What is the ECO scheme for free insulation grants?
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. This helps families, who are on low incomes or in receipt of certain government benefits to reduce their energy bills. If you meet the criteria you could get a free insulation grant and also a new, energy efficient boiler.
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How Does The Free Insulation Grants Scheme Work?
The primary obligations set by the government free insulation scheme are to reduce the country’s carbon footprint and tackle fuel poverty. In order to reach its targets, energy suppliers in the UK have been asked to help lower fuel consumption and reduce household energy bills by paying for free insulation and/or A-rated boilers to be installed in qualifying households.
Britain’s leading boiler manufacturers have been working on innovative designs to produce energy efficient boilers. The next stage of the plan is to encourage UK homeowners to install energy efficient gas boilers and install some insulation measure. Under the Affordable Warmth Obligation, energy suppliers have agreed to install insulation and new replacement boilers for free in households that cannot afford to purchase a new gas boiler.
It is anticipated that around 230,000 households in the UK will qualify for a free insulation grant. However, the government aims to support over 1 million homeowners in total. Thousands of households that are classed as ‘vulnerable’ may also be entitled to heavy subsidies.
Homeowners that are eligible for free insulation grants have no obligation to pay back installments. Furthermore, there are no complicated terms and conditions to be met other than the basic qualifying criteria. Households that qualify for free loft insulation grants or any other insulation grants will also be entitled to install a new gas boiler together with heating controls where necessary. An energy assessment will also be carried out free of charge.
The amount of funding you will be entitled to will depend on your income, the energy efficiency of your home and the age of your existing boiler.
ECO Scheme News Update – March 2021
Limited funding is available for free insulation and boiler grants. Funding is available for the limited time only and will be allotted on the first-come, first-serve basis.
Who Qualifies For Free Insulation Grants?
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales and meet the ECO scheme criteria set out by the government then you might be qualify for the free insulation grants. Additionally, In order to qualify for a free insulation grant through the governments ECO scheme, there is a certain benefits related criteria that needs to be met. Your property must also be on a mains gas supply, the boiler looking to be replaced must be at least 8 years old and you must be the home owner.
If you receive the correct combination of benefits, then you could have free insulation installed and also your old boiler replaced with a brand new boiler for completely free of charge, or will be heavily subsidised. If it is less than 6 years old, the scheme makes an assumption that is more cost effective to repair your old boiler, than it is to have it replaced on the scheme.
Some of the benefits mean that you will qualify for free insulation grants automatically, with no other requirements. With some others you may need to have an extra qualifying component such as being responsible for a child under 16, be of a certain age etc.
Your current boiler is also considered – if your boiler is broken you can apply for a boiler grant to install a brand new A-rated boiler using a Gas Safe or OFTEC Boiler Grants installer. Finally, we can only help with ECO scheme applications for homeowners (however private tenants and landlords may be able to apply for the grant through other providers). If you have a different living situation, for example if you live in a council property, please contact your local council or the Energy Saving Advice Service for more information on help available to you.
You must receive one of the following State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances:
- Guaranteed Pension Credit (Savings Credit and ordinary State Pension do NOT qualify on their own).
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Child Benefit*
- War Pensions Mobility Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
* Maximum household income thresholds (based on the number of adults and children who live in your home) applies.
How Do I Apply For Free Insulation Grants?
You can easily find out if you are eligible for free insulation grants by using the grants eligibility checker form online. It’s really easy to do, and it’s definitely worth your time. Two or three minutes is all it takes, and you could be in the line for free insulation grants!
How is the new insulation install is free?
United kingdom is part of the EU, the UK has been set very large targets to reduce the carbon footprint of it’s housing stock. Energy Company Obligation (ECO) plays a huge part in hitting this target. Built in to everybody’s bills there is a small percentage of money, which is paid towards ECO, the Green Tax. This money is controlled by the Big Six energy suppliers in UK and they are now obliged by the UK Government to fund the installation of free boilers and home insulation in to low-income households and those who are most vulnerable. If you do not currently receive benefits, and your boiler needs to be replaced, you could consider getting a boiler on low monthly installments.
Reducing Gas, Oil & LPG Bill For Free
By replacing your old, broken or in-efficient boiler with a brand new and a-rated boiler you could reduce your energy bills by up to £400 per/year. Think of it like this way- If your current boiler is 60% efficient and your new boiler is 90%-95% efficient, this means that for every £1 you spend on your heating, you can save 30p to 35p per £1. You can simply reduce your heating bills by 30% to 35%. By comparison, modern boilers are 90%+ efficient. This means that a new boiler will have wastage of less than 10p for every £1 which you spend. If you receive the correct combination of benefits, you could have your old gas, oil or LPG boiler replaced for free via the ECO free boiler grant scheme.
Free Loft Insulation Grants
The free loft insulation grants scheme is a program, which give customers grants to install the insulation and also for replacing their old and in-efficient boilers. If you claim certain benefits then you can apply for free insulation grants under the ECO scheme.
What if I don’t Qualify?
If you aren’t eligible for a free insulation or boiler grant, all is not lost. We have a number of other options available to help replace your inefficient boiler.
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Because we work alongside a network of approved UK installers, we can help you to access the free boiler grants much more efficiently than others and in usual circumstances, you can expect to have a replacement boiler installed from start to finish in less than two weeks. Each installer on our network has the necessary certifications required in order to carry out the work, we regularly monitor your feedback to ensure that the highest levels of service are being achieved. Funding for the free boiler scheme will vary between properties, a free EPC (energy performance certificate) will need to be carried out in order to determine this.
Remember, this service is 100% free to use. We do not charge you for the eligibility checking, survey, and application. There is no obligation to proceed through us to apply for free boiler grant.
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