As consumer’s look to ever more ways to reduce what has come to be record high energy bills, many are considering applying for a Government backed boiler grant. Additionally however with finances tighter than ever before, many simply can’t afford an outlay of some £2000. This guide will talk you through the Boiler Grant process if you find yourself in either of these situations.
The benefits of installing a new boiler
Today boiler technology is incredible advanced, so much so that if you have a boiler that’s around 5 years or older you may well find that a new boiler reduces your energy bills by anything up to 20%.
As well as this you can be safe in the knowledge for some years to come that your boiler isn’t suddenly going to pack up in the middle of winter.
How Boiler Grants work
The majority of energy companies (including, EDF, Scottish Power, Utility Warehouse, SSE, Southern Electric, Eon, Scottish Hydro, Atlantic and British Gas) are now signed up to the scheme whereby they contribute to the boiler grant system. If you live in Scotland then you may find that your scheme differs slightly (check the latest information on the government’s Green Deal Financial Scheme for eligibility).
In order to qualify for a boiler grant as a starting point your boiler needs to be:
- 10 years or older,
- In an accepted state of disrepair (as certified by a qualified professional from the local authority or an energy provider).
Additionally you have to fall under one of the following eligibility criteria:
- Receive of any benefits
- You are a homeowner/private tenant.
- Your boiler is more than 8 years old
How much will you receive?
According to the new ECO3 scheme in 2020 those who qualify for the government grants can have their old boiler replaced with new one for free. Thus installing a new more energy efficient boiler you could save £300 on your energy bill.
These grants are not repayable, which means you do not have to re-pay these money back at any time. You can check if you are eligible to free boiler by filling up a simple form online. After approval of your claim your boiler will be installed by qualified and certified engineers.
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