Free boiler grant scheme
Non-repayable funding for free boilers is available in England, Scotland and Wales through a Government-led home improvement grant scheme.
ECO grants provide replacement gas boilers and insulation for home owners & private tenants on a low income.
ECO is a UK Government backed program aimed at tackling carbon emissions and reducing energy bills by replacing old & inefficient gas boilers with condensing boilers free of charge..
Do I qualify for a free boiler?
The ECO grant scheme is designed to help low income household who are deemed to live in “fuel poverty.”
To qualify your existing boiler must be over 8 years old and have an energy rating between E and G.
In addition one of the occupants of the household claims any of the following –
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income Support
There are no supplementary requirements for any of the above
Tax Credits and Universal Credits
If you don’t get any of the above but you receive tax credits or Universal Credit you may still qualify for a free boiler or home insulation. The table below outlines the benefit and income threshold for each.
Benefits of replacing an old boiler
A new boiler can cost up to £2000 – £3000 including fitting. Under the ECO grant scheme any installs are normally fitted free of charge.
Furthermore a new condensing boiler can mean substantial monthly savings on energy bills because of its efficient design. This type of boiler preheats water using waste heat so it costs less to heat your water and radiators.
The amount of savings you can make by claiming a Government boiler grant depend on the age and efficiency of your existing boiler & heating system. The figures table below outlines average savings that can be made in a home heated by gas central heating.
|Old boiler rating||Semi detached house||Detached house||Mid terrace house||Mid flat|
|G ( < 70%)||£340||£570||£280||£145|
|These are estimated figures based on installing a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls (TRVs) in a gas-heated home from an older boiler without controls. Savings will vary depending on the size and thermal performance of your home. Energy Savings Trust.|
What if I don’t qualify?
This works the same as any other home improvement loan where there will be a variety of finance options to choose from to suit your budget.
This type of plan is perfect if you can’t afford to pay for a new boiler in one go. The savings you make each month by reducing your heating bills normally covers most of the cost of your new boiler.