Affordable Warmth Scheme
Do YOU Qualify for a BOILER GRANT
or a STORAGE HEATER GRANT?
Affordable Warmth Scheme and ECO
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which includes the Affordable Warmth Scheme was introduced in January 2013 to help reduce energy consumption in the UK and to help people living in fuel poverty. It does this by funding energy efficient home improvements worth up to £1.3 billion each year, the money is provided by the SIX BIG energy companies.
The main objectives of the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme are to tackle fuel poverty in low income private homes and reduce harmful emissions at the same time.
When is Affordable Warmth Scheme funding available?
ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme funding is available now……The Electricity and Gas (Energy Companies Obligation) Order 2012 was passed by Parliament in December 2012. It came into effect in January 2013 and is scheduled to run initially until March 2017.
Affordable Warmth Scheme is better than the Boiler Scrappage Scheme
The Boiler Scrappage Scheme of a few years ago allowed you to get a discount on a new central heating boiler by trading in your old boiler which was consequently scrapped. In effect, the boiler scrappage scheme merely reduced the cost of having a brand new central heating boiler installed.
The Affordable Warmth Scheme offers qualifying homeowners a much better deal than that by providing a brand new ‘A’ Rated central heating boiler or storage heaters to be installed in their home. The Government and the six major energy companies who are funding the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme expect a much larger take up for this scheme than happened for the boiler scrappage scheme.
Energy Companies Obligations (ECO)
The big six energy companies are providing up to £1.3 billion of funding, both this year and next, which is aimed at tackling fuel poverty in low-income homes. In order to achieve this they have been given three main ‘Obligations’:
- Carbon Saving Community Obligation
The Carbon Saving Community Obligation (CSCO) ensures that at least 15% of the funding provided by the big six energy companies goes towards installing loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and solid wall insulation in the homes of low-income households in rural areas.
- Carbon Emissions Saving Obligation
The Carbon Emissions Saving Obligation (CERO) helps to fund difficult to install insulation measures which can’t be funded solely through the Green Deal initiative.
- ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation
The ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation is commonly referred to as the Affordable Warmth Scheme but is properly known as the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation, of HHCRO. The Affordable Warmth scheme provides funding from energy companies to pay for the installation of heating and insulation products into the private properties of low-income households. It applies to homeowners and tenants who receive particular state benefits, including the elderly, disabled and families who live in poorly heated homes.
Who can install energy efficient products funded by the Affordable Warmth Scheme?
Only accredited installation companies who have been properly vetted and who have arranged funding from one of the six large energy suppliers can install qualifying energy efficient home improvements funded under the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme.
ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme – How can Just a Quote help?
ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme provides funds from the big six energy suppliers for homeowners to install A rated central heating boilers or electric storage heaters to replace inefficient faulty ones. Just a Quote has teamed up with a number of accredited installers of energy efficient home improvements throughout the UK who are authorised to install qualifying products using ECO funding.
We can arrange for a surveyor to visit you, free of charge, to establish whether you qualify for the installation of a new ‘A’ rated energy efficient boiler or storage heaters funded by the Affordable Warmth Scheme.
ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme – Qualifying Criteria
The installation of funded energy efficient home improvements under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) only applies to homeowners living in private properties, including tenants with private landlords. Householders in social housing are excluded from the Affordable Warmth Scheme but may be covered by other schemes.
To qualify for a boiler grant or a storage heater grant funded by the Affordable Warmth Scheme, private householders need to satisfy certain criteria relating to their state benefits and the condition of the existing central heating boiler or storage heaters.
Your State Benefits
To qualify for the Affordable Warmth Scheme, the householder must be a home owner or a tenant in a private property and meet one of the State Benefits or Tax Credits below below.
1. Guaranteed Pension Credit (Savings Credit and ordinary state pension does not qualify)
2. Child Tax Credit *
3. Working Tax Credit *
4. Universal Credit *
5. Income Support
6. Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance
7. Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
* Maximum household income thresholds apply to these Tax Credits
This information will only be used to determine your eligibility to qualify as part of the Affordable Warmth Scheme and you will be asked to provide evidence of any benefits you receive, at the time of the survey.
FREE Affordable Warmth Scheme Technical Survey
The provision of boiler grants and storage heater grants under the Government’s ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme is subject to a survey by a Technical Surveyor but these are carried out FREE OF CHARGE. A Technical Surveyor will visit your home and confirm that your existing central heating boiler or storage heaters qualify. It’s just a short survey with the inevitable form to be completed, and your application will be submitted. You just sit back and wait (hopefully) for the necessary approvals to be granted and then look forward to having a brand new central heating boiler or storage heaters installed.
ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme – Benefits for the Householder
A new energy efficient central heating boiler or storage heaters installed in your home.
Whether you are a homeowner or a tenant, if you qualify for the Affordable Warmth Scheme you may not need to contribute anything at all to the cost of the new boiler or storage heaters, however as the scheme progresses funding could be restricted which may mean that a contribution could be requested.
The Affordable Warmth Scheme is also of benefit to landlords who get their property upgraded with a new ‘A’ Rated central heating boiler or storage heaters and there is no limit to the number of properties you can claim for.
New central heating boilers and storage heaters should not require the same level of maintenance in the early years as your old heating system would, so you will save the cost of an engineer visiting to carry out any potential repairs. The brand new central heating boiler or storage heaters will also come with a new guarantee.
Lower heating bills
Replacing an old inefficient ‘G’ rated central heating boiler for a new energy efficient ‘A’ Rated central heating boiler under the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme can save you up to 35% on your heating bills. Based on a typical three bedroom house, this can be over £300 per year.
Apply for a CENTRAL HEATING BOILER or STORAGE HEATERS with the Affordable Warmth Scheme
If you are eligible for funding under the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme, simply fill in the ‘Book an Appointment’ form and we will call you back to arrange a Technical Survey.
You will need to provide proof of your state benefits and complete a short form – your Affordable Warmth Scheme Technical Surveyor will help you with this. Once a quick checking procedure has been carried out, an accredited installer will contact you to arrange the installation of your new, energy efficient central heating boiler or storage heaters. It’s as simple as that.