Grants to replace C to G rated boilers with a modern, more efficient Boiler are available to homeowners and private tenants receiving certain benefits, tax credits or allowances.

Boilers older than 5 years will typically be eligible for replacement. If you have no Central Heating but your property is connected to the gas network, you can also qualify for a full Central Heating system.

Boiler & Central Heating grants have been introduced to support householders living in fuel poverty. Full grants cover the cost of a replacement Boiler or full Central Heating system, in addition to home insulation. These grants are available through the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) which has been designed to support the Green Deal.

Please visit our Free Heating web site to see if you qualify!

Who qualifies for a Free Boiler or Central Heating Grant?

100% Free Boiler & Heating grants are available to homeowners and tenants renting from private landlords. Anyone in receipt of a qualifying benefit can receive a replacement Boiler or full Central Heating system.

Private tenants, must have permission from their landlord before organising a grant. Tenants who share ownership of the property with a housing association and own 50% or more can also qualify.

Unfortunately, we cannot assist Council or Housing Association tenants. If your council/housing association cannot help, please contact the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012.

Someone living in the property must be in receipt of at least one of the main benefits shown on the left below. Pension Credit and Child Tax Credit qualify automatically but the other benefits will require a qualifying component.

  • Pension Credit
    (top up to State Pension)
  • Child Tax Credit (household
    income under £15,850)*
  • None Required
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment
    Support Allowance
  • Child under 16
  • Child under 20 in full-time education
    (but not university)
  • Child Tax Credit including a disability element
  • Disabled Child Premium
  • Disability Premium
  • Pension Premium
  • Work Related Activity or Support Component**
  • Working Tax Credit (household
    income under £15,850)*
  • Child under 16
  • Child under 20 in full-time education
    (but not university)
  • Severe Disability Element
  • Disabled Worker Element
  • Aged 60 or Over
* Combined household income as shown on your last award letter.
** With Income-Related Employment Support Allowance only.

Please visit our Free Heating web site to see if you qualify!

Which boilers/heating systems qualify free?

If you have a boiler installed, it must be rated between C and G which means the efficiency is less than 86%. Your boiler is likely to be rated between C and G if it is more than 5 years old.

If you are not sure how old your boiler is, try searching the PCDB Boiler Efficiency Database. Once you have located your boiler, please ensure the efficiency in the SAP2009 column is under 86%.

If you do not have a boiler e.g. you have open fires, electric fires, etc., you can also apply for a grant. Electric storage heaters and ducted warm air systems will not qualify for grant assistance.

Your property must also be connected to the Gas network.

  • Existing Boiler efficiency must be less than 86%.
  • Existing Boiler rated between C and G.
  • Installed more than 5 years ago.
  • Check PCDB Efficiency Database if unsure.
  • No Central Heating can also qualify.
  • Property must be connected to mains gas network.

What if I don't qualify?

If you don't qualify for a Grant, EnergyLink can arrange for you to have up to three quotes from approved installers.

How can EnergyLink help?

Following your application for a Boiler or Heating Grant, you will be allocated to an approved heating installer who has access to ECO grant funding. If you provide an email address, we will also send you the installer's details.

Our installer will then telephone you to organise a free no-obligation survey. The surveyor will check that your Boiler or heating system qualifies and verify your grant entitlement. They will also identify other Energy saving products that you may be entitled to, such as Loft, Cavity or External Wall Insulation.

If you would like to proceed after the survey, they will install the new Boiler or Central Heating system and then claim the grant amount from an Energy supplier or one of their agents.

Please visit our Free Heating web site to see if you qualify!

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