ECO Scheme Storage Heater Grants and Boiler Grants

FREE BOILER GRANTS available from the Affordable Warmth Scheme

Free Boiler Grants are available for Gas Boilers, Oil Boilers and LPG Boilers

You may qualify if you live in your own home or rent it from a private landlord AND receive certain State Benefits.

We have helped over 20,000 householders with their FREE BOILER GRANT Application

Apply for a FREE BOILER with the Affordable Warmth Scheme

Complete the FREE BOILER GRANT Application Form below to see if YOU Qualify

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  • 1. Your Details:

  • We need this to confirm that you qualify for a boiler grant
Background to the Free Boiler Grant Scheme

As part of its policy on climate change, the UK Government has agreed to legally binding international commitments to reduce potentially harmful emissions caused by the production of energy from fossil fuels.

Reducing household energy bills

At the same time, the Government has set targets to reduce fuel poverty by helping low income households to reduce their fuel consumption by installing energy efficient central heating boilers.

Under the Affordable Warmth Obligation, if you satisfy certain criteria relating to state benefits and the condition of your existing central heating system, you can benefit from a Free Boiler.

Will it cost me anything?

Due to current funding restrictions for the Affordable Warmth Scheme some householders may be asked to contribute to the cost of installation. Consequently, not every applicant will get a free boiler. The installer not be able to advise you of this until after your free survey has been carried out.

The value of Free Boiler Grants are based on the type of property you live in, how many bedrooms it has and several other factors.

Qualifying Criteria for the Free Boiler Grant Scheme

To apply for a Free Boiler Grant you need to satisfy ALL 3 of the following criteria:

You live in your own home or you rent your home from a private landlord (see the information below regarding council houses and housing association properties).

You receive one of these State Benefits:

  • Guaranteed Pension Credit (Pension Credit Savings Credit and Ordinary State Pension do not qualify)
  • Child Tax Credit*
  • Working Tax Credit*
  • Income Support,
  • Universal Credit*
  • Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance or
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance

You must have a boiler installed in your home which is faulty.

Benefits marked with an * are subject to maximum household income thresholds based on the number of adults and children living in your home.

Click HERE for more detailed information about the Free Boiler qualifying criteria.

If you receive a Free Boiler Grant, you will not have to repay it at any time, even if you move house.

Are Council Houses and Housing Association Properties included in the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

YES but qualifying criteria and products available are different for householders in this type of property.

Householders in social housing (council and housing association properties) may qualify for insulation grants if the property has an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of E, F or G. ECO Grants are also available for the installation of central heating systems in social housing properties BUT ONLY WHERE the property has not had a central heating system installed before, i.e., first time installations.

What’s more, householders in this category do NOT need to receive the State Benefits listed above.

However, (at April 2017) the organisations which fund the ECO Scheme have yet to set out in detail the exact criteria under which applications will be processed. This means that social housing could be included in the free boiler scheme at a later date.

Also, it appears that only those householders in  housing association properties which are wholly owned by the housing association will be able to apply for the free boiler scheme. Shared ownership properties will not be included in the scheme for now.

The current ECO Scheme started on 1st April 2017 and is scheduled to run for 18 months whilst discussions are held to determine the details of a new 4 year ECO Scheme from the end of September 2018. So, as with most Government Schemes, the free boiler grant scheme qualifying criteria may well change.

How does the Free Boiler Grant Scheme work?

The Government has set targets for the large energy companies to reduce their carbon emissions from energy production.

As part of this commitment to carbon reduction, energy companies have provided funding to pay for more energy efficient heating systems and better insulation in qualifying homes, including a free boiler in some cases.

In this way qualifying households will use less energy and therefore emit less carbon dioxide, thus helping energy companies to meet their carbon reduction targets.

Energy Companies Obligations

The Electricity and Gas (Energy Companies Obligation) Order 2012 was passed by Parliament in December 2012 and it set up the ‘Energy Companies Obligations’, referred to as ‘ECO’. The Affordable Warmth Scheme is part of ECO.

The original ECO Scheme was intended to run until March 2015 but was extended for 2 years as ECO2. The current ECO Free Boiler Grant Scheme started on 1st April 2017 and will run for 18 months. This will provide time to carry out a consultation to determine the rules for a further ECO Scheme which is expected to run until 2022.

The Affordable Warmth Obligation provides funding for households which may be suffering from fuel poverty to apply to have a free boiler and free home insulation installed. The way the Government has decided to target homes is by reference to them receiving certain state benefits.  

ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme 2017 - Free Storage Heaters and Free Boiler Scheme
Free Storage Heaters and Free Boiler Scheme funded by British Gas
Free Storage Heaters and Free Boiler Scheme funded by EDF Energy
ree Storage Heaters and Free Boiler Scheme funded by E-on UK
Free Storage Heaters and Free Boiler Scheme funded by nPower
Free Storage Heaters and Free Boiler Scheme funded by Scottish and Southern Energy
Free Storage Heaters and Free Boiler Scheme funded by Scottish Power

Will funding for Free Boiler Grants run out?

In a word YES, even politicians believe that there isn’t enough ECO funding for free boiler grants for all those who qualify.

In an answer to a question by Caroline Flint MP in 2013, Gregory Barker MP, the then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change commented that “around 230,000 households on low incomes or in low income areas will be assisted through ECO each scheme year”. 

That all seems very worthy but the last estimate for the number of homes suffering from fuel poverty in the United Kingdom was almost five million, or around 19% of all domestic properties.

With more austerity measures planned as the Government deals with Brexit negotiations, it is likely that many householders who are entitled to apply for a free boiler may not be successful.

If you feel that you may be entitled to a Free Boiler Grant, you should apply immediately whilst ECO funding is still available.

Apply for your Free Storage Heaters Grant or Free Boiler Grant from the Affordable Warmth Scheme
Apply for your Free Storage Heaters Grant or Free Boiler Grant from the Affordable Warmth Scheme