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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The Free Boiler Scheme in 2015

Free Boiler 2015

The Free Boiler Scheme

The free boiler scheme has been around for quite some time now and many changes have been introduced throughout the period in which it has been running. 2014 marked the end of ‘ECO 1’ which was the first phase of the Governments free boiler scheme which was set up to help low income households access things like free boilers, grants for home insulation and funding for some renewable technologies. We’ve helped thousands of home owners and private tenants since the beginning and many households are now benefiting from boilers which were installed in to their homes completely free of charge. At the beginning of the scheme, funding was readily available and it was being paid out to approved installers at very attractive rates, as time moved on, the pot of money which was funding the free boiler installations got tighter and gradually the funding rates reduced.

Previously on the scheme, installers were able to remove and replace ‘condensing’ boilers which were already very efficient. There was also enough funding available to complete installations on small, more efficient homes. However, things have gotten a lot tighter in recent times.

Can I still get a Free Boiler in 2015?

Due to its popularity the Governments ECO Scheme has now been extended until 2017 and new targets have now been set for the energy suppliers. As of April, we are expecting more changes to be introduced which should provide more help to those in off-gas areas, say for example, if you have electric storage heaters in your home, you could have them all replaced with a brand new, more energy efficient system. As of today, the criteria is still the same so if you receive the correct combination of benefits you could qualify for a fully funded free boiler, or it could be heavily subsidised depending on how efficient your property already is.

How do I check if I qualify?

If you want to see if you qualify for a free boiler, or boiler grant, simply complete the web-form and we’ll tell you within 3 minutes – Free Boiler Application

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