Free Storage Heater Grants and Free Boiler Grants

Do you qualify for FREE ELECTRIC STORAGE HEATERS
or a FREE BOILER from the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

Free Cavity Wall Insulation and Free Loft Insulation also available

Affordable Warmth Scheme provides funding for STORAGE HEATER GRANTS

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Affordable Warmth Scheme Free Storage Heaters Free Boilers Free Cavity Wall Insulation Free Loft Insulation
Free Boiler Grants are available with the Affordable warmth Scheme

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We have helped over 15,000 householders to apply for a Storage Heater Grant or a Boiler Grant
All mainland areas of England, Scotland and Wales covered

Who qualifies for a grant from the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

You may qualify for a STORAGE HEATER GRANT or a  BOILER GRANT with the Affordable Warmth Scheme if you satisfy ALL THREE of the following qualifying criteria:

You live in your own home or you rent your home from a private landlord.

You may also qualify for help if you live in social housing and your home has a poor EPC rating but different rules apply.

You receive one of the Scheme’s Qualifying State Benefits or Tax Credits.

Maximum household income thresholds apply to Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Universal Credit.

You have at least one faulty or inefficient electric storage heater in your home OR

You have a boiler in your home which is faulty and inefficient, or not cost-effective to repair.

What is the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

The Affordable Warmth Scheme is part of the Government’s ECO Scheme which was introduced in January 2013 to fight fuel poverty and to help reduce carbon emissions and the effects of climate change. The scheme is designed to provide funding to replace old, inefficient and faulty electric storage heaters and central heating boilers for householders who can’t afford to pay to replace them.

This is why it targets householders who receive a means-tested State Benefit and groups such as Pensioners and Single Parents.

Major changes to the ECO Scheme were introduced on 1st April 2017 with a simplification of Affordable Warmth Scheme qualifying criteria and a more focused targeting of fuel poverty.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, replacing an old, inefficient or faulty central heating boiler with a modern A rated boiler could reduce your energy bills by up to £350 per year, whilst providing peace of mind that you have an energy efficient boiler to keep your home warm.

Modern electric night storage heaters are much more energy efficient than previous versions.  They are also better insulated so as not to lose the heat stored in them overnight.  Both heat input and heat output are more controllable to ensure that you are not wasting energy, whilst your home stays warmer.

Affordable Warmth Scheme Qualifying Criteria

1. Your Home

Private Houses

You must live in your own home or one which you rent from a private landlord to qualify for a Storage Heater Grant or a Boiler Grant from the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

Council Housing

If you live in a council house you may qualify for a cavity wall insulation grant under the Affordable Warmth Scheme if your home has an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of E, F or G.

You may also qualify for a grant to install a central heating system if your home has never had a central heating system before. If this applies to you, you do NOT need to receive State Benefits to qualify.

Housing Association Homes

If your home is WHOLLY OWNED by a Housing Association you may qualify for a cavity wall insulation grant under the Affordable Warmth Scheme if your home has an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of E, F or G.

Shared ownership homes are not eligible for Affordable Warmth Scheme ECO Grants at the moment.

You may also qualify for a grant to install a central heating system if your home has never had a central heating system before. If this applies to you, you do NOT need to receive State Benefits to qualify.

2. Your State Benefits

To qualify for a STORAGE HEATER GRANT or a BOILER GRANT with the Affordable Warmth Scheme you must receive at least one of the following mean-tested State Benefits and satisfy any associated qualifying criteria.

As part of the grant application process, the surveyor may need to take a copy of your current State Benefit Award Letter.

Click on the State Benefit you receive below for more information and to see any additional qualifying requirements.

You receive Guaranteed Pension Credit.  Savings Credit is no longer included in the qualifying criteria.

Pension Credit is an additional payment on top of your ordinary State Pension, which you must have made a claim for.

You will not qualify for a storage heater grant or a boiler grant from the Affordable Warmth Scheme if you only receive the basic State Pension and no other benefits.

You receive Child Tax Credit AND your total household income is below the relevant income threshold for your household composition.  This is based on the number of adults and children living in your home.  Please see below for the household income thresholds.

The important household income amount is the one shown on your current Tax Credit award letter which has been used to calculate how much Child Tax Credit you receive.

You receive Working Tax Credit AND your total household income is below the relevant income threshold for your household composition.  This is based on the number of adults and children living in your home.  Please see below for the household income thresholds.

The important household income amount is the one shown on your current Tax Credit award letter which has been used to calculate how much Working Tax Credit you receive.

You receive Universal Credit AND your monthly, net household income was below the relevant income threshold for your household composition in any assessment period within the previous 12 months.

This is based on the number of adults and children living in your home.  Please see below for the household income thresholds.

The important household income amount is the one shown on your current Universal Credit award letter which has been used to calculate how much Universal Credit you receive.

You receive Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance.  Contribution Based JSA does not qualify.

You receive Income Related Employment & Support Allowance.  Contribution Based ESA does not qualify.

You receive Income Support.

Affordable Warmth Scheme Qualifying Criteria - income thresholds for Tax Credits and Universal Credit

State Benefits and Allowances which are NOT part of the Affordable Warmth Scheme Qualifying Criteria

  • Basic State Pension
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit (on it’s own)
  • DLA (Disability Living Allowance),
  • PIP (Personal Independence Payment),
  • Carer’s Allowance,
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Motability Support
  • Housing Benefit,
  • Contribution-Related Employment & Support Allowance,
  • Contribution-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Child Benefit

3a. Your Storage Heaters

The Affordable Warmth Scheme provides funding for storage heater grants to replace your EXISTING faulty or inefficient electric storage heaters.

At the moment the scheme will not provide funding for any additional storage heaters, only to replace the ones you already have. However, this may change under ‘Space Heating’ rules if your only form of heating is electric and you do not have enough storage heaters in your home to keep it warm throughout.

If you do not have any electric night storage heaters currently installed in your home, you will not qualify for a grant to have new heaters installed.

3b. Your Boiler

The Affordable Warmth Scheme provides funding for boiler grants to replace EXISTING natural gas boilers, oil boilers, LPG boilers and solid fuel boilers. However, the boiler installed in your home must be inefficient or faulty.

If your boiler was rated at less than 86% efficient (C rated or below) when it was installed, it must also be faulty.

If your boiler was rated at 86% efficient or more (A and B rated boilers), it must have a fault and cost more to repair than to replace.

You can check your boiler’s efficiency rating HERE.

We have processed over 15,000 Affordable Warmth Scheme Storage Heater Grants and Boiler Grants.

What will my storage heater grant cover?

The Affordable Warmth Scheme provides funding to replace faulty and inefficient electric night storage heaters.

ECO funding also pays for a FREE SURVEY to establish whether you qualify for the scheme.  The amount of your storage heater grant will depend upon the type of property you live in, how many bedrooms you have and several other factors.

If you qualify for a storage heater grant, Affordable Warmth Scheme funding will only cover the cost of replacing the existing storage heaters and a limited amount of electrical work.

Modern electric storage heaters are fitted with a heater and convector fan to provide heat additional to that stored overnight.  If you are on the Economy 7 electricity tariff or similar, you may need an additional electrical supply to your new heaters to enable the convector fan to work.  The full cost of this may not be covered by your Affordable Warmth Scheme storage heater grant.

If additional work is required, you may be asked to pay for this.  Also, because of the way storage heater grants are calculated, your grant may not cover the full cost of your new storage heaters installation and a contribution may be required.

If this happens in your case, you can refuse to contribute (but the work may not be carried out), negotiate a lower amount with the installer, or even apply again to get another quotation from a different installer. We advise you to consider your options with care.

Green Deal

From June 2017 it may be possible to use the newly re-introduced Green Deal to help with any contribution to the cost of your storage heater installation.

The way it works is that you take out a Green Deal loan to pay for the amount of your contribution but you don’t have to pay a deposit and you don’t repay the loan directly.
Green Deal loan repayments are added to your electricity bill but there is a ‘Golden Rule’ that the monthly repayments will never be greater than the amount you save by having more energy efficient storage heaters installed.
If you sell your home, the Green Deal loan stays with the property, so you don’t have to repay any balance when you move house.
Affordable Warmth Scheme provides funding for STORAGE HEATER GRANTS
Green Deal 2017 Finance is available to top up Affordable Warmth Scheme Storage Heater Grants and Boiler Grants
What will my boiler grant cover?

The Affordable Warmth Scheme provides funding to replace inefficient and faulty oil boilers, LPG boilers, natural gas boilers and solid fuel boilers.

ECO funding also pays for a FREE SURVEY to establish whether you qualify for the scheme.  The amount of your boiler grant will depend upon the type of property you live in, how many bedrooms you have and several other factors.

If you qualify for a boiler grant, Affordable Warmth Scheme funding will only cover the cost of replacing the central heating boiler and a limited amount of pipework. It does not cover full heating systems, radiators, pumps or control systems.

If additional work is required, you may be asked to pay for this.  Also, because of the way boiler grants are calculated, your grant may not cover the full cost of your boiler installation and a contribution may be required.

If this happens in your case, you can refuse to contribute (but the work may not be carried out), negotiate a lower amount with the installer, or even apply again to get another quotation from a different installer. We advise you to consider your options with care.

Green Deal

From June 2017 it may be possible to use the newly re-introduced Green Deal to help with any contribution to the cost of your boiler installation.

The way it works is that you take out a Green Deal loan to pay for the amount of your contribution but you don’t have to pay a deposit and you don’t repay the loan directly.
Green Deal loan repayments are added to your electricity bill but there is a ‘Golden Rule’ that the monthly repayments will never be greater than the amount you save by having a more energy efficient boiler installed.
If you sell your home, the Green Deal loan stays with the property, so you don’t have to repay any balance when you move house.
Free Boiler Grants are available with the Affordable warmth Scheme
Green Deal 2017 Finance is available to top up Affordable Warmth Scheme Storage Heater Grants and Boiler Grants

The way that Boiler Grants, Storage Heater Grants, Cavity Wall Insulation Grants and Loft Insulation Grants awarded under the Affordable Warmth Scheme are calculated is complicated to say the least.

Factors dictating the amount of your ECO grant include:

  • the type and size of your home
  • how many bedrooms it has,
  • whether it has cavity walls or solid walls
  • how well it is insulated
  • the type of heating system installed
  • the product to be installed

Property types are classified as:

  • Detached houses
  • Semi-detached houses
  • End-terraced houses
  • Mid-terraced houses
  • Detached bungalows
  • Semi-detached or end-terraced bungalows
  • Maisonettes with 3 external walls
  • Maisonettes with 2 external walls
  • Flats with 3 external walls
  • Flats with 2 external walls

The following factors will generally result in higher ECO grants:

  • More external walls. For example, a detached house will have 4 external walls, a semi-detached house will have 3 and a mid-terraced house just 2.
  • More bedrooms. A four bedroom semi-detached house will attract a higher grant than a three bedroom detached house.
  • Larger homes (by volume) attract higher grants than smaller homes.
  • Properties with solid walls attract higher grants than those with cavity walls.
  • Properties with heating systems which use oil, LPG, electricity or solid fuel will attract higher grants than those which use mains gas.
  • Badly insulated properties will attract higher grants than those which are well insulated (cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and double glazing are taken into account).

Taking account of all of the factors which can affect your ECO grant, there are over 10,000 different permutations.

Affordable Warmth Scheme Long Term Savings of Carbon Emissions

Your Affordable Warmth Scheme grant calculation will produce a figure which approximates the long term savings in carbon emissions you will achieve over the lifetime of your new heating system or insulation, by having it upgraded. The greater your long term savings in carbon emissions, the higher your grant.

The main driving force behind the ECO Scheme is to reduce carbon emissions from the domestic housing stock in the UK. This can generally be best achieved by improving the energy efficiency of large badly insulated buildings with off-gas heating systems. It is no surprise then, that this type of home attracts the highest ECO grants.

Once the ECO grant for your home is calculated it is compared to the cost of replacing your boiler or storage heaters with more energy efficient ones to determine how much, if any, your contribution will be.

If you require a more detailed explanation of the calculation of the ECO grant in your particular case, you need to speak to the accredited installer who is dealing with your ECO grant application.

If you are a private landlord you can also enquire about a storage heater grant or boiler grant on behalf of your tenant if they satisfy Affordable Warmth Scheme qualifying criteria.

For more information about a storage heater grant for your rental property, please click HERE and for information about a boiler grant, click HERE.

What’s more, there is no limit to the number of properties for which you can apply as long as the tenant qualifies and the heating system satisfies Affordable Warmth Scheme criteria.

Affordable Warmth Scheme funding is provided by the big six energy companies

British Gas provides Affordable Warmth Scheme funding for Boiler Grants Electric Storage Heater Grants
EDF Energy provides Affordable Warmth Scheme funding for Oil Boiler Grants, LPG Boiler Grants, Natural Gas Boiler Grants and Electric Storage Heater Grants
E-ON provides Affordable Warmth Scheme funding for Oil Boiler Grants, LPG Boiler Grants, Natural Gas Boiler Grants and Electric Storage Heater Grants
N POWER provides Affordable Warmth Scheme funding for Oil Boiler Grants, LPG Boiler Grants, Natural Gas Boiler Grants and Electric Storage Heater Grants
Scottish and Southern Energy provides Affordable Warmth Scheme funding for Oil Boiler Grants, LPG Boiler Grants, Natural Gas Boiler Grants and Electric Storage Heater Grants
Scottish Power provides Affordable Warmth Scheme funding for Oil Boiler Grants, LPG Boiler Grants, Natural Gas Boiler Grants and Electric Storage Heater Grants

We deal with applications for Affordable Warmth Scheme Storage Heater Grants and Boiler Grants in all of the following counties, metropolitan areas and regions:

ENGLAND – All mainland areas

Avon, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cleveland, Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, East Riding of Yorkshire, East Sussex, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater London, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Middlesex, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Tyne & Wear, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Sussex, West Yorkshire, Westmorland, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

WALES – All mainland areas plus Anglesey

Anglesey, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Clwyd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Dyfed, Flintshire, Gwent, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Mid Glamorgan, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Glamorgan Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham.

SCOTLAND – All mainland areas

Aberdeenshire, Angus, Ayrshire, Banffshire, Berwickshire, Borders, Caithness, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Dunbartonshire, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Fife, Highland, Inverclyde, Kincardineshire, Lanarkshire, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirlingshire, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.

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