Free LPG Boilers are now available through the ECO grant scheme
Changes to the Government ECO energy grant scheme means that if you can now claim a free LPG boiler to replace your old one if it is inefficient.
An adjustment to the ECO grant scheme mean that if you claim certain benefits or tax credits you can replace your Oil or LPG boiler free of charge. The same deal applies to Electric storage heaters.
Under the previous scheme, which ended in March 2017, companies were only providing free gas boilers. But now there is a drive towards upgrading heating systems which do not have a mains gas supply.
Why are LPG boilers free?
The Energy Company Obligation is a Government-led environmental initiative. It helps low income families lower their heating bills and improve their carbon footprint.
Using your boiler for hot water or central heating accounts for around 60% of your energy bills. Many older boilers function well below maximum efficiency.
For example, If your existing LPG boiler has an efficiency rating of E, and functions at 65% efficiency, 35p in every pound you spend on your heating is being wasted.
Furthermore your boiler will be in use for longer than necessary. So more harmful carbon dioxide emissions are released into the environment.
The free LPG boiler scheme replaces old boilers with new condensing ones. This type are more energy efficient because of their design.
They heat your water and radiators more efficiently and therefore reduce your heating bills.
Do I qualify for a free LPG boiler?
LPG boiler replacement grants are for households on a low income in England, Scotland and Wales. You also must be a homeowner or private tenant. If you are a landlord you can claim an ECO LPG grant if your tenant meets the income-related criteria.
To get a free LPG boiler your existing one must have a lower energy rating (between D and G). Someone who lives in your home must also claim one of the following benefits or tax credits –
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income Support
Tax Credits / Universal Credits*
The table above shows the household income thresholds for Working Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits, and the monthly income threshold for Universal Credit, to claim an LPG boiler replacement.
How much will I save?
Modern boilers are energy efficient because they are condensing boilers. This type of boiler is much more efficient because it uses waste gas to heat water from the cold tap before it enters the boiler’s burner.
Condensing boilers function at at least 90% efficiency and sometimes higher. The table below lists the annual savings that you can make by swapping your old LPG boiler for a new condensing one.
|Old LPG boiler rating||Semi- house||Detached house||Detached bungalow||Mid terrace house||Mid floor flat|
|G ( < 70%)||£210||£320||£165||£180||£100|
These are estimated figures based on installing a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls Figures are based on fuel prices as of April 2017. Energy Savings Trust
How do I apply for a replacement LPG boiler?
Applying for a replacement boiler is a straightforward hassle free process. Leave us a few contact details and we will put you in touch with an approved local installer.
The company will then contact you to arrange an energy assessment of your home. This will include the following –
- free LPG boiler assessment
- ECO grant confirmation – the assessor will need to confirm that you qualify for a grant so you will be required to provide proof of any benefits or tax credits that you claim
- grant application paperwork – the assessor will go over the ECO boiler paperwork with you
- Arrange a date to install your new LPG boiler
What does the LPG boiler grant cover?
Free LPG boiler grants cover the cost of an A rated LPG boiler including fitting in the same location as your existing boiler. Your old LPG boiler will be disposed of as part of the terms and conditions.
The free LPG boiler grant also covers any electrical work that is required for installation but does not include new radiators or thermostatic valves.
Apply for a free LPG boiler grant now