Free Boiler Scheme

Boiler Grants Scheme

FROM JULY 2016 WE CAN ARRANGE

OIL BOILER GRANTS, 

LPG BOILER GRANTS,

NATURAL GAS BOILER GRANTS

SOLID FUEL BOILER GRANTS &

ELECTRIC STORAGE HEATER GRANTS

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY 

 

We cover the whole of the UK mainland and our group has processed over 12,000 applications under the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

The Affordable Warmth Free Boiler Scheme is scheduled to run until March 2017 but there have been funding restrictions in the past and we advise householders who think that they may qualify to apply as soon as possible whilst funding is still available.

You can apply for the free boiler scheme if you:

  • live in a private house (either owned or rented),
  • you receive certain state benefits and
  • you have an inefficient and faulty boiler.

Qualifying Criteria for the Free Boiler Scheme

To qualify for the free boiler scheme you must live in a private house (social housing is excluded), receive certain state benefits and have an inefficient or faulty central heating boiler.  

From July 2016 we can also arrange to replace oil boilers or LPG boilers under the free boiler scheme.  We  do not offer full heating installations where you do not have central heating.  This scheme deals purely with the replacement of central heating boilers for households which qualify. 

In more detail, the qualifying criteria for the free boiler scheme are:

1. Your Home

You must be:

• A home owner (you own your home outright or you have a mortgage) or
• A tenant in a privately owned property

2. Your Benefits

You must satisfy either, A, B, C, D or E below:

A. Receive State Pension Credit.
B. Receive Child Tax Credit and have a household income below £16,010.

C. Receive one of these income related benefits:

• Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
• Income related Employment & Support Allowance (not contribution based ESA)
• Income Support

And one from this list must also apply:

• Disabled Child Premium
• Parental responsibility for a child under 16 years of age, who live at the property
• 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. Receive Working Tax Credit and have a household income below £16,010.

And one from this list must also apply:

• Parental responsibility for a child under 16 who lives at the property
• 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

E. Receive Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of £1,250 or less in any assessment period in the previous 12 months. And at least one from the following list also applies:

• You have parental responsibility for a child under 16 who lives with you at the property

• You have parental responsibility for a child aged 16 or over but under 20, who lives with you at the property and is in full-time education (not in higher education, such as at a university)

• Work Related Activity or Support Component

• You receive Disability Living Allowance payment (DLA)

 • You receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

3. Your Existing Boiler or Electric Storage Heaters

Your existing central heating boiler or storage heaters must be faulty to be replaced under the Affordable Warmth. For this to be confirmed, a free technical survey must be carried out. 

Central heating boilers which were rated at C or below in the energy efficiency ratings will qualify for replacement if they are faulty. A and B rated central heating boilers will qualify for a boiler grant if they are faulty AND they would cost more to repair than to replace.

Your existing electric storage heaters simply need to be faulty to qualify for a storage heater grant.

When you apply for the free boiler scheme we will need to know the exact make and model of your existing gas boiler.  We will check it against a database known as SEDBUK (Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK) and we will be able to tell you whether it should qualify.

SEDBUK ratings for domestic central heating boilers are expressed in percentage bands, relating to their estimated level of energy efficiency but most people refer to boiler efficiency in the ‘A’ to ‘G’ rating system.  Both systems are shown below:

Rating Percentage
A 90% and above
B 86% – 90%
C 82% – 86%
D 78% – 82%
E 74% – 78%
F 70% – 74%
G Below 70%
*Old ‘A’ to ‘G’ Rating used up to Oct. 2010 SEDBUK Percentage Ratings

Faults with your Existing Central Heating Boiler

Your existing central heating system must also have developed one of the following faults for it to qualify for replacement under the Affordable Warmth free boiler scheme: –

• The burner does not light
• The burner lights but there are still problems with the boiler
• The boiler operates but then over heats causing it to shut down
• The burner flame is yellow
• The boiler makes banging sounds or is noisy
• The boiler has a gas or water leak
• The boiler is corroded

You can apply for the free boiler scheme by clicking HERE if you live in a private house (either owned or rented), you receive certain state benefits and you have an inefficient and faulty boiler.

Free Boiler Scheme for Landlords

Although landlords of private properties can register their interest in the free boiler scheme for private properties in which they have tenants, the tenant is the applicant, not the landlord.  Landlords should ensure that they have the tenant’s permission to pass their personal details to us before completing the application form.

There is no limit to the number of properties which a landlord can have replacement boilers fitted in, as long as the tenant in the property at the time and the existing boiler meets the qualifying criteria.  Where a tenant applies for the free boiler scheme, landlord’s consent is required before any installation can take place.

Landlords who think that their tenant may qualify for the free boiler scheme should register their interest HERE.

Energy Companies Obligation

The Energy Companies Obligation was set up by an Act of Parliament and it requires the major energy companies to provide funding to help tackle fuel poverty in domestic households.  There are three Energy Company Obligations:

  •  Carbon Saving Community Obligation

The Carbon Saving Community Obligation, shortened to CSCO, is designed to ensure that at least 15% of the funding provided by the six main energy companies goes towards installing energy efficient home improvements in the homes of low-income households in rural areas.

  •  Carbon Emissions Saving Obligation

The Carbon Emissions Saving Obligation, shortened to CERO, helps to fund difficult to install insulation measures which can’t be funded solely through the Green Deal initiative, such as solid wall insulation (which would almost certainly fail to meet the Green Deal’s ‘Golden Rule’ criteria).

  •  Affordable Warmth Obligation

The Affordable Warmth Obligation is properly referred to as the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation, or HHCRO.  HHCRO provides funding to cover the cost of installing certain heating and insulation products, such as a free boiler, into the private properties of low-income households. The Affordable Warmth free boiler scheme applies to homeowners and tenants who live in poorly heated and insulated homes and who receive certain state benefits.  The Affordable Warmth free boiler scheme is targeted at low-income households, the elderly and the disabled.

Types of heating system covered by the Free Boiler Scheme

All types of gas central heating boilers are covered by the Affordable Warmth Free Boiler Scheme from July 2016, including

  • free oil boilers
  • free LPG boilers
  • free natural gas boilers
  • free solid fuel boilers
  • free electric storage heaters

Although some installers choose not to replace back boilers because of the extra work involved, most of our installers do replace back boilers.

Like for Like replacement boilers

Affordable Warmth free boiler scheme funding only normally applies to the replacement of boilers on a like for like basis, so if you have a combi boiler it will be replaced with a new combi boiler and if you have a system boiler (with a hot water tank) it will be replaced with a new system boiler.  The only exceptions to this are back boilers and floor mounted boilers, which tend to be replaced with system boilers.  However, your surveyor will be able to explain the situation based on your particular circumstances.

There are three main types of condensing boiler

1. Combi Boilers

Layout of a central heating system with a combi boiler which is available with the free boiler scheme

Layout of a central heating system with a combi boiler

A combi boiler, or combination boiler combines parts of a traditional central heating system which would otherwise need an external pump, a cold water tank and a separate hot water storage tank.  Combi boilers provide heat for radiators whilst domestic hot water is supplied on demand. When a hot tap is turned on water is immediately taken from the mains supply and heated in the combi boiler before being made available at the hot tap. Combi boilers are the best-selling type of domestic central heating boiler in the UK but are only suitable for smaller properties where a family can manage without stored hot water in a hot water tank.

2. Regular or Heat Only Boilers

Free boiler scheme - Layout of a central heating system with a heat only boiler

Layout of a central heating system with a heat only boiler

Heat only boilers were used in most traditional domestic central heating systems in the UK prior to 1970.  In addition to providing heat for radiators directly, they produce hot water which is then stored in a separate hot water cylinder, often in an airing cupboard.  Cold water is supplied directly to the boiler by gravity from a cold water tank normally in the loft.  Heat only boilers are more suitable than combi boilers for larger households where hot water may be required at more than one tap at a time.

3. System Boilers

Layout of a central heating system with a system boiler which is available on the free boiler scheme

Layout of a central heating system with a system boiler

A system boiler works on a similar principle to a traditional heat only boiler but many of the major components such as the pump and expansion vessel are built within the boiler rather than being separate to it. It is therefore sometimes referred to as a sealed system.  Many of the advantages of heat only boilers also apply to system boilers except that there is no need for a feed and expansion tank in your loft.  System boilers can also be used with pressurised cylinders which means that you wouldn’t need a cold water tank.

You can apply for the free boiler scheme by clicking HERE if you live in a private house (either owned or rented), you receive certain state benefits and you have an inefficient and faulty boiler.

One pipe or two pipe central heating systems

One pipe central heating system

With a one pipe central heating system, one water flow pipe serves all of the radiators in sequence which results in a gradual reduction in the temperature of the hot water in the pipe as it travels around the house.  The installation of a new ‘A’ rated condensing boiler into a property with a one pipe system will require new pipework to transform it into a two pipe system.  The cost of this pipework is not normally covered by the Free Boiler Scheme.

Free boiler scheme -

One pipe central heating system

Two pipe central heating system

With a two pipe central heating system, the water heated by a boiler is fed to radiators through one pipe whilst cooler water returns from each radiator through a different pipe system.  This means that a more even temperature can be created in all radiators with a two pipe system than with a one pipe system.

Free boiler scheme - Two pipe central heating system

Two pipe central heating system

FROM JULY 2016 WE CAN ARRANGE

OIL BOILER GRANTS, 

LPG BOILER GRANTS,

NATURAL GAS BOILER GRANTS

SOLID FUEL BOILER GRANTS &

ELECTRIC STORAGE HEATER GRANTS