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Free Boiler Scheme (with no upfront costs)

How does the Free Boiler Scheme Work?

The Government has set targets for energy companies to reduce their carbon emissions from energy production. As part of this commitment to carbon reduction, energy companies have provided up to £1.3 billion per year, until March 2015 (and may be beyond - TBC) to pay for more energy efficient heating systems and better insulation in qualifying homes. 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 (ECO)

The Electricity and Gas (Energy Companies Obligation) Order 2012 was passed by Parliament in December 2012 and it set up three main ‘Energy Companies Obligations’, referred to as ‘ECO’. These are the ECO Carbon Saving Obligation, the ECO Carbon Saving Community Obligation and the ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation. The ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation provides funding for households which may be suffering from fuel poverty to have a free boiler and free home insulation installed. Fuel poverty is defined as occurring when a household needs to use at least 10% of its income to warm the home to an agreed standard which is approx 20 -22º centigrade in the main living areas and approx 18º in other habitable areas.

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Who can apply for a free boiler?

Do I qualify for the free boiler scheme?

As long as you own your own home or you are a tenant living in privately rented accommodation (and you have your landlord's permission) you might be eligible for a 100% boiler grant to replace your old boiler.

But you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits immediately below:

  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with an income of £15,860 or less)
  • Working Tax Credit (with an income of £15,860 or less)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment Support Allowance

Or if you receive Income Support, Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance or Income-Related Employment Support Allowance then one extra condition must also apply from the following.

  • You have a child under 16
  • You have a child under 20 in full-time education (not university)
  • You get Child Tax Credit including a disability element
  • You get a Disabled Child Premium
  • You get a Disability Premium
  • You have a Pensioner Premium
  • You have a Work Related Activity or Support Component (With Income-Related Employment Support Allowance)

Or if you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit then one of the following must also apply:

  • You are 60 years of age or over
  • You have a child under 16
  • You have a child under 20 in full-time education (not university)
  • You have a Severe Disability Element
  • You have a Disabled Worker Element

If you qualify, you can contact an approved local installer. They will acertain if you receive the qualifying benefits and if you pass this section they will then arrange a free survey to check your existing boiler is eligible. If all criteria is passed then a date will then be arranged for your new replacement boiler to be installed. 

Will funding for a free boiler run out?

The 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 ECO each scheme year’. With the ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation set to run for approx over four years, until March 2017 (TBC), less than 10% of those homes which are suffering from fuel poverty will be helped under the scheme.