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At Eco Green Experts we guess you like your old inefficient boiler replaced, apply today for your Heat Pump grant. You may qualify under the Government’s ECO scheme in 2020 you work han in hand with Eco Green Experts who help you through the process.

At Eco Green Experts the service is completely free to use, we organise your grant and complete your installation as fully accredited and certified home heating experts. A boiler grant is a non-repayable free or subsidised boiler replacement.

Free Boiler Grant Scheme FAQs

Free Boiler Grant Scheme FAQs

What is the Eco 3 scheme

The Affordable Warmth Scheme is part of ECO (Energy Companies Obligations), set up by the Government to help householders reduce their heating bills. Affordable Warmth does this by providing grants to fund the replacement of inefficient and faulty electric storage heaters and central heating boilers.

It also provides funding to install cavity wall insulation and loft insulation where there is currently none installed. The scheme’s funding is targeted at low income households which are suffering from fuel poverty and to qualify, you must receive certain State Benefits.

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.

There are three Energy Companies Obligations: the Carbon Saving Obligation, the Community Carbon Saving Obligation and the Affordable Warmth Obligation.

The new ECO Scheme which started on 1st April 2017 was subject to another Parliamentary Order dated 2017.

Who qualifies for a Free Boiler Grant

To qualify for a Storage Heater Grant or a Boiler Grant you must satisfy ALL 3 of the following criteria:

1. 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).

2. You must receive one of the following State Benefits:

  • Guaranteed Pension Credit (Savings Credit and ordinary State Pension do NOT qualify on their own).
  • Child Tax Credit*
  • Working Tax Credit*
  • Universal Credit*
  • Income Support
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance

* Maximum household income thresholds (based on the number of adults and children who live in your home) apply to these State Benefits and these can be found in the table below.

3. You must have at least one existing electric night storage heater installed in your home which is faulty.

Where does the money come from?

The Government has set carbon emission reduction 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 agreed to make up to £1.3 billion per year available (to March 2015) to pay for new electric storage heaters, energy efficient boilers, cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation and loft insulation in certain households.

A levy is placed on every householder’s electricity bill.  It is collected by the energy companies and paid into an ECO Fund, from where ECO grants are paid.

The original ECO Scheme was due to end in March 2015 but was extended to 31st March 2017.  A new ECO Scheme started in 1st April 2017 and although less overall funding will be available, a higher proportion of will be directed to the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

Which boilers qualify for replacement?

Boiler Grants are available for:

  • Gas Boilers
  • Oil Boilers
  • LPG Boilers
  • Solid Fuel Boilers

To qualify for a boiler grant your existing boiler must be:

  • Less than 86% efficient and faulty OR
  • More than 86 % efficient, faulty AND cost more to repair than to replace.

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.

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