ECO Scheme Storage Heater Grants and Boiler Grants

Affordable Warmth Scheme Heating Grants

We have processed over 15,000 Affordable Warmth Scheme Heating Grants throughout the UK

You may qualify if you receive certain State Benefits and you have a faulty boiler or faulty storage heaters

Energy Companies Obligation

The Energy Companies Obligation, or ECO is a replacement for the energy companies Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) which ended in 2012.

CERT predominantly provided grants for loft insulation and cavity wall insulation whilst ECO provides funding under the Affordable Warmth Obligation for insulation and heating system upgrades for homeowners on certain benefits. The Affordable Warmth scheme is widely seen as a replacement for the Warmfront scheme.

The Energy Companies Obligation was introduced to help reduce energy consumption in Britain’s homes and to help householders who are living in fuel poverty. It does this by providing funding for the installation of energy efficient home improvements in private properties and it is estimated that around £1.3 billion will be made available each year to 31st March 2017.

Affordable Warmth Scheme funding is provided by the six major energy companies and is paid directly to the accredited installation companies once they have completed the work. The Green Deal Initiative and the Energy Companies Obligation are part of the Government’s overall strategy on dealing with Climate Change. Although funding from the Green Deal Finance Company ended in July 2015.

Affordable Warmth Scheme rules changed on the 1st April 2017 which has resulted in a simplification of the qualifying criteria.  The Government has indicated that this new transitional phase of the ECO Scheme will run for 18 months to the end of September 2018.  This will give time to consult on the design of a longer scheme intended to run for a further 4 years to 2022.

Fuel poverty is defined by the Government as existing when more than 10% of household income is required to be spent on energy in order to achieve reasonable levels of warmth in the home.

In this instance, adequate warmth means a temperature of around 22º centigrade in the main living areas of a home and 18º centigrade in all other areas. The main factors which contribute to fuel poverty are low household income, energy efficiency of the heating system, poor insulation in the home and the cost of fuel.

The Affordable Warmth scheme was introduced to help tackle fuel poverty and the 18 month transitional phase starting on 1st April 2017 is intended to be even more focused on fuel poverty than the previous ECO Scheme.

Under the first phase of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO1) energy suppliers provided up to £1.3 billion per year to meet their Carbon Saving Obligation and Affordable Warmth scheme.

Around £325 million was directed to the Affordable Warmth scheme under which eligible householders in the private sector can apply for storage heater grants or  boiler grants to cover the cost of energy efficient home improvements which reduce their heating bills.

Insulation Grants are also available for cavity wall insulation and loft insulation.

ECO Funding was reduced for ECO 2 and ECO2t, an 18 month transitional phase starting on 1st April 2017, had funding cut even further.  However, although overall ECO funding has been reduced, that part allocated to the Affordable Warmth Scheme has actually been increased.

ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme 2017 - Free Storage Heaters and Free Boiler Scheme

The energy companies obligated under ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme at 1st April 2017 are:

British Gas, The Co-operative, EDF Energy, EON Energy, First Utility, npower, OVO Energy, Scottish Power, SSE, Utilita, Utility Warehouse, Extra Energy, Spark Energy, Flow Energy and Economy Energy.

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

There are three main obligations which the six big energy companies have been tasked with:

The Carbon Saving Community Obligation (CSCO) was designed to ensure that at least 15% of ECO funding goes towards installing energy efficient home improvements in the homes of low-income households in rural areas.

The Carbon Emissions Saving Obligation (CERO) helped to fund difficult to install insulation measures which couldn’t be funded solely through the Green Deal initiative.

The Affordable Warmth Scheme provides funding from the six main energy companies to cover the cost of installing certain heating and insulation products, such as free storage heaters and a free boiler, into the private properties of low-income households.

The Affordable Warmth Scheme applies to homeowners and tenants who live in poorly heated and insulated homes and who receive certain state benefits. Specifically, the Affordable Warmth Scheme is targeted at low-income households, pensioners and single parents.

We have teamed up with a number of accredited installers of energy efficient home improvements throughout the United Kingdom who are authorised to install products, such as free storage heaters and free boilers, funded under the Energy Companies Obligation.

If you live in a private property and receive certain State Benefits we will arrange for a free technical survey of your heating system to establish whether you qualify for the installation of a new ‘A’ rated, energy efficient central heating boiler or storage heaters.

The installation of energy efficient home improvements under the Affordable Warmth Scheme applies to homeowners living in private properties and includes tenants who have private landlords.

If, as a tenant, you decide to apply for assistance under the Affordable Warmth Scheme then your landlord must consent to any installation. Similarly, if your landlord applies for funding then your consent is required.

Householders living in social housing (council and housing association properties) may qualify for grants to install cavity wall insulation or loft insulation. Grants are also available to install central heating systems in social housing BUT ONLY IF the property has never had a central heating system installed before, i.e., first time installations.

To qualify for a boiler grant or a storage heater grant, installed under the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme you need to satisfy certain criteria as regards your home, your state benefits and the condition of your existing central heating boiler or storage heaters.

You must be:

  • A home owner (you own your home outright or you have a mortgage), or
  • A tenant in a property owned by a private landlord, or
  • A tenant in social housing if the property has an EPC rating of E, F or G.  (If this applies to you, you do not need to receive State Benefits to qualify. Grants are only available to tenants in social housing for cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and ‘first time central heating systems).

You must receive one of the following State Benefits:

  • Guaranteed Pension Credit (Pension Credit Savings Credit and Ordinary State Pension do not qualify on their own)
  • Child Tax Credit, with your gross household income excluding benefits below the relevant threshold for your household composition *
  • Working Tax Credit, with your gross household income excluding benefits below the relevant threshold for your household composition *
  • Universal Credit, with your gross household income excluding benefits below the relevant threshold for your household composition *
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Income Support

* Please see the table below showing the household income thresholds for qualification under the Affordable Warmth Scheme

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

Boilers Rated C and Below: Your existing central heating boiler must be classified as both inefficient and faulty to be repaired or replaced under the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme.

A and B rated Boilers: Your existing central heating boiler must be faulty and cost more to repair than to replace.

Energy Efficiency – SAP 2009 Annual Efficiency and SEDBUK

The Government’s recommended testing system, the Standard Assessment Procedure 2009 (or SAP 2009) is used to measure the energy efficiency of domestic central heating boilers in the United Kingdom and it uses information from the SEDBUK database.

SEDBUK (Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK) is an estimate of the seasonal efficiency of a domestic central heating boiler when working in typical conditions in the United Kingdom which is used in SAP assessments and also in Building Regulations.  SEDBUK provides the main database from which a judgement is made as to whether an existing boiler qualifies for replacement under the Affordable Warmth scheme.

SEDBUK ratings for domestic central heating boilers are expressed in percentage bands, relating to the estimated level of energy efficiency. Until October 2010 the percentage energy efficiency bands were also expressed on an ‘A’ to ‘G’ rating but this was withdrawn to avoid confusion with the new European energy labelling system which is similar to that used for other domestic appliances such as refrigerators.

Rating Percentage
A 90% and above
B 86% – 90%
C 82% – 86%
D 78% – 82%
E 74% – 78%
F 70% – 74%
G Below 70%
*Old ‘A’ to ‘G’ Rating used up to Oct. 2010 SEDBUK Percentage Ratings

 

Faults with your Existing Central Heating Boiler

Your existing central heating system must also have developed one of the following faults for it to qualify for the free installation of a new energy efficient ‘A’ rated central heating boiler under the Affordable Warmth scheme:

• The burner does not light
• The burner lights but there are still problems with the boiler
• The boiler operates but then over heats causing it to shut down
• The burner flame is yellow
• The boiler makes banging sounds or is noisy
• The boiler has a gas or water leak
• The boiler is corroded
• Other faults with your central heating boiler or the condition of your heating system may also qualify. The Technical Surveyor will report the condition and an officer involved with the Affordable Warmth Scheme will make a decision as to whether you qualify for a boiler grant.

To qualify for a storage heater grant, at least one of your storage heaters must be faulty or inefficient.

You may get electric night storage heaters or an ‘A’ Rated energy efficient central heating boiler, installed free of charge

The obvious benefit for the householder is that you get a brand new, energy efficient boiler or storage heaters. This is also of benefit to a landlord who gets his or her property upgraded with a boiler or storage heaters.

A new central heating boiler should not require the same level of maintenance in its early years as your old boiler would have done, so you should also save the cost of any potential repairs to your old boiler. And the new central heating boiler will also come with a new guarantee.

In addition, the new energy efficient central heating boiler should add value to your home and help when you come to sell it.

Lower heating bills

Replacing an old inefficient and faulty ‘G’ rated central heating boiler for a new energy efficient ‘A’ rated central heating boiler can save you up to 35% on your heating bills. Based on a typical three bedroom house, this can be over £300 per year.

The AFFORDABLE WARMTH SCHEME provides funding for STORAGE HEATER GRANTS and BOILER GRANTS............
............................APPLY FOR YOUR AFFORDABLE WARMTH SCHEME GRANT TODAY
Apply for your Free Storage Heaters Grant or Free Boiler Grant from the Affordable Warmth Scheme