Free boiler grant scheme 2017

Upgrade your central heating boiler for free (UK)

Low income households throughout the United Kingdom can take advantage of  a Government-led scheme called the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO).  ECO is funded by the UK’s major utility companies and is designed to:

  • lower carbon dioxide emissions produced by old and inefficient central heating systems / boilers
  • reduce the cost of domestic energy bills for poorer sections of society including pensioners, those who receive tax credits and those on specific benefits with younger children.

How does the free boiler scheme work?

Your property

To qualify for a free boiler grant you must be a home owner or tenant. Landlords can apply numerous times via tenants in each individual property. The ECO boiler scheme provides non-repayable boiler grants and subsidised boiler replacements depending on your property type. Larger houses are more likely to qualify for non-repayable grants because the aim of the scheme is to reduce carbon emissions and the carbon savings must be worth the  financial cost of the new boiler installation. For smaller properties such as flats a small customer contribution may be required.

Your income status

Pensioners who claim State Pension Credits and families with young children who claim Child Tax Credits (and whose total household income is under £16010) qualify for a free boiler replacement with no additional qualification components required. Those in receipt of Income Support, Universal Credit, ESA and Working Tax Credits may qualify if they meet additional eligibility requirements. A list of which can be found here – Free boiler grant qualification.

In addition to your property status and income status your boiler must be 8 years old and have an energy rating of  C (85% efficiency) or below.

Since March 2013 nearly one million replacement boilers have been installed free of charge in the UK.

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The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) is an home energy improvement scheme which is led by the UK Government and funded by the country’s largest energy providers.

ECO provides homeowners, landlords and private tenants with access to Government grant funding for free boiler replacements to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

You can claim a full and partial grant for a new boiler or insulation if you meet the ECO grant criteria.

How can we help you?

We have helped thousands of households with free boiler grant applications.

Many people find applying for a grant a daunting experience. So we have simplified the process to make it easier for you.

You can check online in two minutes to see if you are eligible for a new boiler or insulation – without entering any personal details.

You will only be asked for any further information if you want to apply for a grant.

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