**Update June 2022** Low-carbon alternatives to heating your home
With gas prices rising at a dramatic rate and the energy price cap having increased from the 1st April, the government are putting greater emphasis on low-carbon alternatives to heating homes, including renewable technologies such as air source heat pumps. The government has announced that by 2025, all new build homes will be banned from installing gas and oil boilers and will instead be heated by low-carbon alternatives.
According to the Government 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, the aim is to achieve 600,000 heat pump installations by 2028 and incentivise householders to install more environmentally friendly heating systems, rather than fossil fuel hungry boilers.
One way the government are encouraging householders to install an air source heat pump, to help reduce their carbon footprint, is through their recently launched Boiler Upgrade Scheme. Grants of £5000 towards the cost of an air source heat pump installation, are available for eligible homeowners.
For those householders who are looking to have a boiler replacement, who are on low-incomes and in receipt of qualifying benefits, have been able to access funding through the Energy Company Obligation scheme. However, this closes at the end of June and the next phase of ECO, ECO4, is likely to commence in the autumn. We expect this scheme to have a different set of criteria, and there is likely to be less funding for boiler replacements, as householders are encouraged to move to a low-carbon alternative.
You could qualify for a free boiler if:
- You or a member of your household is on a low-income or in receipt of certain means tested benefits
- You are a homeowner
- Your boiler is intermittently working and a minimum of 8 years old.
Let’s take each of the criteria above for qualifying for a free boiler and discuss it in more detail.
What are the qualifying benefits?
If you or a member of your household is in receipt of one of the benefits below, you could qualify for a free boiler:
- Universal Credit
- Tax Credits (Child Tax and Working Tax Credits)
- Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-Related Employment and Supports Allowance
- Income Support
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Attendance Allowance
- Carers Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Armed Forces Independent Payment
Do you have to be a homeowner to qualify for a free boiler?
The funding to replace boilers for qualifying households, is available through the government backed Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. This scheme is designed to lower qualifying householder’s energy bills, cut carbon emissions and help those most in need.
You must be a homeowner to qualify. The funding isn’t available to those in council owned properties or those who privately rent.
Does your boiler have to be broken?
Your existing boiler must be at least 8 years old and beyond economical repair, for you to qualify for a free boiler.
When a free no obligation assessment is carried out, the Gas Safe registered Engineer will be able to inspect the boiler.
What boiler do you replace my old boiler with?
We have long-established partnerships with several of the leading boiler manufacturers. Through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, we primarily install IDEAL boiler.
If you have a preference to the boiler manufacturer, this can be discussed when the assessment is carried out. However, in some cases this may mean a contribution is required.
How is the funding calculated?
The level of funding that you can attract, is determined by the type and size of property you live in. The older and more in-efficient your property is, the more funding can be attracted.
A free no obligation assessment will look at your existing boiler and the work required to replace it, as well as establish the levels of funding we can attract based on your home.
Jack and Laura qualified for a free boiler
Jack and his wife Laura, a retired couple living in Cheshire, are one in many households across the country, who have benefitted from a free boiler through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.
Read their story and hear how Jack recommends others to take advantage of the funding for a free boiler while it is available.
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