The UK government’s ECO scheme could provide you with a boiler grant but the current scheme only runs until 2017 so make sure you don’t miss out!
As part of the UK government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO), if you receive a qualifying benefit and your boiler is 10+ years old, you may be entitled to grant funding towards a brand new A-rated boiler.
The free boiler grants are funded by UK energy companies and don’t need to be repaid. Click here now to see if you qualify.
Free boiler scheme – what is it?
The free boiler scheme was launched in January 2013 with an aim to reduce the UK’s energy consumption and provide grants to low-income households in order to help them improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
The scheme is part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Electricity and Gas Order, which was passed in parliament in 2012 and will run until 2017. It has a total budget of £1.3 billion every year and is primarily funded by the largest UK utility companies.
ECO is made up of 3 obligations, Affordable Warmth, Carbon Saving Community Obligation and the Carbon Saving Obligation. Funding for the free boiler scheme is part of the Affordable Warmth group.
Affordable Warmth Obligation (HHCRO)
Also known as the Home Heat Cost Reduction Obligation, this obligation provides free boiler and insulation grants to private homeowners and tenants who receive certain means-tested benefits. It aims to reduce fuel poverty amongst low-income households by ensuring that heat is generated as efficiently as possible and is prevented from escaping from the home.
Eligibility for a free boiler grant will depend on several factors. Firstly, a permanent resident within the property needs to be in receipt of a means-tested benefit, such as:
- Child tax credit
- Working tax credit
- Pension credit
- Job seekers allowance
- Universal credit
- Employment and support allowance
Additional qualifying criteria
There are additional criteria for each of the above; the most important of which is that the total household income amongst all working-age residents must not exceed £16,010. This figure was decided by the government as being low enough to qualify for funding assistance.
Secondly, the property must of a size to generate sufficient savings from installing such measures. Unfortunately, the resulting carbon savings generated from upgrading a boiler within a flat are not deemed significant enough to justify the funding required to cover such work.
Lastly, there must be an existing low-efficiency boiler within the property. All boilers are rated by their energy efficiency. Most modern units will work at around 90% efficiency (only losing 10% output when converting fuel to heat). A boiler installed around 10 years ago will most likely be around 65-80% efficient. So, by upgrading this old boiler to a new one, the carbon savings will be significant enough to warrant the cost and therefore will qualify under the free boiler scheme.
As part of the 2013 Autumn Statement, funding for the free boiler scheme was cut as part of an agreement that utility companies reduce their customer’s fuel bills by £50. This has made it harder to find installers with funding available, particularly as most of the big 6 utility companies have already met their targets for 2014/15. In 2016, we expect this trend to continue, however, it is still possible to receive a free boiler grant and we can help you find approved installers in your area to arrange a survey.
Source: Boiler Grants
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