Government’s bespoke boiler grants come into play because it’s a bit difficult for several homeowners to afford a normal due to financial incapacity. It is because of this that the government’s bespoke boiler grants come into play. You will not only be able to enjoy a more reliable source of heating, but modern efficiency will help to reduce your heating costs over time.
Due to climate change, the UK Government is willing to drastically cut carbon emissions and replacing old, inefficient boilers with modern, A-rated models is just one way they can make a considerable reduction.
Also, the efficiency of modern boilers means they are cheaper to run, drastically helping to reduce the heating bills of low-income households and those at risk of fuel poverty.
The fact is that many households find the cost of acquiring a new boiler to be significant and it’s for this reason the Government and some of the largest energy companies in the UK provide boiler grants. These enable households to acquire a subsidised boiler and in some cases, a completely free boiler.
ECO Boiler Replacement Scheme
This scheme is designed for eligible homeowners and private tenants to get their old inefficient boiler replaced for free.
This was set up to assist low-income families improve the efficiency of their homes by installing more efficient boilers and upgrading or insulating their homes.
What can you get?
Homeowners across Great Britain can get a replacement boiler from as little as £240 (or sometimes a little more for complicated installations) through the government boiler scheme.
Who qualifies for the ECO boiler scheme?
You can qualify for a new boiler on the Energy Companies Obligations (ECO) government scheme if you receive at least one benefit, such as income support or disability living allowance. You must be the homeowner, and your boiler has to be broken. If it’s not broken but you’re having problems, there are some handy guides on how to solve the most common issues.
Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme
The Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme helps low-income households and vulnerable people heat their homes for less through home improvements. It’s part of the wider Home Energy Efficiency Programmes (HEEPS).
What can you get?
Qualified homeowners can get a free boiler through the Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme – as well as free central heating, loft and wall insulation, draught-proofing and renewable systems for generating your own energy.
Who qualifies for a free replacement boiler through Warmer Homes Scotland?
The scheme is designed for homeowners and private sector tenants in Scotland who are finding it a bit difficult to pay for their energy, and have lived in their property for at least twelve months.
You can get the full qualifying criteria and details about how to apply from Energy Saving Trust.
Nest: Free Boilers in Wales
The Welsh Government’s NEST scheme helps low-income households and people with certain health conditions to heat their homes for less. It’s part of the wider Warm Homes scheme in Wales.
What can you get?
The Welsh government’s Nest scheme offers free boilers to homeowners and tenants in private property.
Who qualifies for a replacement boiler grant through NEST?
NEST is for low-income homeowners and private-sector tenants in Wales who are receiving certain benefits – or have a chronic respiratory, circulatory or mental health condition. You can get the full qualifying criteria and details about how to apply from Nest.
Boiler Scrappage Scheme: This scheme was introduced in 2009 to encourage households to upgrade to more efficient boilers, but it has now been discontinued.
Some suppliers may still offer discounts on new boiler installations for scrapping an older efficient boiler but, as these are not a government schemes, we’d recommend getting a few quotes. This is because, in some cases, a new boiler might be more expensive than it should be, even with discounts.
Renting a Boiler or Getting a Monthly-Pay: In a case whereby you’re not eligible for any boiler grants or a free replacement, you could consider renting a boiler (aka getting a pay-monthly boilers).
There are some companies that offer this service and is a way to spread out the cost of a new boiler installation. There is no obligation to pay an upfront cost. Instead you make monthly payment, which pays off the cost of the boiler, the installation and – depending on your contract – any repair, maintenance and servicing costs for the duration of your contract.
When you’ve finished paying, the boiler is yours. Renting a boiler is a long-term commitment. Contracts can last as long as 12 years. However, most boiler-rental companies offer different contract lengths.