Got Electric Storage Heaters? You Can Now Claim Free Replacements.

Up until recently, it has only been standard central heating boilers which have qualified through the governments ECO scheme. However, positive changes which have recently come in to place have now opened up the scheme to help those in off grid areas too where your typical “mains gas” supply is not available. So now, if you live in a property which has an Oil, or LPG fuelled boiler, it could now be replaced for free if you claim the correct combination of income-related benefits such as tax credits, income support, ESA, JSA etc. The good news doesn’t stop their either.

Free Replacement Electric Storage Heaters

The scheme now also allows those with electric storage heaters to claim a grant to replace their old, in-efficient units with much more modern equivalents. New replacement electric storage heaters are much more efficient than their older counterparts, so you will start to see instant savings on your energy bills. If you claim certain income-related benefits, you can check if you could qualify for free storage heaters using this quick and easy form.

Can I have my electric storage heaters replaced with a central heating system?

Unfortunately, due to the lack of funding which is currently available, grants are not available to cover the full costs of installing a brand new heating system in to your home. We’ll keep this post updated if any more news is released on this.

How can I apply?

If you claim child tax credits, working tax credits, pension credit, ESA, JSA or universal credit and your property is currently being heated by electric storage heaters, you can apply for a grant to get them replaced for free by clicking the following link. Apply for free electric storage heaters.

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Have an Oil, or LPG boiler? You can now apply for the free boiler scheme.

The ECO scheme has seen some rather rocky times in recent weeks. Tweaks and changes to the whole system have seen installing companies shift their attention away from homes who are on a mains gas supplies, and begin focussing on vulnerable properties in off gas areas.

How, and why?

Up until very recently, properties with Oil, LPG or electric heating systems were not able to claim funding through the scheme and take advantage of a grant. However, due to recent positive changes they now can, but why? ECO is built on a carbon reduction target based system, after a recent consultation the scheme operators have come to the conclusion that homes on mains gas supplies were being allocated too much of the available funding which meant that the targets were being (too) easily hit. By switching their focus on to properties who are not on a mains gas supply, the targets are going to be much harder to hit, but they believe that many more fuel poor homes in rural/semi-rural areas will not be able to get the help which they need.

Do you have an Oil, or LPG heating system?

If you currently have a home which is not connected to a mains gas supply, and you meet the benefits related criteria (i.e you claim tax credits, income support, ESA, JSA etc) you can now apply to get your old boiler replaced, with a brand new one through the government scheme. To see if you qualify, visit http://www.boilergrants.org.uk/postcode.php

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Boiler Grants FAQ’s

Applying for a grant to replace your old boiler may sound like a long winded and complicated process, but it really isn’t. Since 2013, we’ve helped over 60,000 happy customers to access government funding and throughout that time we’ve learnt a great deal about the process.

To keep things simple, here’s a breakdown of the most frequently asked questions to help you along your way;

  1. How long does the process take?
    Once you’ve completed your online application, you’ll be contacted within 48 hours by a government approved installer who will be able to assist you further with your enquiry. One everything has been agreed, they’ll then book a survey of your property and schedule a time for installation. Typically you should expect to wait around 2-4 weeks from point of application, to the actual boiler getting installed.
  2. What brand of boiler will be installed?
    There’s no specific brand of boiler which is installed through the ECO scheme. Each installer will have their own preference as all manufacturers offer varying warranties and deals. All boilers which are installed via a grant will be A-rated, condensing and 90%+ efficient. The boilers are also new, they are not re-conditioned.
  3. Can I get my local plumber to carry out the work?
    Unfortunately not. All boiler grant installations must be carried by government approved companies who have passed various quality control standards and carry certain certifications. Because of this, you can rest assured knowing that the install will be carried out to the highest standards.
  4. Are all of the ECO boiler installations 100% free?
    In most cases, the boiler installations will be free of charge and all works covered by the funding which is available through the grant system. However, if your property is very efficient, or if it requires extra work in order to complete the replacement (such as extra pipework, boiler relocation etc) you may be asked to contribute a small amount. Once the survey is completed of your home, you will be quoted the contribution and it is entirely up to you if you wish to proceed or not.
  5. Is the survey free?
    Yes, once you have made your application online one of our approved installers will contact you to book a free energy survey of your home. They will need to look at things like your current insulation levels, your current heating system and also check all of your benefits paperwork. You should not be charged for this survey.
  6. Will I need to complete lots of paperwork in order to claim a boiler grant?
    In short, no. You will need gather all of your benefits information (such as tax credit award letters etc), and proof of ownership, or tenancy if the property is privately rented. You will only need to sign to say that you are happy for the work to go ahead, and sign off the work once it has bee completed.
  7. Can I get a grant if there is no mains gas to my property?
    Unfortunately not through our website. We only have a network of installers who are qualified to replace boilers with mains gas supplies in place.
  8. I have no central heating at all, can I get a grant?
    No, grants are only available for those on mains gas supplies and who already have a boiler/heating system in place. There is not enough funding available to cover the full costs of installing a brand new heating system.
  9. Can I get any help if I don’t claim benefits?
    If you do not claim benefits, or if you do not meet the criteria, your best bet would be look in to getting a new boiler through a competitive finance option. You should be presented with this option upon applying for a grant, or you can visit our partner website for help with getting a new boiler on finance.

 

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Pensioner? You could get a free boiler replacement.

Pensioner Free Boiler

If your current boiler has stopped working, or its on the blink, then as a Pensioner you may well struggle to stomach the cost of a brand new one. A new boiler installation can range from anywhere between £1000, right up to £5000 depending on the company which you are instruct and the complexity of the job. This is a lot of money and thanks to the ECO scheme, qualifying Pensioners may now be eligible to access funding for a free replacement.

Pension Credit

It is important to remember that Pension credit is an income-related benefit, it is not to be confused with your state pension. State pension alone will not qualify you for a free boiler replacement. Pension Credit is made up of two parts which are Guarantee Credit, and Savings Credit. If you are single and your weekly income is lower than £148.35 then you are able to get it topped up with Pension Credit. If you are a couple and your income is below £226.50, again, you will qualify for Pension Credit.

If you do receive Pension Credit, you will automatically qualify for a boiler grant. This will cover all, if not the majority of the cost of replacing your old boiler and you do not have to re-pay it back at any time. The grants are provided by the Big 6 energy suppliers, and they are funded by the tax payer, something which you may have been all of your life.

In order to have a successful application, you’re current boiler which is in your property must not be condensing (A/B Rated) and broken/or faulty. You will also need to be the home owner, or private tenant.

Learn more about Pension Credit – https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit/overview

Where can I apply?

Apply for a free boiler here

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What is Boiler Grant Funding?

When you apply for a boiler grant there are many things which may effect your application and success. If you have applied online with ourselves, you will have been taken through a series of questions which help us to determine information about your property, its insulation levels and type. You may have thought to yourself, “Why are they asking me questions about my loft insulation? I’m interested in a Boiler Grant!”. You’re right, it does seem strange, but when you are applying for a free boiler, the amount of ‘funding’ which you get, is determined by how efficient your property already is.

To make things simple, think of it like this…

There are installers all over the UK who are approved to install free boilers and deal with boiler grants via the ECO scheme, these installers get paid a certain amount for every ‘Carbon Tonne’ which they can save. The more in-efficient your property is, the more ‘Carbon’ they will be able to save by installing a free energy efficient boiler. If you’re property is already efficient, replacing the boiler will not save a great deal of carbon, even though your current boiler may be 10+ years old as the heat which it generates will be retained in the walls more effectively.

The amount of ‘carbon’ saving is calculated by an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate). If you apply for a boiler grant through us, a local company will contact you to complete one of these surveys, after the EPC is completed, they will be able to tell you how much funding is currently available to replace your boiler. In most cases, it will be free of charge, in some cases you may need to make a small contribution (again, this is all determined by how efficient your property is and what funding rates the installer currently as).

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