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Introduction To Boiler Grants
In accordance with the Government’s boiler grant scheme, the UK’s ‘Big Six’ energy companies are giving away free replacement boilers to qualifying homeowners and private tenants.
You may not know this but the UK’s ‘Big Six’ energy companies are giving away free replacement boiler grants to qualifying homeowners, landlords and private tenants. This grant scheme is being overlooked and co-ordinated by the government to ensure fairness and clarity is given to successful applicants. The government is also involved in the free boiler scheme as a way to ensure that fuel poverty across the UK is tackled head on. A free boiler scheme like this also ensures that houses are more energy efficient by upgrading to a boiler and central heating system, reducing overall carbon emissions from UK households.
Within this article we will go through the entire process, qualifying factors and the advantages of taking part in this free boiler scheme.
We will explain everything you need to know about applying and qualifying for a free boiler grant under the ECO scheme.
What Is The ECO Scheme?
“The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a Government energy efficiency scheme set up to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.The scheme was launched in April 2013 and over time it has been amended once certain obligations were hit. The scheme aims to help low income and vulnerable households with a free grant so that they can afford new energy saving measures. These grants are completely free and not repaid under any circumstances.”
Taking into account the fact that the average cost of replacing an broken or inefficient gas boiler is around £2,500, it is definitely worth looking at the possibility of applying for the free boiler grant. Under the ECO scheme some households may also be entitled to a range of grants to further reduce their heating bills. These may include heating controls, such as Nest.
The free boiler scheme is the next part of the government’s challenge to combat global climate change and reduce the UK’s carbon footprint.
As mentioned above the ECO scheme started in April 2013 and was actually due to end in March 2015. It was then extended further after this point and was labelled ECO2. Once the ECO2 phase came to an end in 2018 the scheme was then extended and labelled ECO3. The current ECO3 boiler grant scheme reduces some of its previous promises but includes the Affordable Warmth Obligation scheme; this gives the scheme the opportunity to target low income households and is the main purpose of this scheme, to reduce fuel poverty and help vulnerable families lower their gas bills. The ECO3 is designed to last until March 2022 but this could be extended. If it is extended we will update this article to reflect the extension. The £6bn scheme is aiming to help more than one million homeowners across the UK overcome fuel poverty.
Under the ECO3 scheme the grant funding is limited to gas boilers only. We stock a range of high quality boiler manufacturers, click here to view our range of boilers.
Older boilers have been found to significantly contribute to household heating expenses. You can save anywhere from £10 to £30 a month by taking advantage of the government backed free boiler grant scheme and installing an energy efficient boiler.
What are the Energy Companies Obligations (ECO)?
Developed countries governments around the world have made the reduction in carbon emissions a top priority. In an attempt by the UK government to meet these reductions they set target for energy companies to meet. The governments ECO scheme has been designed to ensure energy companies are obliged to provide UK homeowners with solutions to use less energy and become more energy efficient.
How Does The Free Boiler Scheme Work?
The main targets set by the governments free boiler grant scheme is to reduce the country’s carbon footprint and tackle fuel poverty. In order to reach these targets energy suppliers in the UK have been asked to help lower overall fuel consumption across the UK and reduce the household energy bills. The way in which the government expects this to be tackled is by ensuring the energy companies pay for A-rated boilers and for these boilers to be installed in qualifying households.
The next part of the plan in tackling this ever concerning issue is to encourage UK homeowners to install energy efficient gas boilers. As mentioned earlier, under the Affordable Warmth Obligation, energy suppliers have come together to agree to install replacement boilers under a grant scheme for households that cannot afford to purchase a new gas boiler. It is anticipated that close to 250,000 households will qualify for a full government backed boiler grant.
Although, the UK government does aim to support over one million homeowners in total. There will be thousands of households that will be classed as ‘vulnerable’ and therefore may also be entitled to heavily reduced subsidies. Any contribution that a homeowner must pay will be small.
Any household that is eligible for a free boiler grant will have no obligation to pay back, no instalments to pay and no need to take on debt to access this scheme. As an added benefit there are no complicated terms and conditions to be met other than the basic qualifying criteria during the application process.
Households that quality for a boiler grant will be entitled to install a new gas boiler and central heating system together with heating controls where necessary. An energy assessment will also be carried out by Warma UK absolutely free of charge.
The amount of grant funding you receive will depend on your income, any benefits you receive, the energy efficiency of your home and the age of your existing boiler.
Who Qualifies for a Replacement Boiler Grant?
Applicants under the boiler replacement scheme must satisfy the following criteria:
- Own your home
- Private tenants must have permission from the landlord
- Receive a combination of government benefits (see below)
- The existing boiler must be more than 5-years old
- Your property must have a gas supply
Applicants must receive a combination of the following Government benefits.
- Child tax credits
- Working tax credits
- Income-related ESA
- Income-related JSA
- Income support
- Universal tax credits
- Pension credits
Please note that if you are an applicant in receipt of pension credits and child tax credits where your annual household incomes is less than £16,010, you automatically qualify for a replacement boiler grant under the Affordable Warmth Scheme.
If you receive any of the benefits in the left-hand column you must also receive at least ONE from the right-hand column:
|• Disability Living Allowance
• Pension Premium
• Employment Support
• Child under 16
• Child under 20 (not in higher education)
|Working Tax Credits (household income below £16,010)||• Over 60 years old
• Disabled worker allowance
• Severe disability benefit
• Child under 16
• Child under 20 (not in higher education)
|Universal Credit (Monthly take-home pay of £1250 or less within the last 12-months||• Child under 16
• Child under 20 (not in higher education)
• Disability Living Allowance
• Personal Independent Payment
• Limited capability for work
Due to the way in which funding restrictions work in relation to the Affordable Warmth Scheme there are cases in which some households will be asked to contribute towards the cost of installing a new gas boiler.
If you are an applicant in receipt of child tax credits, working tax credits and universal credits you will be assessed based on your household income thresholds. The thresholds are calculated in relation to the number of bedrooms in the property and the number of adults & children living in your home.
The ECO scheme also dictates whether homeowners should have a new gas boiler installed if the current boiler in the property is broken or more than five years old. If the boiler is less than five years old then the free replacement scheme will assume that it will be more cost effective to repair the boiler than to replace it entirely.
Do Landlords Qualify For A Boiler Grant?
In some cases yes, landlords may be able to use the free boiler grant scheme if they have their property occupied by tenants who meet the grants scheme criteria. As the landlord is the individual in possession of the property it would be a free home improvement. While this may seem an attractive scheme for landlords to take advantage of, it is worth noting that this is not the objective of the scheme; the scheme is designed to help low income households keep warm. If landlords can see a genuine case for using the scheme to benefit their tenants whilst occupying the property then they are, of course, welcome to apply.
Do Pensioners Qualify For A Boiler Grant?
Yes, pensioners can apply for a boiler grant under the government’s ECO scheme. The scheme has been designed to help pensioners upgrade their homes with energy efficient boilers as fuel poverty affects this demographic every winter across the UK.
It must be noted that pensioners in receipt of a standard state pension do not qualify for a free boiler grant. However, if you are over 60 years of age and claim working tax credits, you may still be eligible for assistance under the boiler grant scheme.
When Is The Boiler Grant Scheme Due To End?
The current ECO free boiler grant scheme is due to end in March 2022. However, the government has set a budget and homeowners that do not apply for a new boiler soon may miss out.
What Boilers Do You Install Under The Boiler Grant Scheme?
Here at Warma UK we stock a range of the best known boiler brands that we use to install in your property. The great bonus with the boilers that we install is that each come with some type of warranty whether that be a 1 year warranty or a 10 year parts and labour warranty. This gives you peace of mind that in the rare case that anything does go wrong you are covered for repairs and maintenance. Have a read below of the range of boilers that we stock here at Warma UK.
Ideal Logic C30/C35 Combi Boiler
The Logic C30 combi boiler could provide you with effective and energy-efficient heating and hot-water if you have a home with 3-4 bedrooms, up to 15 radiators and 1-2 bathrooms. Designed to be compact in size, this boiler could potentially fit into a standard kitchen cupboard and its low lift weight could enable a quick and easy installation.
Described by its manufacturers as being built with premium components, you cold rest assured knowing that this boiler was manufactured to meet your central heating needs effectively and efficiently.
With built-in boiler frost protection, your boiler could be safeguarded against facing issues in the winter, whilst its easy-to-see pressure gauge and backlit display could help you monitor and control your heating and hot-water usage. The C30 is also designed to have a reduced level of greenhouse gas emissions, so installing this boiler could prove to be both energy-efficient and eco-friendly.
Worcester 2000 life
Whether you opt for the 25kW model or the Worcester Bosch 2000 30kW unit, you receive the same great features, as well as a great guarantee on the boiler itself and the primary heat exchanger.
Both of the models in the Worcester Bosch 2000 series are combi boilers, meaning that they connect to the mains water supply and heat your water as and when you demand it. This makes them ideal for homes where there is not enough room to house a water tank or cylinder.
Worcester Greenstar 30i
Greenstar i combi boiler is the replacement for the well-established award-winning Greenstar i Junior, which has been installed in over 1 million homes across the UK.
Perfect for small to medium sized homes with one bathroom, the boilers’ new features have been designed based on installer feedback. These boilers now include increased outputs, higher hot water flow rates of up to 12.3 litres/min, a user friendly control panel and a larger condensate siphon that eliminates the risk of condensate freezing*.
Viessmann Vitodens 050
With the Vitodens 050-W, Viessmann now offers an attractively priced wall mounted gas condensing boiler with proven quality. An extensive range of accessories makes the Vitodens 050-W equally suitable for either new build or modernisation.
It is offered with two DHW output ratings (5.9 to 29 and 8 to 35 kW), as a combi boiler with an integral instantaneous water heater. An electronic boiler control unit for thermostatic mode and weather compensated mode is already integrated into the Vitodens 050-W, along with a frost stat.
The Vitodens 050-W features a particularly low level of operating noise and its components are accessible from the front for ease of service and maintenance. With a height of only 707 mm, the Vitodens 050-W is one of the smallest wall mounted boilers in its class.
Its compact dimensions make it ideal as a replacement for outdated boilers in multi storey buildings – including up to five boilers on different floors connected to one vertical flue system.
Viessmann Vitodens 100
With a depth of only 285 mm (340 mm on the 35 kW model) the compact Vitodens 100-W Open vent boiler is perfectly suited for integration into standard kitchen cupboards. It can also be used in a vast number of other applications where there is only limited space available. The Vitodens 100-W has been designed and manufactured with smart homes in mind.
With our optional easy-to-install tado° thermostat and smartphone app, you can optimise your heating environment and save energy costs from the palm of your hand – no matter where you happen to be. (An extension module is also required)
Whilst being specifically designed for open vent heating systems, the Vitodens 100-W Open vent is suitable for sealed systems using an additional expansion vessel safety valve. The boiler also shares the various flue options available for the Combination and System models of the Vitodens 100-W gas condensing boiler range.
The newest addition to our combi boiler range, E-Tec features a brand new stainless steel heat exchanger and is our smallest yet. Being compact allows an easy fit in a standard kitchen cupboard and servicing is made easy with front access.
Available in two outputs, the E-Tec boiler is capable of delivering up to 14.1 litres of water per minute making it the ideal choice for small to medium sized homes. Due to wide waterways within the heat exchanger and a high efficiency Grundfos pump, mains water is warmed up quickly for constant delivery of hot water.
In addition, the E-Tec boiler has an exceptional Class 6 NOx rating, plus is Opentherm compatible, making it an ideal partner for use with the very latest in energy saving controls.
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