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.
Recently the government has announced that the air source heat pump driven scheme will be extended, so it no longer ends in 2025 but rather 2028.
Even though the government is more focused on incentivising householders to replace their boiler with a more environmentally friendly alternative, like an air source heat pump, there is still some funding for boiler replacements. However, the funding is really for non-condensing boilers.
Under the Energy Company Obligation Scheme, eligible homeowners and private tenants can get funding for their old inefficient boiler to be replaced.
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 have an old inefficient non-condensing boiler
- You have a low EPC rated home
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
- Income based jobseekers allowance
- Tax Credits (Child Tax and Working Tax Credits)
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Pension Credit Guarantee
- Pension Credit Savings
- Housing Benefit
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 or private tenant to qualify. The funding isn’t available to those in council owned properties or social housing.
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 benefitted from a free boiler through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO3) scheme.
Read their story and hear how Jack recommends others to take advantage of the funding.
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