Free Eco Boiler Scheme UK

Hundreds of millions of pounds is spent every year installing brand new, free-to-the-user boilers into people’s homes – and you don’t even need to own the home you live in to qualify.

It’s thanks to something called ECO3 – the Energy Company Obligation. In this article, CompareCompanies looks at:

  • who actually pays for your boiler
  • the three types of boiler you can have installed
  • who qualifies for a free boiler
  • how to get a free boiler if you qualify

How much will I save getting a free boiler?

You may qualify to have the cost of the installation and supply of your new boiler completely covered. However, depending on your personal circumstances, you may only have part of the cost paid for by an energy company. Below is a table that shows the price of a new boiler, along with how much you can save with the installation too.

Boiler TypeSupply onlyIn its current locationIn a new location
Conventional boiler£750£1,650-£1,800£2,000-£2,200
Sealed system boiler£925£1,300-£1,450£1,800-£2,000
Combination boiler£955£1,925-£2,125£2,500-£2,700

Who pays for my boiler?

Launched by the Government in January 2013, it’s an obligation on the larger energy suppliers to help lower-income homes improve the energy efficiency of their properties. The Government’s goal is to offset the carbon dioxide emissions created by power stations that the energy companies own by making those same energy companies help homeowners and tenants to be more environmentally friendly.

What type of boiler can I have fitted?

The ECO scheme subsidises the supply and installation of A-rated combi boilers, system boilers, or  conventional boilers. Here’s a closer look at all three:

Combi boilers

A combi boiler (short for combination) is currently the most popular choice of boiler. Combi boilers heat the water used in your radiators and taps on demand. Conventional boilers and system boilers both have to continually heat a separate tank of water to do the same job.

Combi boilers deliver two major benefits. First, you don‘t have to make space for a water tank in your home – and those water tanks can be very large. And two, the water that you get from a combi boiler comes out at the same pressure as your mains.

Combi boilers at a glance –

  • You get instant hot water at mains pressure,
  • You don’t have to make room for a large water tank,
  • They are available in a variety of sizes that suit all homes (even ultra-compact flats),
  • They are recommended by the Energy Saving Trust as being Ideal for households with a low hot water demand.

System boilers

System boilers are suitable option with larger homes (typically a property with two or more bathrooms).

Once heated, the system pumps hot water to all of the radiators to the house and also to the stored water cylinder. From the cylinder, hot water can flow to any tap in your home. This means that you can have multiple hot water taps on at the same time and not lose any heat or water pressure in doing so.

A summary of system boilers:

  • You can have multiple taps running at once,
  • They’re perfect for larger homes,
  • All of the key components (such as the expansion vessel and the modulating pump) are all stored within the machine,
  • They are also recommended by the Energy Saving Trust.

Conventional boilers

Sometimes referred to as “heat only boilers”, a conventional boiler is normally stored in a cupboard in your home. They work in a similar way to a system boiler. But the key differences are the additional components and where they’re stored. Whereas all the parts are incorporated into a system boiler, all of the parts in a conventional boiler are separate (although connected). This has the added benefit of being easy to install, fix, and replace although there is normally the requirement for a bit of extra space.

A summary of conventional boilers:

  • They can be very simple to install,
  • They’re normally quite cheap to replace,
  • They have compact designs,
  • You can run multiple taps at one time,
  • They’re recommended by the Energy Saving Trust.

Who qualifies for a free boiler?

Both homeowners and tenants of private landlords can benefit from the ECO scheme. For homeowners, all you need to do is apply (more on that later), and for tenants, you need to obtain permission from your landlords first.

In order to be eligible for the grant, you must generally be claiming:

  • ESA (income-related employment and support allowance),
  • JSA (income-based jobseeker’s allowance),
  • income support,
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit,
  • Tax Credits (as long as your household income is no higher than the relevant contained with the guidance for the scheme),
  • Universal Credit (as long as your household income is no higher than the relevant contained with the guidance for the scheme and has not been higher for the last 12 assessment periods),
  • Disability Living Allowance,
  • Personal Independence Payment,
  • Attendance Allowance,
  • Carer’s Allowance,
  • Severe Disablement Allowance,
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits,
  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement,
  • Constant Attendance Allowance,
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment,
  • Child Benefit.

If your boiler is 8 years of age or older or it’s malfunctioning in some way, there is a strong likelihood that you will qualify for a grant.

Energy companies say that it can take around 12 weeks from when you apply to get your boiler installed. The time it takes for the boiler to be installed can take between a few hours to a week, depending on the size of your property.

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