To replace your old, broken or in-efficient boiler you could be looking at costs as high as £4000. However, thanks to the ECO scheme, those who are in receipt of Pension Credit (not to be confused with a standard state pension) could claim a grant to have theirs replaced free of charge, or heavily subsidised.
So, who ends up footing the bill? ECO, or the energy company obligation has been set up by the UK government to help vulnerable home owners and private tenants improve the efficiency of their homes and reduce their bills. The non-repayable grants are controlled by the 'Big Six', so that's the energy suppliers including British Gas, EDF, EON, nPower, Scottish Power and SSE.
If you want to learn more about the ECO scheme, please visit the GOV.UK website. Free boilers are funded by the 'Affordable Warmth' part of the energy company obligation.
With winter drawing in fast, it's important to be prepared. If your current boiler is 8+ years old then it's more than likely going to be unreliable, and expensive to run. All new boilers which are installed via the free boiler scheme are A rated, which in percentage terms is 90%+. By comparison, older boilers can be anywhere from 60% efficient. This means that for every £1 you spend on your heating, 40p is literally wasted. If you qualify for a free boiler via a government grant, your new boiler will waste less than 10p which is a huge saving.
Recent figures taken from the Energy Saving Trust have shown that by replacing your old in-efficient boiler, with a new A rated combi condensing boiler, you could save up-to as much as £350 over the course of a year.
Are you a pensioner who thinks they may qualify for a grant? You can find out here.
We've been helping vulnerable home owners and tenants throughout the UK to access grants to improve the efficiency of their homes. We work alongside a nationwide network of professional installers who are fully insured, checked and vetted to ensure that your enquiry is in safe hands.
If you are a pensioner, but you are not able to claim pension credit, all is not lost. As long as you are aged 60+ and claim working tax credits, you could still qualify for a grant. View the full criteria to see if you could claim a free boiler.
Our simple, interactive online application process lets you check if you could qualify for a free boiler grant in less than 2 minutes. If you do, you can then choose to be contacted by a UK Government approved company who can assist you further.
Once we've matched matched you up to an installer in your area, they'll contact you to confirm your details and book a free energy survey of your property. Once they've talked you through the process, you can then book your installation. It's as simple as that.
Within minutes of applying, a local company contacted me to check my benefit details and to book my survey. Within 2 weeks, my boiler was installed. I cannot thank the team enough.
Mr MacMichael - Shropshire
The process was hassle free and my boiler was installed to a very high standard. Very impressed and have already recommended to my family & friends.
Ms Kenyon - Walsall
Without boiler grants it would have been a very, very cold winter for me and my family. I cannot recommend the service enough.
Mrs Dolan - Peterborough
Through the ECO scheme (Energy Company Obligation), those who claim Pension Credit automatically qualify to have their old boilers replaced free of charge. You'll also need to be the home owner, or private tenant in order to apply for a boiler grant. Our service is 100% free to use.
Grant applications can be very complicated, so, we've built a super easy online system which will determine if you could claim within a matter of minutes. We've also built an approved, qualified and insured network of free gas boiler installers who will be able to assist you with your install.