ECO Scheme Storage Heater Grants and Boiler Grants

Free Storage Heaters - Dimplex Quantum Storage Heaters are available with Free Storage Heater Grants

Affordable Warmth Scheme: Do I Qualify for a Storage Heater Grant or a Boiler Grant?

Free Boiler Grants are available with the Affordable warmth Scheme

Affordable Warmth Scheme Grants are only available to replace storage heaters and boilers on a 'like for like' basis.
Storage Heater Grants are only available to replace your existing faulty storage heaters.
Boiler Grants are only available to replace your existing faulty central heating boiler.

To qualify for a Boiler Grant or a Storage Heater Grant you need to satisfy the scheme's rules with regard to:

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

Different rules apply to householders in council properties and housing association properties.

Proof of ownership or rental for your home

Your ECO Accredited boiler installer or storage heater installer will require documentary evidence that you live in the property for which you are applying for an Affordable Warmth Scheme Storage Heater Grant or Boiler Grant.

This may be the deeds to your home if you own it, a mortgage agreement if applicable or a copy of your rental agreement.

Your Landlord’s Approval

If you rent your home you will need your landlord’s approval for the installation of a new boiler or storage heaters but this will be organised by your installer.

You must receive at least one of the following benefits:

  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)#
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)#
  • Attendance Allowance#
  • Carer’s Allowance#
  • Severe Disablement Allowance#
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit#
  • Child Benefit (subject to income)#
  • War Pensions Mobility Allowance#
  • Constant Attendance Allowance#
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment#

#Proposed additional qualifying benefits from October 2018.

You must have a faulty central heating boiler or faulty electric storage heaters installed in your home.

Electric Storage Heaters

The electric storage heaters installed in your home must be faulty at the time of your application.

Central Heating Boilers

You must have a faulty central heating boiler installed in your home at the time of application.

Boiler Grants are available for:

Affordable Warmth Scheme Grants are only awarded to replace existing boilers or storage heaters.

Affordable Warmth Scheme - Storage Heater Grant Qualifying Criteria October 2018 - ECO3 Child Benefit Income Thresholds

Affordable Warmth Scheme Electric Storage Heater Qualification

Affordable Warmth Scheme rules require that the electric storage heaters currently installed in your home are faulty.

If this is the case then you can apply for a storage heater grant to replace the electric storage heaters in your home.

Space Heating Rules (April 2017)

The Government is considering how to deal with the situation where a property has at least one faulty or inefficient storage heater installed but overall does not have a sufficient number of heaters to heat the whole property to the required level.

This may apply to a house with just a few storage heaters where, to provide proper heating, it really requires more new ones to be installed. Funding is not yet available for these extra heaters but if it comes available we will publish information on this website.

Affordable Warmth Scheme Boiler Qualification

To qualify for the Free Boiler Scheme the central heating boiler installed in your home must be:

  • Inefficient (C rated or below) and faulty OR
  • For A and B rated boilers, faulty and would cost more to repair than to replace.

BOILER EFFICIENCY – SEDBUK (Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK)

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

You can check your boiler’s official efficiency rating HERE.

SEDBUK is the main boiler database used by ECO Affordable Warmth funding organisations for the free boiler scheme.

Boiler Grant Qualifying Criteria - Boiler efficiency A to G rating and percentage efficiency

SEDBUK is an estimate of the seasonal efficiency of a domestic central heating boiler when working in typical conditions in the United Kingdom and it is used in SAP assessments and in Building Regulations.

SEDBUK ratings for domestic central heating boilers are expressed in percentage bands, relating to the estimated level of energy efficiency of the boiler. 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.


One of the following faults with your existing central heating system must also apply in order to qualify for the free boiler scheme: –

• Burner does not light

• Burner lights but will not work up to full operating pressure

• Boiler operates but then over heats causing it to shut down

• Boiler operates but is excessively noisy or makes banging noises

• Boiler lights but suffers Vitiation (lack of oxygen)

• Boiler has a gas or water leak which cannot be stopped without fitting a new part

• Operating the boiler causes an RCD or similar to cut out, either completely or intermittently

• Boiler fails a flue gas analysis test 24 hours after being serviced

• Boiler’s burner operates intermittently for no obvious reason

• Boiler operates but when it reaches the set temperature, the burner shuts off

• Integral central heating pump will not run even though the spindle is not stuck

• Boiler suffers severe corrosion which affects or is likely to affect its sealed nature, or in any way makes it unsafe to use

• 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 ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme will make a decision.

This information is only used to help you to determine your eligibility to qualify for the free boiler scheme and you will be asked to provide evidence of any benefits you receive, at the time of the Technical Survey.