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Can I Get A Boiler Grant If I’m Not On Benefits?

Can I get a free boiler if i'm not on benefits?

Low-performance, inefficient boilers increase energy bills and contribute to climate change and global warming. But replacing a boiler is expensive, in most cases costing anything from £600 to £2,500, and this can prevent many households from upgrading their current boiler.

This is why government grants are available to help householders install a modern, energy-efficient boiler that will help households save money as well as have a positive environmental impact.

You may at first think that you can only get a grant for a new boiler if you’re receiving a state benefit, but this isn’t the case – it may still be possible to get a boiler grant without benefits, especially for low income households and those with low energy efficiency homes.

The obvious grant scheme to check out boiler funding is the Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO) whereby some of the main energy suppliers make a financial contribution as part of their obligation to helping households improve their energy efficiency and reduce their heating bills. When you look at the eligibility criteria for this initiative, you’ll at first discover that the scheme is open only to households receiving certain qualifying benefits such as Universal Credit, Income Support, Housing Benefit, or Tax Credits.

However, it may be possible to get a replacement boiler grant if you’re not on benefits. A good place to start looking into possible boiler funding is Local Authority Flexible (LA Flex) Eligibility, whereby local councils generally have greater freedom to decide who they help with free boiler grants and other energy saving improvements in an effort to reduce fuel poverty.


Boiler Grants Without Benefits Under LA Flex Eligibility

If you’re not receiving any government benefits, you could still get a boiler installed for free under the LA Flex initiative. As an extension of the UK government’s ECO Scheme, LA Flex enables local councils to help low income households that need a new boiler but fall short of the eligibility criteria of the ECO programme.

LA Flex boiler replacement grants are available to homeowners with an old inefficient boiler not getting a means-tested benefit who’re on a low income, or considered to be living in fuel poverty and vulnerable to living in a cold home.


LA Flex Grant Eligibility Criteria 

Eligibility requirements for LA Flex funding are as follows.

  • You must be a homeowner residing in the property.
  • Your home has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of G, F or E.
  • Or you have no EPC.
  • Household income must be below £31,000 a year.
  • Or you have a serious medical condition aggravated by living in a cold home.
  • Your old boiler must be a non-condensing model.


Income Eligibility

LA Flex income eligibility takes into account the gross income of all adults in the household. You’ll need to produce evidence of low income as part of the application process – tax returns and bank statements and/or payslips.

Health Conditions

If your mobility is limited or you have a cardiovascular or respiratory problem or weakened immune system, the NHS can refer you to Local Authority Flexible Eligibility to see if you can get grant funding.


Boilers Grants for Pensioners

An increasing number of pensioners are struggling with escalating energy bills, especially those on fixed incomes and with inefficient boilers. The possibility of replacing their current boiler with a new efficient A rated boiler is financially out of reach for many without free boiler grant assistance.

The Energy Company Obligation Scheme offers a solution to homeowners and private tenants receiving the state pension plus pension credit. An ECO boiler grant, funded by the energy companies, could cover the entire cost of replacement boilers or at least result in a highly subsidised boiler replacement.


Boiler Grants for Landlords

Landlords are responsible for ensuring their tenants have a comfortable place to live, and that includes central heating systems, but does the free boiler grant scheme have any relevance to landlords and their tenants?

Free boiler grants are available for privately rented accommodation if the tenants receive a government benefit such as Universal Credit or Income support or get Housing Benefit from the local council. The private tenant needs to apply for the grant themselves, with the landlord’s permission.

Further financial support is available from the Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance (LESA) for additional energy efficiency improvements.


Disabled Facilities Grants for Heating Systems

If you or someone else living in your home is disabled, you could qualify for funding from the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) initiative to install a new heating system including a boiler and all heating controls.

Although DFG is primarily designed to improve accessibility in homes, it also covers financial help to install or improve heating systems. This funding is available to homeowners and private tenants whether or not they’re in receipt of income-related benefits. If you don’t receive an income-based benefit, you’ll need to provide evidence of income, savings, capital, and outgoings.


Benefits of a New Boiler Installation

Whether you meet the benefits criteria for a boiler grant or qualify for financial help in another way, installing a new gas boiler has important advantages.

Your boiler takes up most of your home’s energy use, and the least efficient boilers have higher running costs that result in increased energy bills. Maintenance and repairs further add to the overall expense of running a boiler. 

Replacing your old boiler with a new, more efficient model offers long-term financial and environmental benefits. With high efficiency, smart controls, and a variety of other features, modern boilers significantly impact on bills and carbon emissions.

Lower Energy Bills

Old, non-condensing boilers can have reduced performance so that they operate at efficiency levels sometimes as low as 60%. This means that around 40% of the fuel they use is wasted.

Today’s A-rated condensing combi boilers are usually more than 90% energy efficient. This could save more than £300 a year on your heating bills.

Reduced Carbon Footprint

Non-condensing boilers have been banned from being installed since 2005 (unless you’ve been granted a special exemption) because they release a high volume of carbon emissions.

Condensing combi boilers are ultra-efficient, converting the water vapour they produce into heat. This cuts the household carbon footprint as well as lowering heating bills.


Can I Make It Easier to Get a Free Boiler Grant?

While you may still be able to get a boiler grant when not receiving UK government financial support, it may be worth considering exploring the possibilities of claiming some form of income-related benefit, if you are entitled – many people simply don’t apply for the benefits they’re entitled to.

If it turns out you’re eligible for benefits, this will increase the likelihood of qualifying for a free or substantially discounted replacement boiler and potentially other energy saving measures. This is because the ECO Scheme remains the best way to get a boiler grant when you are looking at replacing your boiler with a new energy efficient one.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme, which you may have heard of, instead focuses on encouraging households to switch from their existing boiler to more energy efficient alternatives such as a heat pump or biomass boiler. Installing a heat pump as an alternative heating system isn’t always a viable option for all homes, plus the costs of such systems usually requires households to make a significant contribution towards the installation costs as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme does not usually cover the full cost.


ECO4 Free Boiler Grants

ECO4 boiler replacement grants are part of the government drive to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and are funded by major energy companies including E.On, British Gas, Octopus, and Scottish Power under the Energy Companies Obligations Scheme. 

You can apply to see if you qualify for a free replacement boiler grant. To be eligible for a free boiler grant, you have to be in receipt of an income-related benefit and meet certain eligibility criteria. It’s easy to check your eligibility for an ECO grant after which we will be able to assist you accessing funding from the government schemes and having your boiler installed by our approved installers.

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