The government are making biomass boiler grant available to households across the UK. The UK government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) offers upfront capital grants of up to £5,000 for the installation of a biomass boiler. Just fill out our quick application form online to see if you qualify!
Biomass boiler grant
Qualify for a biomass boiler grant In 3 Simple Steps…
Sound too easy? We promise it really is.
Fill out our online application form for a biomass boiler grant and go through a simple evaluation to see if you qualify for any government funding. Our internal grants team will then evaluate your application.
Following your successful application, we will arrange a free, no obligation survey to ensure the maximum grant is obtained and advise you on the best products to reduce your energy bills.
The installation of your chosen products will be carried out by our experienced and local engineers at a time that suits you.
What is a Biomass Boiler?
A biomass boiler is a heating system that uses natural, non-fossil fuel resources to generate heat. This renewable heating system is available in a few variations, with capabilities and prices varying between each type. The main types frequently used are wood pellet boilers, wood chip boilers, and wood log boilers. These boilers are an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to standard gas or oil boilers used in homes.
Biomass boilers work in a very similar way to conventional boilers, combusting fuel to produce heat that is then used to heat water. Instead of using gas or oil to produce the heat, they combust sustainably sourced wood pellets. Using wood in place of fossil fuels helps to prevent long-term climate change, since the carbon dioxide released during the combustion was actually absorbed while the tree was growing, making them essentially carbon neutral.
Why biomass boilers are part of ECO4?
The ECO4 Scheme was introduced by the government in April 2022 and will run until 31 March 2026. The scheme is part of the government’s commitment to making all housing stock more energy efficient by 2035. The installation of green heating systems, such as air-source heat pumps and biomass boilers, is also covered by the ECO4 scheme. These state-of-the-art heating systems can be used to replace outdated, inefficient boilers and can provide households with up to a 25% reduction in their energy bills.
However, only a select few households will be able to benefit from a biomass boiler through the ECO4 Scheme, meaning more homes will benefit from improved insulation or an air-source heat pump. The ECO4 Scheme eligibility for property is dependent on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. An EPC is required by the Government whenever a property is built, sold, or rented. The EPC contains information about your home’s energy use and typical energy costs, as well as containing some recommendations for reducing energy use to save money. The ECO4 Scheme Eligibility for properties is EPC grade E, F, or G.
Is a biomass boiler suitable for all property types?
The suitability of biomass systems for each property depends on individual factors. Given the high space requirement compared with conventional fossil fuel boilers, small urban and suburban properties (especially flats) are highly unlikely to be able to accommodate a larger biomass boiler, hopper, and buffer vessel. However, for homes and businesses with the requisite space, biomass boilers are likely to be suitable and can provide substantial financial savings, as well as a significantly lower carbon footprint.
Biomass boilers are also a particularly attractive option for properties with no mains gas supply. Large biomass systems are also a viable option for community and communal housing renewable energy projects, and may be eligible for grants or subsidies from the UK government or from the European Union.
When installing a biomass boiler, two critical factors to consider are the size of the fuel store and the delivery options. Both wood pellets and log boilers require a hot water cylinder, which should be factored into the installation plan.
Who is eligible for a free biomass boiler grant?
To be eligible for a free biomass boiler grant in the UK, the following criteria typically apply:
Property Ownership: You must own the property where the biomass boiler will be installed, including if it’s a business, a second home, or a property you rent out to tenants.
Boiler Replacement: The property must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation. The installation of the new heating system must be on or after 1 April 2022, and it should be replacing fossil fuel heating systems such as oil, gas, or electric.
Location and Emissions: The property must be off the gas grid and in a rural location. The biomass boiler must have an emissions certificate showing that polluting emissions are kept to a minimum.
Income Criteria: Eligibility may be extended to households receiving specific government benefits, such as Pension Credit, Universal Credit, or income support.
New Build Properties: New build properties are generally not eligible for biomass boiler grants, unless you are building your own home.