What is the FREE BOILER SCHEME?
Launched in January 2013 with the aim to help to reduce the UK’s energy consumption & provide low-income households grants, allowing them to greatly improve their homes energy efficiency.
The scheme is part of the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) & the Gas and Electricity order, this was passed in parliament in 2012. There is a total budget of £1.3 billion every year & is largely funded by UK utility companies.
ECO is made up of three obligations:
- Affordable Warmth
- Carbon Saving Community Obligation
- Carbon Saving Obligation
Funding for the free boiler scheme is part of the Affordable Warmth group.Apply Now
There are additional Criteria's as well as the above benefits, the total household income from all working-age residents must not exceed £16,010. This amount is the decision of the government.
The property needs to be a size that would generate sufficient savings from installing a new boiler. The savings made from upgrading a boiler in a flat are not deemed to be significant enough to justify any funding needed to cover the work involved.
Your present boiler must be a low-efficiency one. All boilers are rated by their energy efficiency, modern boilers work around 90% efficiency, with only a 10% loss in output when converting the fuel that is burnt to heat. A boiler that was installed ten or more years ago will probably be only around 65-80% efficient. If you upgrade to a new boiler the carbon savings will be significant enough to warrant the costs so will qualify under the free boiler scheme