A large percentage of homes in the UK have a central heating boiler. However, there are many people who do not know when they should replace their boiler, how a replacement can lead to better efficiency and that you can get a replacement via the Boiler Replacement grant.
These grants can help property owners overcome the upfront cost of low carbon heating technologies. This article will go over what you need to do to qualify, how it works, and what you can expect if you are approved for a Boiler Replacement grant.
About the Boiler Replacement Grant
The Boiler Replacement Grant, also called the Eco Boiler Scheme, was launched in early 2013 in an effort to reduce the UK’s energy consumption and give grants to low-income households to help improve their home’s energy efficiency.
What the Grant Offers
When you qualify (eligibility guidelines below) for a boiler replacement grant, you could be eligible to receive around 60-70% of the cost of the boiler replacement covered by the government.
Only one grant per property is allowed.
The Affordable Warmth Obligation, which started in April 2022, states that energy suppliers must install replacement boilers for households that meet eligibility criteria and cannot afford a new boiler. While many people will receive a free boiler grant, most applicants will likely receive a grant that pays for part of the cost of replacing a non-condensing or condensing boiler, as well as making other energy-saving improvements such as insulation.
Eligibility for a free/partially funded boiler grant depends on several factors. First, you must be a permanent resident within the property and must be receiving one of the following benefits:
- Child Benefit
- Guaranteed Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credits
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credits
- Universal Credit
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Disability Allowance
- Personal Independent Payment Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- War Pensions Mobility Supplement
Eligibility for this grant requires you to live in a privately owned or rented property. However, if the social housing property has an energy rating of E, F, or G., individuals living there are also eligible in some circumstances.
Grants are not available for:
- Some social housing
- New build properties (except certain self-builds)
- Properties that have already had government funding or support for a heat pump or biomass boiler
Grants are only available for gas boiler replacements. Your installer will advise which heating system is suitable for your property and help you understand the different options.
It is essential that your new appliance is in perfect shape and installed properly. It must:
- Be capable of meeting the full space heating and hot water requirements set by your property’s specifications
- Replace an existing fossil fuel heating system, such as gas, electric, or oil
- Meet certain technical standards, such as minimum efficiency requirements and must be boiler plus complaint (your installer can advise you on these)
Senior Citizens and Boiler Replacement
If you are a senior (60 or over) and receive a Pension Credit, you may also be eligible to receive a free replacement boiler. Pensioners who receive a standard state pension don’t qualify for a free boiler grant, but if you’re a senior and claim Pension Credit, you may be eligible for assistance under the boiler grant scheme.
Find Out if You Qualify for a Boiler Replacement Today!
Homeowners can have their old inefficient boiler replaced with a non-repayable government grant, and we can help!
Simply Eco Ltd was established to assist people in fuel poverty to gain access to Carbon Saving and Energy Efficiency Measures. We strive to provide the best customer service in our field, and our excellent customer service record, customer reviews and testimonials reinforces that. Our key services include boiler replacements, under-floor insulation and loft insulation installs.
Call us for more information or use our online form. We will get back to you about our services and begin the process for your boiler replacement and central heating grant.