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I Qualified For The Afforadble Warmth Scheme

Affordable

Warmth 

Scheme

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Please note that to qualify for a free boiler, you need to live in a private property AND be in receipt of certain State Benefits AND have an inefficient & faulty gas central heating boiler.

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE, PLEASE READ THIS FIRST

Due to recent funding restrictions for this scheme, we can only process applications from householders in parts of the country.  The full list of post code areas we can cover at the moment is: -

FOR REPLACEMENT BOILERS

B, BB, BD, BL, CA, CF, CH, CV, CW, DE, DH, DL, DY, DN (part), FY, HG, L, LA, LE, LL, M, NE, NG (part), NP, OL, PL (west of the Tamar), PR, S, SK, SR, ST, SY, TF, TR, TS, WA, WN, WR, WS & WV.

THESE AREAS CAN CHANGE FREQUENTLY, KEEP CHECKING THE WEBSITE

If you do not live in one of the post code areas above and you complete the form on our website, we will not contact you until we can put you in touch with an installer in your area who has HHCRO funding.  Additionally, some applicants may be asked to contribute to the cost of a replacement boiler if their Affordable Warmth grant is insufficient to cover the cost of the work.

FOR SOLID WALL INSULATION

BB, BL, OL, L, M, PR, WA & WN.

For solid wall insulation, we do not work with any companies which have HHCRO funding available but under a different scheme you may be entitled to a ‘cash-back’ grant of up to £4,000.  You may also be able to meet the balance of the installation cost with the Green Deal.  If you live in one of the post code areas above and express an interest in solid wall insulation, we will pass your details to a local installer of solid wall insulation and they will explain your options. 

We hope that the situation will improve and we will update the website once we have more information.  Other companies or websites may be able to introduce you to installers who operate under the Affordable Warmth scheme in different areas. 

We have dealt with over 5,000 applications for a FREE BOILER since the ECO Affordable Warmth scheme started !!!!!!

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• What is the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme?

The ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme was set up by the Government to help private householders who receive certain State Benefits, who want to make their homes more energy efficient but who may not be able to take advantage of the Green Deal. It provides funding to households which are difficult to make energy efficient (such as houses with solid walls rather than cavity walls) and householders suffering from fuel poverty. The Affordable Warmth Scheme does this by funding the replacement of old, inefficient and faulty central heating boilers with new energy efficient boilers and by paying for the installation of cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and solid wall insulation in those homes which need it.

• Where does the money come from for the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme?

The Government has set carbon emission targets for energy suppliers such as British Gas, EDF Energy, E-On UK, Scottish Power and SSE and fines can be levied for failure to meet these targets. As part of their efforts to meet carbon emission targets, energy suppliers have agreed to make up to £1.3 billion per year available (to March 2015) to pay for new energy efficient boilers, cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation and loft insulation in certain households. It may seem like a substantial amount of money for the energy companies to provide but it could be less than the potential fines for failing to meet their carbon emission targets.

• Do I have to pay anything towards the cost of a boiler or insulation under the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

NO. As long as you meet all of the qualifying criteria for the Affordable Warmth Scheme you will not have to contribute anything at all to the initial survey or the material and labour costs involved in installing an energy efficient central heating boiler, cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation or loft insulation in your home. As long as you qualify under the Affordable Warmth Scheme there will be no cost to you at all, unless that is, you ask the installer to carry out extra work at the same time.

• How much can I expect to save in heating bills by having a free boiler or free insulation installed?

Future savings in your heating bills will depend on many factors, including your existing heating system, how well insulated your home is, how much energy you use and the cost of energy. Typical savings can be estimated however and they are:

  • Replacing a ‘G’ rated boiler with an ‘A’ rated boiler………about £300 per year
  • Installing 270 mm of loft insulation where you had none before ……… about £175 per year
  • Installing an extra 170 mm of loft insulation where you had 100 mm before…….about £25 per year
  • Installing cavity wall insulation where you had none before……….about £150 per year
  • Installing solid wall insulation where you had none before………about £500 per year

(These figures are estimates based on a typical three bedroom semi-detached property)

• How do I apply for a free boiler or free home insulation with Affordable Warmth?

For a free boiler, free cavity wall insulation, free solid wall insulation or free loft insulation under the Affordable Warmth Obligation you can apply online at www.affordablewarmthscheme.co.uk/apply-online

• How long will the Affordable Warmth Obligation last for?

The Affordable Warmth Obligation is scheduled to be available until March 2015 but according to a Government source, even though around £1.3 billion per year will be made available for the ECO schemes, there is only sufficient funding for around 10% of those households which should qualify for a free boiler or free insulation. So it is important to apply for a free boiler or free insulation with the Affordable Warmth Scheme before the funds run out.

• How do I find out if I qualify for a free boiler or free home insulation with ECO Affordable Warmth?

To see if you qualify for a free boiler, free cavity wall insulation, free solid wall insulation or free loft insulation under the Affordable Warmth Obligation you can check online at www.affordablewarmthscheme.co.uk/do-I-qualify

Where can I find out more information about getting a free boiler or free home insulation with ECO Affordable Warmth?

You can get more information about getting a free boiler, free cavity wall insulation, free solid wall insulation or free loft insulation under the Affordable Warmth Obligation by going to www.affordablewarmthscheme.co.uk

• Who installs the free boilers and free home insulation under Affordable Warmth?

Only accredited, professional installers who have been properly vetted and who have been granted funding to carry out energy efficient installations of free boilers and free home insulation under the Affordable Warmth Scheme are allowed to carry out the work. If you are applying for a free boiler with Affordable Warmth, the installer will be on the Gas Safe Register and if you are applying for free cavity wall insulation, free solid wall insulation or free loft insulation the installer should be a member of NIA (National Insulation Association) or CIGA (Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency).

• What is ECO short for?

ECO is the abbreviation of the Energy Companies Obligations which was approved by Parliament in December 2012 with the passing of the The Electricity and Gas (Energy Companies Obligation) Order 2012.

• What are the Energy Companies Obligations?

There are three Energy Companies Obligations: the Carbon Saving Obligation, the Community Carbon Saving Obligation and the Affordable Warmth Obligation. The Affordable Warmth Obligation provides funding for a free boiler or free insulation in qualifying households.

• What is a qualifying household under the ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation?

A qualifying household under the Affordable Warmth Obligation is one where it is privately owned or privately rented, the householder receives certain state benefits and the either the existing boiler is inefficient and faulty, or the property has inadequate insulation.

ECO Affordable Warmth Criteria

• How do I know if my boiler is classed as inefficient under the ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation?

A boiler is classed as inefficient under the ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation if it is less than 86% efficient or if it is rated as C or below on the A to G energy efficiency rating system.

• How do I know if my boiler is classed as faulty under the ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation?

A boiler is classed as faulty under the Affordable Warmth Obligation if it has one of the following faults:

  • 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.

• Which benefits must I receive to qualify for a free boiler with the ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation?

To qualify for the Affordable Warmth Obligation with regard to State Benefits, you must satisfy the criteria in A, B, C OR D below:

A. Receive State Pension Credit

B. Receive Child Tax Credit (with a relevant income below £15,860)

C. You must be in receipt of:

  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance or
  • Income Related Employment & Support Allowance or
  • Income Support.

PLUS one of the following:

  • Disabled Child Premium
  • Have parental responsibility for a child aged under 16 who lives at the property
  • Have parental responsibility for a child aged 16 or over but under 20, who lives at the property and is in full-time education (not in higher education, such as at a university)
  • Pension Premium (either Higher or Enhanced)
  • Child Tax Credit which includes a Disability or Severe Disability element
  • Disability Premium (either Higher or Enhanced)
  • Work Related Activity or Support Component (with Income Related Employment & Support Allowance only)

D. You must be in receipt of:

  • Working Tax Credit (with a relevant income below £15,860)

PLUS one of the following:

  • Have parental responsibility for a child aged under 16 who lives at the property
  • Have parental responsibility for a child aged 16 or over but under 20, who lives at the property and is in full-time education (not in higher education, such as at a university)
  • Disabled Worker Element or Severe Disability Element
  • Aged 60 or over