The way that Central Heating Grants, 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 normally has 4 external walls, a semi-detached house 3 external walls and a mid-terraced house just 2.
- More bedrooms. A four bedroom semi-detached house will attract a higher grant than a three bedroom semi-detached house.
- Larger homes (by volume) attract higher grants than smaller homes.
- Properties with solid walls attract higher grants than those with cavity walls.
- Badly insulated properties 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 electric panel heaters 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.