with information from the Department for Work and Pensions that you receive one of the qualifying state benefits, tax credits or other allowances.
Your grant application is submitted to the ECO Scheme and if approved, money is allocated from the ECO Fund.

What does a first time central heating grant cover?

First Time Central Heating Grants cover the cost of supplying and installing a central heating boiler together with radiators, the necessary pipework and heating control systems.
If any plaster work is damaged during the installation this will be repaired but the grant does not cover redecoration.

How long will the process take?

Once you apply for a grant with us we will call you back to let you know whether you qualify and to answer any questions you may have about the scheme.
With your permission an electronic check will be carried out with the DWP to confirm that you qualify, this can take a few days to get the result back.
Once it has been confirmed that you qualify, a survey of your home and existing heating arrangements will be carried out. This normally takes place within a week or so of receiving DWP confirmation.
The installer will then book your central heating installation at a convenient time. Actual installation will take a few days.

What if central heating has been fitted in my home but has been removed?

First Time Central Heating Grants are their purely to help pay for the installation of central heating systems in homes which ‘do not have and have not previously had a central heating system’.

What if I am not sure whether central heating has been fitted in my home before but removed?

To qualify for First Time Central Heating Grants home owners need to sign a declaration confirming the following:
“I, the owner of the premises, declare that to the best of my knowledge, at no point prior to the installation of the first time central heating, first time district heating system or first time renewable heating system, did the premises have a central heating system, district heating system, or renewable heating system nor, immediately prior to the installation, did the premises did have a working, efficient electric storage heater(s).”

Do I have to insulate my home before central heating can be installed?

To qualify for First Time Central Heating Grants, cavity wall insulation and roof insulation / loft insulation must be installed in your home unless it is already present prior to the installation of the central heating system.
This is to ensure that you benefit fully from the central heating system without unnecessary heat loss through the walls and roof of your home.

Where does the money come from for first time central heating grants?

First Time Central Heating Grants are provided through the Affordable Warmth Scheme part of the Government’s ECO Scheme.
A levy of around £30 is placed on every household’s electricity bill. This money is collected by your energy supplier and fed into an ECO fund.
Householders who qualify for first time central heating grants are allocated funding from the ECO fund based on the results of the free home survey. The grant funding is paid directly to the ECO authorised installation company after your central heating installation is completed

How long will first time central heating grants be available?

First Time Central Heating Grants from the Government’s ECO Scheme should be available until March 2022.
This is when the current version of the ECO Scheme, ECO3, is scheduled to end. However, since the ECO Scheme was first introduced in 2013 there have been many changes, some of which were introduced with very little notice.
Householders who think that they may qualify for First Time Central Heating Grants should apply immediately, whilst funding is available.
On a positive note, the Government has indicated that funding for the installation of heating systems and insulation will be supported in some form until at least 2028. This is part of the Government’s plan to help reduce carbon emissions from homes whilst helping low income households to heat their homes adequately.

cavity wall and loft insulation grants

Insulation Grants are available from the Government’s ECO Scheme

Do YOU Qualify for a Wall, Roof or Floor Insulation Grant?

If your home is cold and poorly insulated you may qualify for a Government Grant to have insulation installed.

Also, if you Qualify for Any One of the Insulation Grants You May Qualify for an ECO Grant to Replace a Broken Gas Boiler under the Dual Measure Grant Scheme.

Loft Insulation Grants

ECO Scheme and Insulation Grants

Free loft insulation is funded by the Government’s Energy Companies Obligation or ECO, and applications may be subject to technical surveys and other eligibility criteria.

ECO funding covers the cost of the survey, the loft insulation material and installation.  If you currently have no loft insulation at all, or less than 100 mm thickness of loft insulation, you may be entitled to free loft insulation.

Also, sometimes work needs to be carried out which the funding does not cover. You will be offered the chance to meet these extra costs yourself but if you choose not to, you will not benefit from free loft insulation.

More information about Loft Insulation

Because heat rises it is no surprise that up to 25% of the heat created can be lost through the roof of your home. Insulating your roof is quick, easy and a relatively inexpensive way to reduce your energy usage. And because most types of loft insulation material will last for at least forty years, it should pay for itself many times over.

Recommended thicknesses for loft insulation are 270 millimetres for glass wool, 250 millimetres for rock wool and 220 millimetres for cellulose but the vast majority of properties that have had loft insulation already installed will normally only have approximately 100 mm fitted.
Based on a three bedroom semi-detached property annual savings on your heating bills should be around £180 per year if you have no loft insulation at all and around £25 per year if you there is 100 mm of loft insulation installed.
Insulation Grants from the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

Under Floor insulation grants

If your home has suspended wooden floors (rather than concrete floors) you may qualify for a grant to install insulation below them.

If you qualify for an under floor insulation grant, you may also qualify for a grant to replace your old inefficient gas mains central heating boiler. This is part of the new Dual Measures ECO Grant Scheme.
Insulating underneath the floor boards of your home is less disruptive than you may think. Often, only one access point is required and this will be repaired by the installer, even if you have laminated flooring.

underfloor insulation

The ground floor of your home MUST have suspended wooden floors. The easiest way to check is to turn back the carpet in a corner of a GROUND FLOOR room to see whether the floor is concrete or wood. It could be wooden floor boards or wooden sheets.

Another way of checking, is by looking at the external brickwork of your home. If you have air bricks below the damp proof membrane at ground level, your home will have suspended wooden floors. This is because the air bricks allow ventilation below your ground floor, something not possible with concrete floors.

Room in Roof Insulation Grants

Room in Roof Insulation Grants, or Attic Room Insulation Grants are available form the ECO Scheme. If you have an uninsulated but usable loft room with a permanent staircase up to it you may qualify for a grant to install insulation.
Rigid insulation boards will be fitted between the rafters on the vertical walls and the sloping roof. Plasterboard is then installed over this ready for you to decorate.

You can turn a cold attic room into a usable additional space by applying for a Room in Roof Insulation Grant.
If you have have an attic room or a loft conversion which has no insulation, up to 25% of the heat you generate could be lost through the roof.

To qualify for room in roof insulation, you must receive one of the qualifying State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances.

Cavity Wall Insulation Grants

ECO Scheme and Insulation Grants
Free cavity wall insulation is funded by the Government’s Energy Companies Obligation or ECO, and applications may be subject to technical surveys and other eligibility criteria. ECO funding covers the cost of the survey, the insulation material and installation.

Also, sometimes work needs to be carried out which the funding does not cover. You will be offered the chance to meet these extra costs yourself but if you choose not to, you will not benefit from free cavity wall insulation.

underfloor insulation

More information about Cavity Wall Insulation

Most homes in the United Kingdom have external walls with a cavity between two layers of brick work. Cavity wall insulation is used to fill that gap, which helps to keep in the warmth, which in turn saves energy and reduces your heating bills.
Cavity wall insulation can also help to reduce condensation inside your home if this is a problem on your external walls. In general terms, the need for cavity wall insulation will probably apply to your home if:

  • The property was built between 1924 and 1982 
  • The external walls have a cavity at least 40 mm and it is not insulated
  • The brick work is in good condition
  • The walls are not exposed to driving rain

An installer can carry out a boroscope inspection to ascertain whether your home already has cavity wall insulation installed and this involves drilling a small hole in the external wall to check if the cavity is filled or not.

Insulation Grants from the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

Central Heating Grants For Landlords

Central Heating Grants for Landlords from the Government’s ECO Scheme

Central Heating Grants for Landlords of privately rented homes are available for the installation of central heating systems into homes which do not have, and have not previously had a central heating system.

To qualify for the central heating grants for landlords scheme, the new central heating system to be installed must include a central heating boiler connected to radiators which heat the home.

 Central Heating Grants for Landlords Qualifying Criteria requires that the new central heating system is installed in domestic premises which do not currently and has never had a central heating system fitted before.

 There are two ways in which your tenant will qualify for the Central Heating Grants for Landlords scheme. Either they receive one of the qualifying State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances OR they qualify under ECO Flex Rules, please see below.

Central Heating Grants for Landlords Qualifying Criteria

1.To qualify for the Central Heating Grants For Landlords scheme the tenant must rent the property from a private landlord. The tenant is the applicant, not the landlord.

Also, it is preferable that the rental property has a gas supply, otherwise additional costs not covered by the grant may apply.

This part of the ECO Scheme DOES NOT provide central heating grants for homes owned by the local authority or by housing associations, or for shared ownership homes.

2. The property MUST NEVER have had a central heating systems fitted before. If it has had a central heating system which has been removed, IT WILL NOT QUALIFY.

To qualify for the Central Heating Grants For Landlords scheme, your rental property must have either no heating at all or one of the following:
1. Electric room heaters
2. Electric storage heaters
3. Gas room heaters
4. Gas fire with back boiler but no radiators
5. Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler but no radiators
6. Electric underfloor but no electric boiler
7. Bottled LPG room heating
8. Solid fossil fuel room heaters
9. Wood or biomass room heating
10. Oil room heaters

The relevant heating system used to assess your eligibility for the Central Heating Grants for Landlords scheme is that which appears as the ‘Main Heating’ system on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your home.

3. Your tenant must receive one of the qualifying benefits, tax credits or other allowances OR qualify under ECO Flex Rules

Qualifying benefits include:

• Guaranteed Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit
• Working Tax Credit
• Universal Credit
• Income Support
• Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
• Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
• Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
• Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
• Attendance Allowance
• Carer’s Allowance
• Severe Disablement Allowance
• Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
• Child Benefit (subject to maximum household income thresholds)
• War Pensions Mobility Allowance
• Constant Attendance Allowance
• Armed Forces Independence Payment
ECO Flex Rules are set by local authorities for homes situated within their boundaries. The ECO Flex central heating grants for landlords scheme allows householders who do not receive one of the benefits above, to qualify because they are on a low income and struggle heat their home properly.

4. The walls and roof of your rental property must be well insulated before a new central heating systems can be installed.

The installation company may be able to help with cavity wall insulation or loft insulation but if the can’t, it is your responsibility as owner of the property.

Please note that the central heating grants for landlords scheme may not pay for the full cost of installing a new central heating system.

The calculation of the amount offered for central heating grants for landlords is based on the characteristics of the rental property. Higher grants are normally offered for larger properties, those with more than 3 bedrooms, solid wall properties and those with more external walls, ie. end terraced, semi-detached and detached.

Electric Storage Heater Upgrade Grants

Electric Storage Heater Upgrade Grants

Upgrade your old electric heaters to Brand New Energy Efficient High Retention Storage Heaters
Your new heaters will:

  • Save you money on your heating bills
  • Automatically adjusts charging to suit the climate and demands on a daily basis.
  • Manage the discharge to ensure heat is always available when needed.
  • Warm up your rooms faster with built in assisted fan.
  • Reduces energy costs and saves energy for times when it is specifically needed.

 Apply now while grant is available.

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