Grants available for all new boilers
Free grants are available to help low-income homeowners like those receiving child benefits with their energy bills and the expenditure of replacing ineffective and broken heating systems. The grants are provided via the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.
While it depends on your specific situation, the free grants can potentially cover the entire expense of all work required and are not repayable. In line with ECO advisories, major energy suppliers like Npower and British Gas will instead cover the costs to facilitate improvements to energy efficiency and fight fuel poverty here in the UK
Homeowners may be asked to contribute to the cost of the work, but this depends on the type of property and the energy efficiency of its dedicated heating system.
How do these grants for householders receiving child benefits work?
Homeowners who meet the specific criteria can fill in an online application and then receive a free no-obligation quote for their heating system upgrade. After this survey, an all-new boiler will be fitted by an ECO approved installer. When the new system has been fitted, the homeowner can claim back the complete costs using the free ECO boiler central heating grant.
What type of boiler can qualify for a free ECO central heating grant?
Along with the applicant, the home’s boiler must also qualify to benefit from the ECO scheme’s free central heating grants.
For a boiler to be entitled to a replacement, it must be operating at least 86 per cent less than its full capacity. This low efficiency sees boilers usually rate between C and G on a scale where an A rating is the most efficient and is common in heating systems over five years old. Boilers that are broken or have faulty parts are also eligible for grants.
How can households in receipt of child benefit qualify for a free central heating grant?
As well as being the homeowner of the property, you must be receiving a qualifying benefit. If you currently receive child-related benefits, you may qualify, but only if your total household’s income after being taxed is less than the amounts shown below. These limitations depend on whether you are claiming as part of a couple or as someone who is single and the number of children you have.
A single person with a single child – below £18,500
A single person with two children – below £23,000
A single person with three children – below £27,500
A single person with four children or more – below £32,000
A couple with one child – below £25,500
A couple with two children – below £30,000
A couple with three children – below £34,500
A couple with four children or more – below£39,000