So, Who Qualifies For A Free Boiler Grant?
Pensioners, Single Parents, Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credits, Universal Credits, Disabled, Attendance Allowance, Carer’s Allowance
The costs of heating your home can be astronomical and if you’re on a particularly tight budget or limited income then it can be a worry. Reduce the stress of heating your home by replacing your old inefficient heating system, thanks to a FREE boiler grant.
Under the Government’s ECO scheme, it is possible that you could qualify for a grant to have your old inefficient boiler replaced free of charge and then start to enjoy savings in excess of £300 each year. Grants are available to households in receipt of certain qualifying benefits including Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credits, Universal Credits, Disabled, Attendance Allowance, and Carer’s Allowance, so long as your boiler is overdue for replacement.
What is the Free Boiler Grant Scheme?
Under the Government’s boiler scheme, the leading energy companies are under the obligation to provide the grants for replacement boilers to those who qualify. The grants are provided by the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers through the Government ECO3 Scheme, delivering you a brand new boiler for free or at a fraction of the price it would normally cost.
The scheme is open to UK homeowners and some tenants, and you could take advantage, just like many already have. The grant for tenants scheme provides for a new central heating system to be installed including a central heating boiler and radiators, associated pipework and control panels.
Under the current scheme your boiler must be over 7 years old to qualify for a FREE boiler grant. Boilers under 7 years old are excluded as the scheme makes the assumption that it will be more cost effective to repair your current boiler, than to have it replaced under the scheme.
Who is likely to qualify under the Free Boiler Grant Scheme?
If your boiler is over the age mentioned above then you are halfway there when it comes to eligibility. The second portion of the qualifying criteria for a grant relates to you being in receipt of one of a number of income-related benefits which would be likely to qualify you for a FREE A-rated boiler grant.
Qualifying benefits include;
- Child Tax Credit
- Income related Employment Support Allowance
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Support
- Pension Guaranteed Credit (excludes Savings Credit)
- Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits
- Ministry of Justice Benefits
- War Pensions Mobility Supplement
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Child Benefit
This is good news for a range of people including pensioners, single parents, homeowners and tenants who could be eligible under the terms of the scheme.
What are my chances as a pensioner of benefiting under the Free Boiler Grants scheme?
Heating your home year round, especially through the long winter months, can be very costly, especially if you have an old inefficient boiler. If you qualify for a free boiler grant, this will insulate you not only against spiralling energy costs but also the costs if your boiler were to break down or need replacing.
Here at Free Boiler Grants, we provide boiler replacements for pensioners across the UK. If you or anyone else in your household receives Pension Credits, or any other benefits from the UK government, then it’s highly likely that you’ll be eligible for our boiler replacement grant scheme.
So what help is there for single parents?
If you have a young family to care for without the help of a spouse or a partner then it is possible you could benefit under the Free Boiler Grant scheme. Single parents are among many UK residents who are in receipt of income-related benefits that could qualify for the boiler grant.
The scheme can help many low incomes families who may qualify for a free boiler grant if they meet the qualifying criteria. If you have responsibility for a child under the age of 16 and are in receipt of child tax credits or some other income-related benefits then you may qualify for a free boiler grant. You boiler will need to be over 7 years old, and if so, then it’s highly likely that you qualify for the government boiler scheme for single parents.
Do I have to be a homeowner? What if I am a tenant renting?
The good news is that you do not necessarily have to be a homeowner to benefit from the scheme. Tenants in the UK (not including Northern Ireland) who claim at least one of the qualifying benefits could be entitled to a free Boiler Grant under the Government’s ECO3 Scheme. Grants are available to tenants in privately rented accommodation which does not have, and has not previously had a central heating system.The applicant would be the tenant who is renting the privately owned property and not the landlord. Tenants in council owned properties of housing association homes unfortunately are not eligible for the scheme.
It is also possible, if you are not in receipt of any qualifying benefits, that you may still be eligible for a Grant under ECO Flex Rules. These are set by local authorities within their boundaries and provide grants for some tenants on the basis that they are on low incomes and therefore struggle to heat their homes properly.
What sort of savings could I make with a new boiler?
If you qualify for a free boiler grant then you are on your way to big savings. In some cases an old boiler could be wasting as much as a third of every £1 you are spending on heating your home. The efficiency of some boilers, depending on their age and service history, can be down to around 65%, so by getting a new A-rated boiler the efficiency could be boosted to in excess of 90% which means much less energy is wasted.
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Switching to a new boiler could save you as much as £300 per year just by being far more efficient than your current boiler. Just think what a difference that would make to your annual budget and heating bills.
So how do I find out if I qualify for a free boiler grant?
Finding out whether you qualify is easy. Input your postcode and confirm your details including details of any benefits that you or anyone in your household may be in receipt of. We’ll then be able to confirm whether or not you are eligible for a Grant.
Remember to qualify you must be:
- In receipt of certain qualifying benefits
- Boiler must be 7+ years old
Even if you are not eligible, you may still be entitled to a subsidised boiler, so it is still important to apply. This would still be of great financial benefit in terms of having a brand new boiler built to last, as well as the major energy savings.
What if I qualify for a Grant. What happens next?
Free Boiler Grants have over 15 years industry experience and will handle everything for you with an end-to-end service that includes everything from organising your Grant, home assessment, installation and aftercare, all through a single company.
Apply for a Free Boiler Grant and get something back from the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers. Whether you are a homeowner, tenant, pensioner, single parents or person in receipt of benefits such as Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credits, Universal Credits, Disabled, Attendance Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, apply now. If you would like more information about the Government’s ECO Scheme and free boiler grants, get in touch with us today.