Can I really get a free boiler?

There's free cash available to help increase your home's energy efficiency or pay your energy bills – hundreds of millions of pounds of it. The key is knowing where to look.

Lots of UK grants go unclaimed. Many – but not all – are for the elderly, disabled or those on lower incomes. New Boiler Grant can help you to check if you qualify and, if yes, put you in touch with your local installer.

What is a grant?

A grant is money, or a voucher, that contributes towards the cost of your purchase. Although it may not cover the full cost of the item, meaning you'll have to cough up the rest yourself, it's almost always completely free. Grants are usually offered to encourage people to do or buy something they wouldn't normally consider.

For non-gas boilers the government grant is free but you maybe asked to make a contribution if you are moving from Coal or Wood to Oil or LPG. You will nearly always need to make a contribution if you have a gas boiler.

What is the government grant for boilers?

The boiler grant is part of the government’s Energy Companies Obligation (or ECO) scheme. Introduced in 2013, the ECO scheme helps homeowners or private tenants on a low income (or certain benefits) to replace their old, inefficient and/or faulty boiler completely free of charge, or at a heavily subsidized rate.

The ECO scheme is a government initiative aimed at reducing the overall amount of energy that we use. By working with the key energy providers in the UK, the government have made it a legal obligation for these companies to improve the energy efficiency of households across the country by providing funding to the most vulnerable individuals.

Some of the energy providers involved with the ECO scheme include: British Gas, EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, Ovo, Scottish Power and SSE.

The current EC02t scheme is only open until September 2018, so it is worth applying now if you believe you are entitled to assistance towards the cost of a new boiler. However, don’t worry as ECO3 is already being discussed.

How much can I save with free ECO grants?

Free grants are available to those receiving certain benefits, from new boilers to insulation. It's because of efficiency obligations to people in certain groups.

The cost of a new boiler varies, but a typical gas boiler replacement costs around £2,300, so this is a fantastic freebie.

Boilers are one of the biggest contributors to your energy bills – the more efficient your boiler, the more heat it produces from each gas unit. Depending on its age, a new efficient one could save you between £100 and £320 a year.

It is quite possible that you also qualify for home insulation grant. Cavity wall insulation can save between £70 and £225 off energy bills every year. If your loft isn't insulated and you get it fitted with 270mm of new insulation, this'll save another £120-£225 a year.

Who qualifies for the ECO scheme?

Government funding for the ECO scheme is limited, so the eligibility criteria for the grant is strict. You must own your own home or have permission from your landlord to replace your existing boiler if living in a rented property. Please review this New Boiler Grant website to find out if you qualify and then click apply to make an application.

Simply go through our questionnaire and answer all questions as clear as possible. You will need to provide a proof of benefits you are in receipt of.

If you do not qualify for the ECO scheme but you are still worried about the costs of installing a new boiler, there are other options. New Boiler Grant also offers Buy New Boiler (ATP) and Finance options on installations. Most of these options offer low, fixed interest rates and you could be paying only £10-£20 a month for your new boiler. To find out more, visit our Buy New Boiler page.

How does the government’s ECO scheme work?

If eligible, your contact details will be passed on to an approved, local installer. They will usually contact you within 24 - 48 hours, to arrange a suitable time for a visit.

The Gas Safe, boiler installer will visit your home, to carry out an energy assessment of your home and check your benefit paperwork. He will confirm if the new boiler grant is available to you.

If you qualify, you can arrange an installation date there and then.

In most cases, the replacement will be free, unless it’s not a straightforward replacement, i.e. you plan on changing the position of the boiler or adding additional radiators.

Note: If you are a tenant, you will be asked to gain the landlord’s permission before agreeing to any work on their behalf.

Enjoy the benefits of a warm home and save up to £350 each year on your energy bills!

What are the benefits of the ECO scheme?

Those who are eligible could benefit from:

• A free (or heavily subsidized) new A-rated, energy efficient boiler
• Free installation
• Savings of up to £350 each year on your energy bills
• Increased property value

Is there a catch?

No Catch! However, you should bear in mind that to qualify

• The boiler should be 5 years old or more and if 5 years old will need to be broken in some way
• Not every home is entitled to a free boiler, e.g. council or housing association tenants will need to apply to their own schemes
• Private tenants must get the landlord’s permission
• You may be offered a repair, not a replacement, e.g. if your boiler is broken and isn’t classed as inefficient
• There may be an extra cost if a fitter needs to carry out additional work, above and beyond a standard replacement, the installer should inform you of this well before the installation
• If you have a coal or wood fuelled boiler, you will be offered to replace it with an oil or LPG fuelled boiler

What if I don’t qualify for a new boiler grant?

If you don’t qualify for a free boiler, and are considering a replacement boiler, you can:

• buy a boiler and pay for the installation upfront
• rent a boiler
• take out a boiler finance plan

If you can afford it, buying and paying for a new boiler upfront will always work out cheaper as there are no additional charges or interest to pay. You can start taking advantage of the savings from your energy bills right away.

Renting a boiler works like leasing a car. With low upfront costs, you pay for your boiler and installation at a set monthly fee. Servicing and repairs are usually included within the rental fee. However, you won’t own your boiler until the lease ends, lease periods can be long and it could work out expensive over the long term.

Boiler finance schemes are credit agreements that allow you to spread these costs over a set number of months or years. These buy now, pay later finance schemes, mean you can own your boiler and have it installed right away. Payments are spread over a fixed period, usually monthly. Interest rates and additional charges will apply.

To find out more, visit our Buy New Boiler page.

To take out a finance repayment plan is a credit check required?

Yes, lenders will require a basic credit check before agreeing to provide the finance loan to be done. This can be done over the phone to give you a decision on finance in minutes.

Can I change my mind?

Yes, you are free to change your mind as long as you have not proceeded with the boiler installation company.