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First Time Central Heating Grant FAQs

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First Time Central Heating Grant FAQs

The main criteria to qualify for a First Time Central Heating Grant is being that the property does not have central heating, and there is gas to the property.

The property can be anywhere in England, Scotland or Wales to qualify for the first time central heating grant.

We aim to Achieve ‘Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) 2030’ with Government Funding.

For a Free Boiler Grant the prevailing trend from government is to reduce grant and increase legislation pressure on landlords. Act now to insulate yourself from cost of achieving Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard MEES.

The government guidance for first time central heating grant state install must be:

  • A central heating system or a connection to a district heating system
  • Renewable options available to EPC Score G to A
  • Main Gas option only available for EPC Score E to A
  • And installed into a dwelling that: has never had a central heating system
  • Or heated by electric storage heaters which are all either broken or inefficient

First Time Central Heating Grant FAQs

First Time Central Heating Grant FAQs

Who can apply for first time central heating grants?

First Time Central Heating Grants are available to home owners, and tenants in privately rented homes.

Tenants in homes owned by your local council or a housing association and householders who live in shared ownership homes do not qualify for a First Time Central Heating under ECO Scheme rules.

Will I have to contribute to the cost a new central heating system?

First Time Central Heating cover the full cost of installing a central heating system in your home in many cases.

However, some householders may have to make a contribution. A free survey of your home and any existing heating system will be carried out to determine whether a contribution is required.

I don’t receive one of the qualifying benefits can I still apply for a First Time Central Heating?

If you do not receive any of the relevant benefits you may still qualify for first time central heating grants under the ECO Scheme’s ECO Flex Rules.

Local councils can recommend that householders receive a First Time Central Heating if they satisfy their ECO Flex rules. An example may be where a householder needs to spend more than 10% of household income to heat the home.

I don’t receive any of the qualifying benefits but someone who lives with me does, can I still apply?

Yes.

If someone who lives with you on a permanently basis receives one of the qualifying benefits you can still apply for central heating grants. The Central Heating Grants application will be in their name.

Also, the letter confirming that they receive a qualifying benefit letter must have your address on it.

What if I don’t have a gas supply to my home?

First Time Central Heating do not cover the cost of installing gas in your home but other grants may be available to cover this. For example, Council’s offer grants to connect a gas supply for householders who qualify for Central Heating Grants. You will also need to arrange to have a gas meter installed in your home.

How do I apply for a First Time Central Heating?

To apply for a First Time Central Heating householders should complete the application form on this website page.

If we can help, we will telephone you to let you know whether satisfy central heating grants qualifying criteria based on the information you have provided.

We will arrange a free survey of your home and the existing heating system and the surveyor will complete the official grant application form for you. Also, with your permission, an electronic check will be made with the Department for Work and Pensions that you do receive one of the qualifying benefits.

What do First Time Central Heating cover?

First Time Central Heating cover the cost of supplying and installing a central heating boiler together with radiators, pipework and room thermostat.

If any plaster work is damaged during the installation this will be repaired but central heating grants do not cover the cost of redecorating your home.

First Time Central Heating do not cover the cost of providing a gas supply to your home.

What if central heating has been fitted in my home but has been removed?

First Time Central Heating are only available to help pay for the installation of central heating systems in homes which have never had a central heating system.

Householders in homes where a central heating system has been removed do not qualify for central heating grants.

What if I am not sure whether central heating has been fitted in my home before but removed?

Central Heating Grants rules require that householders must sign a declaration confirming the following:

“I, the owner of the premises, declare that to the best of my knowledge, at no point prior to the installation of the first time central heating, first time district heating system or first time renewable heating system, did the premises have a central heating system, district heating system, or renewable heating system nor, immediately prior to the installation, did the premises did have a working, efficient electric storage heater(s).”

Why do I have to insulate my home before central heating can be installed?

Central Heating Grants scheme rules require that cavity wall insulation and loft insulation must be installed in your home unless it is already present prior to the installation of the central heating system.

This is to ensure that you benefit fully from the central heating system without unnecessary heat loss through the walls and roof of your home.

Are First Time Central Heating available throughout the whole of the UK?

First Time Central Heating are available in England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland has its own scheme but we do not deal with it.

However, currently we do not process applications for Central Heating Grants in all areas of England, Scotland and Wales.

The situation is changing regularly so please apply for a First Time Central Heating using the form on this page. If we can help we will call you back, if not, we will contact you as soon as we can process central heating grants in your area.

Where does the money come from for First Time Central Heating Grants?

First Time Central Heating are provided by the Affordable Warmth Scheme which is part of the Government’s ECO Scheme.

A levy of around £30 to £35 is added to every household’s electricity bill. This money is collected by your energy supplier and paid into the ECO fund.

Home owners and tenants who qualify for central heating grants are allocated a grant from the ECO fund. The amount of the grant is based on the results of your free home survey. Central heating grants are paid directly to your ECO authorised installation company once your central heating system has been installed.

How long will First Time Central Heating be available?

First Time Central Heating from the Government’s ECO Scheme should be available up to the end of March 2022.

This is when the current version of the ECO Scheme, ECO3, is scheduled to finish. However, since the ECO Scheme was first introduced in 2013 there have been many changes, some of which were introduced with very little notice.

Householders who think that they may qualify for a First Time Central Heating should apply straight away, whilst ECO funding is still available.

The Government has indicated that funding for the installation of heating systems and insulation will be supported in some form until at least 2028 but it is likely that ECO Scheme rules will change.

The ECO Scheme is part of the Government’s plan to help reduce carbon emissions from homes and helping low income households to heat their homes properly.

How do I get a First Time Central Heating Grant?

How do I get a First Time Central Heating Grant?

A Free Boiler Grant and heavily subsidised replacement boilers are available via ECO, a Government Scheme which has been set up to help low-income households access home efficiency improvements to reduce the cost of heating their homes, and to reduce their carbon footprints.

If you meet the benefits related criteria for a Free Boiler Grant, and your current boiler is at least 6 years old (not condensing), you could qualify. It is as simple as that.

Free Boiler Grants are non-repayable, this means you do not have to pay any money back at any time. There are no complicated terms and conditions. If you qualify for a grant, you can have a new boiler installed along with new heating controls (where necessary).

The amount of funding you get is determined by the efficiency of your home, so an energy assessment will be carried out free of charge. In some instances, a small contribution may be required.

Do Householders in Privately Rented Homes, Council Houses and Housing Association Properties qualify for ECO3 Grants?

YES but qualifying criteria and products available are different for householders in this type of property and they are unlikely to qualify for free boiler grants.

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. Householders in privately rented homes may qualify for ECO3 heating system grants and insulation grants but NOT to replace broken heating systems.  Free boiler grants to replace broken boilers are not available to private tenants because it is the landlord’s responsibility to provide a working heating system.

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, to March 2017. The current ECO Free Boiler Grant Scheme started on 1st October 2018 and will run until March 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.

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 the ECO scheme each 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 qualify for the Free Boiler Grants Scheme, you should apply immediately whilst ECO funding is still available.

How qualifies for a First Time Central Heating Grant?

How qualifies for a free boiler grant?

If you receive the correct combination of income-related benefits, including Tax Credits, Universal Credits, Carers or Attendance Allowance, ESA or JSA, then you could have your old boiler replaced with a brand new boiler for little, to no cost (full list of benefits below). Fingers crossed you are eligable for a Free Boiler Grant

As well as receiving the correct combination of benefits, your current gas, oil or LPG boiler must have been installed before 2013.

If it is less than 6 years old, the scheme makes an assumption that is more cost effective to repair your old boiler, than it is to have it replaced on the scheme.

Some of the benefits mean that you will qualify for a boiler grant automatically, with no other requirements. With some others you may need to have an extra qualifying component such as being responsible for a child under 16, or earning below a certain gross amount. The full criteria can be discussed during the application process.

If you don’t claim any benefits please contact us to see what our latest finance offers are.

Eligibility for low-income on the Green Homes Grant scheme

You qualify for the Free Boiler Scheme low-income scheme if you receive at least one of the following benefits:

• Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
• Income based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
• Income Support (IS)
• Pension Guarantee Credit
• Working Tax Credit (WTC)
• Child Tax Credits (CTC)
• Universal Credit (UC)
• Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
• Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
• Attendance Allowance
• Carer’s Allowance
• Severe Disablement Allowance
• Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
• Contribution based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
• Contribution based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
• Housing benefit

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. Offering Free Boiler Grants will help towards this objective.

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 may qualify for Free Boiler Grants.

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 so just apply and your on your was for a Free Boiler Grant

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.

Eco Green Experts exsplain the Governments Eco 3 scheme

Eco Green Experts exsplain the Governments Eco 3 scheme

Eco Green Experts Work hand in hand with the The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty to offer certain critira home a Free Boiler Grant.

The scheme began in April 2013, and over time it has been amended. The latest policy, ECO3, commenced on 3 December 2018, and applies to measures completed from 1 October 2018.

You can see a summary of the changes made to the scheme in 2018 on the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s.

This ECO policy will be entirely formed from one obligation, the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO). Under HHCRO, obligated suppliers must mainly promote measures which improve the ability of low income, fuel poor and vulnerable households to heat their homes. This includes actions that result in heating savings, such as the replacement of a broken heating system or the upgrade of an inefficient heating system.

Under ECO2t, which ran from 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2018, suppliers were also required to deliver against an additional obligation called the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO).

Im a Homeowner Do I Qualify?

Im a Homeowner Do I Qualify?

If you’re a homeowner in need of a new boiler, help is available today. You only need one person in your household to be in receipt of one of a range of benefits in order to qualify under the Government’s ECO Scheme. As part of this initiative, the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers are obliged to provide grants towards the installation of energy saving boilers for those who have boilers more than 7 years old.

Free Boiler Grant have supplied over 60,000 residents across the UK with new energy-efficient boilers. If there is anyone in your home in receipt of any of the following income-related benefits, then you could be eligible to join the scheme too.

Im a Single Parents Do I Qualify?

Im a Single Parents Do I Qualify?

As well as being a single parent in receipt of government benefit, there are two more qualifying factors required in order to access the government boiler scheme for single parents:

  1. Firstly, you must be a current homeowner in the UK
  2. Secondly, your boiler system must have been in use for at least seven years. This is because the scheme makes an assumption that it will be a lot more cost-effective to repair newer boiler models rather than to fully replace them.

As long as you meet the above two requirements and you’re a single parent with a responsibility for a child under the age of 16 you are eligiable then it’s highly likely that you qualify for the government backed Free Boiler Grant for single parents. It’s quick and easy to apply, we know how precious your time is, so just fill out your postcode on our website and complete our 60-second online form now!

Im a Pensioner Do I Qualify?

Im a Pensioner Do I Qualify?

For Pensioners heating your home all year round is very important, especially through the long winter months, can be very costly, even more so if your boiler is 7+ years old and inefficient. For many pensioners, this is a real worry, especially if your boiler breaks down frequently or needs replacing completely.

If you or anyone else in your household receives Pension Credits, or any other benefits from the UK government, then it’s highly likely that you’ll be eligible for our boiler replacement grant scheme. Alongside Pension Credits.

Im a Landlords & Tenant Do I Qualify?

Im a Landlords & Tenant Do I Qualify?

Landlords & Tenant are you in need of a new boiler, help is available today. You only need one person in your household to be in receipt of one of a range of benefits in order to qualify under the Government’s ECO Scheme. As part of this initiative, the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers are obliged to provide grants towards the installation of energy saving boilers for those who have boilers more than 7 years old.

Free Boiler Grants have supplied over 60,000 residents across the UK with new energy-efficient boilers. If there is anyone in your home in receipt of any of the following income-related benefits, then you could be eligible to join the scheme too.

Cavity Wall Insulation Grant?

Cavity Wall Insulation Grant

About a third of all the heat lost in an uninsulated home escapes through the walls.

In general, houses built from the 1990s onwards have wall insulation to keep the heat in, but if your house is older than that, it may not have any wall insulation at all. Pre-1920 older houses are more likely to have solid walls.

A solid wall has no cavity; each wall is a single solid wall, usually made of brick or stone.

Your property may be suitable for Party Wall Insulation:

A party wall is a wall built to divide two adjoining buildings. Party wall insulation is installed from the roof space and the outside of the property, causing very little disruption to you.

If your existing cavity wall insulation was fitted prior to 1995, and there is no CIGA guarantee in place, your property may be suitable for replacing the cavity wall insulation with the latest and most efficient insulation.

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