ECO Scheme Storage Heater Grants and Boiler Grants

Affordable Warmth Scheme Provides ECO Grants to Help Replace Your Broken Boiler or Your Broken Electric Storage Heaters

Cavity Wall Insulation Grants and Loft Insulation Grants 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 25,000 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.

Householders in privately rented homes and council owned properties should contact their landlord.

Housing association properties and shared ownership homes are also excluded.

You receive one of the ECO3 Scheme’s Qualifying State Benefits, Tax Credits or other Allowances.

Additional Qualifying Allowances were added in October 2018. If you didn’t qualify under the old ECO Scheme, you may qualify under ECO3 now.

The electric storage heaters in your home are broken.

OR

The central heating boiler in your home is broken. Initially we can only process applications for mains gas boilers.

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.

Further changes to the Affordable Warmth Scheme will be introduced in October 2018. These restrict ECO Grants to help replace broken boilers and broken electric storage heaters to owner occupiers. Private landlords are responsible to replace broken heating systems in their rental properties, under MEES Regulations.

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.

Cavity Wall Insulation Grants and Loft Insulation Grants are also available from the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

Affordable Warmth Scheme Qualifying Criteria

1. Your Home

Private Houses – Owner Occupiers

You must live in your own home to qualify for a Storage Heater Grant or a Boiler Grant from the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

Privately Rented Homes

Regulations were introduced in April 2018 to make private landlords responsible for providing working heating systems in their rental properties. Consequently, Affordable Warmth Scheme grants are not available to help tenants of privately rented properties to replace broken heating systems in their homes. More information will be provided regarding this as ECO3 rules are confirmed.

Council Housing, Housing Association Homes and Shared Ownership

These types of homes have different rules under ECO3 and we will include more information regarding this once they have been confirmed.

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 State Benefits, Tax Credits or other Allowances and satisfy any associated qualifying criteria.

Click on the 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.

Under proposed rules from October 2018 there is no longer a requirement that your total household income is below an income threshold for your household composition.

You receive Working Tax Credit.

Under proposed rules from October 2018 there is no longer a requirement that your total household income is below an income threshold for your household composition.

You receive Universal Credit.

Under proposed rules from October 2018 there is no longer a requirement that your total household income is below an income threshold for your household composition.

You receive one of the following DWP administered benefits:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Child Benefit (subject to maximum income thresholds)

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.

You receive one of the following Ministry of Defence Benefits:

  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
Affordable Warmth Scheme - Storage Heater Grant Qualifying Criteria October 2018 - ECO3 Child Benefit Income Thresholds

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

  • Basic State Pension
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit
  • Motability Support
  • Housing Benefit,
  • Contribution-Related Employment & Support Allowance,
  • Contribution-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance

3a. Your Storage Heaters

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

This is a ‘storage heater replacement scheme’ and 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 and LPG boilers. However, the boiler installed in your home must be faulty.

 

You can check your boiler’s efficiency rating HERE.

We have processed over 25,000 Affordable Warmth Scheme Storage Heater Grants and Boiler Grants.

What will my storage heater grant cover?

The Affordable Warmth Scheme provides funding to replace broken 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.

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 broken oil boilers, LPG boilers and mains gas 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 Affordable Warmth Scheme 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.

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 or electricity 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 are responsible for providing a working heating system in your rental properties under MEES Regulations.

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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