Free LPG boiler grants – Government ECO boiler scheme
If you are a homeowner or private tenant on a low income you can now take advantage of a free LPG boiler grant via the Government-led Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.
Under previous legislation it was only gas boilers that qualified for Government grants. However changes to the ECO scheme have encouraged installers to now focus on vulnerable households who are not connected to a mains gas supply.
Free LPG boilers are now being installed as part of ECO
ECO decision makers agreed that too much funding was being concentrated on providing replacement gas boilers. This gave households in urban areas an unfair advantage over rural communities.
There is a higher concentration of properties that have Oil and LPG boilers as their primary heating in these areas.
Who qualifies for a free LPG boiler?
The ECO grant scheme is designed for low income homeowners and private tenants in England, Scotland and Wales. You must claim certain benefits to qualify. Local authorities in the UK have their own carbon emission targets outwith the free boiler scheme.
To take advantage of the offer your existing LPG boiler must have a low efficiency rating and be over 5 years old. Furthermore someone who lives in your home must also claim one of a specific set of benefits or be on a low income –
- Boiler must be more than 5 years old
- Broken down or not functioning efficiently
Eligible benefits for the ECO scheme
- Income Support
- ESA – Income Related
- JSA – Income Based
- Pension Credit -Income Based
- Tax Credits*
- Universal Credits*
*If you claim tax credits or universal credits your income must be below a certain amount. The full eligibility criteria can be found here – Free LPG Boiler.
What is LPG central heating?
LPG, or liquid petroleum gas is an alternative source of heating for dwellings that are not connected to the main gas grid. LPG is normally used as part of a wet central heating system. An LPG-fired boiler provides hot water which is then used to heat your water and radiators.
LPG differs from gas heating in that the fuel is usually stored in an external storage tank in your garden and then fed into your boiler. Although some gas boilers can be converted to LPG gas.
Aside from the storage tank LPG works much the same as gas central heating and can be used with regular condensing and combi boilers.
Benefits of an LPG boiler
LPG boilers are smaller and more compact than oil boilers. They function quietly and emit 20% less CO2 than their oil counterparts. This provides more flexibility in where they are installed.
Modern condensing LPG boilers are at least 90% efficient. This means it costs you much less to heat your home and your energy bills will be lower.
With a new LPG boiler you will be able to use modern apps and heating controls to control room temperature with a thermostat.
Who uses LPG heating?
The majority of homes in the United Kingdom use gas as their primary source of heating. But in remote areas that are not on the mains network households are forced to use alternative sources of heating. Electric is the most common. Other types include solid fuel, oil and LPG.
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How to apply for an LPG boiler grant
Leave us a few details and we will put you in touch with an approved local installer who will contact you and arrange to visit your home for a quick assessment. It is a straightforward no hassle process.
The assessor will carry out a free survey of your existing heating system including your LPG boiler. If you qualify for a grant he will help you fill in the paperwork and arrange a date for a technical survey before installation.
The whole process can be completed in 2 – 3 weeks. We provide this as a free service and we do not share any information with any third party outwith the approved company who will install your free LPG boiler.