How to get a free boiler grant?
There are free ECO Grants available to help increase your home's energy efficiency or pay your energy bills – hundreds of millions of pounds of it. The key is knowing where to look.
Lots of UK new boiler grants go unclaimed. Many – but not all – are for the retired on pension credits, unemployed or those on lower incomes. New Boiler Grant can help you to check if you qualify under the Free boiler scheme 2023 and, if yes, put you in touch with your local installer.
What is a new boiler grant?
A new boiler grant covers the cost of replacement of your boiler. If you do not qualify for a Gas boiler replacement you may qualify for an Air Source Heat Pump plus Solar Panels Grant instead.
From the 1st April 2022 you will nearly always need to make sure your Cavity Wall Insulation or Loft Insulation is to the latest ECO4 standards.If not, as a part of your grant, you will have to have your home insulated for free as well.
What is the government grant for boilers?
The boiler grant is part of the government ECO4 scheme. Introduced in 2013, the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme helps homeowners on certain benefits to replace their old, inefficient and/or faulty boiler completely free of charge.
ECO4 brings a range of changes to the Government Boiler Grant scheme that we’ve been used to over the past 4 years during ECO4. The main change is a focus on improving energy efficiency of a property rather than reduction of fuel bills. It introduces the Whole House Approach. This means that ECO qualified installers will have to complete as many measures in a property as possible to increase its energy rating to as highest possible standard.
Some of the energy providers involved with the ECO scheme include: British Gas, EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, Ovo, Scottish Power and SSE.
The current ECO4 scheme has been set to run from 1 April 2022 until 31 March 2026.
How much can I save with free ECO4 grants?
Free boiler grants are available to those receiving certain benefits, from new boilers to insulation. It's because of efficiency obligations to people in certain groups.
The cost of a new boiler varies, but a typical gas boiler replacement costs around £2,300, so this is a fantastic freebie.
Boilers are one of the biggest contributors to your energy bills – the more efficient your boiler, the more heat it produces from each gas unit. Depending on its age, a new efficient one could save you between £100 and £320 a year.
It is quite possible that you also qualify for home insulation grant. Cavity wall insulation grant can save between £70 and £225 off energy bills every year. If your loft isn't insulated and you get it fitted with 270mm of new insulation, this'll save another £120-£225 a year.
If your property is heated by electricity, oil, LPG or fossil fuel then you most likely qualify for Air Source Heat Pump plus Solar Panels Grant. The cost of such system will be in tens of thousands pounds, and the reduction of energy bills will be dramatic, as you can imagine.
Who qualifies for the ECO4 scheme?
Government funding for the ECO4 scheme is limited, so the eligibility criteria for the grant is strict. You must be a home owner living in your own home. Please review this New Boiler Grant website to find out if you qualify and then click apply to make an application.
Simply go through our questionnaire and answer all questions as clear as possible. You will need to provide a proof of benefits you are in receipt of.
If you do not qualify for the ECO4 boiler replacement because your property is heated by electricity, oil, LPG or fossil fuel, then condensing or non-condensing boilers, can be replaced with an Air Source Heat Pump, regardless of the boilers age, for free.
How does the Government Free Boiler scheme 2023 work?
If eligible, your contact details will be passed on to an approved, local installer. They will usually contact you within 24 - 48 hours, to arrange a suitable time for a visit.
The Gas Safe, boiler installer will visit your home, to carry out an energy assessment of your home and check your benefit paperwork. He will confirm if the boiler replacement grant is available to you.
If you qualify, you can arrange an installation date there and then.
Note: Private Rented Sector properties are qualifying again for certain grants under ECO4, but only if their EPC rating is E, F, or G. Such properties must always receive one of the following mandatory installations: Internal Wall Insulation, First Time Central Heating, and Renewable Heating.
Enjoy the benefits of a warm home and save up to £350 each year on your energy bills!
What are the benefits of the ECO4 scheme?
Those who are eligible could benefit from:
• A free new A-rated condensing boiler
• Free insulation
• Savings of up to £350 each year on your energy bills
• Increased property value
Is there a catch?
No Catch! However, you should bear in mind that to qualify
•Your old gas boiler should be non-condensing
• Only owner occupied properties will qualify for a boiler grant
• Your boiler might need a repair, not a replacement
• If your property is heated by oil, LPG, electricity or fossil fuel, then you most likely qualify for an Air Sourse Heat Pump plus Solar Panels Grant
What if I don’t qualify for free boiler grants 2023 ?
If you don’t qualify for a free boiler, and are considering a replacement boiler, you may:
• buy a boiler and pay for the installation upfront or take out a boiler finance plan
• claim the £5,000 voucher from the Boiler Upgrade Scheme to change their mains gas boiler to ASHP
Can I change my mind?
Yes, you are free to change your mind as long as you have not proceeded with the boiler installation company.