In order to qualify for a free boiler grant you need to meet certain eligibility criteria. You can find out if you’re likely to qualify or not by entering your postcode at the bottom of this page. You’ll then need to answer a few simple questions.
Here is some information about the criteria you’ll need to meet, the questions we’ll ask you and why.
About your home
Firstly we’ll ask you about your current living situation. As long as you own your own home or you are a tenant living in privately rented accommodation (and you have your landlord’s permission) you might be eligible for a boiler grant to replace your old boiler. (Please note that we can only accept applications for non-rented properties at the moment, but you may still qualify for the ECO scheme elsewhere).
For people living in social housing, the benefits from the ECO scheme are slightly more limited. Homes with low energy efficiency can receive support when it comes to insulation or first time central heating. Depending on your situation, you will want to check whether you are eligible for the ECO scheme and live in social housing.
The ECO scheme was set up with the intention of helping households with the lowest incomes improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy bills. In April 2022, the Government launched the latest version of the ECO scheme (ECO4) and it now includes even more benefits – meaning more people than ever may be able to qualify.
You must be in receipt of one of the following benefits to apply:
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (PCGC)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support (IS)
- Working Tax Credits (WTC)
- Child Tax Credits (CTC)
- Universal Credit (UC)
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit Savings Credit (PCSC)
- Child Benefit *
*If you claim Child Benefit we will need to ask some additional questions to check if you qualify, as there are income caps to consider.
Currently we can only accept applications for boilers which are broken, however it may be possible to qualify through other providers if your boiler is not broken. The Energy Saving Advice Service or your local council may be able to provide you with more information on this.
At the moment we are only accepting applications for gas boilers, but this may change in the future, so check back to our site for updates.
How does the process work?
After you’ve applied for a boiler grant by completing our online form we will need to give you a quick call to confirm that you meet all the necessary criteria. It will only take a few moments to assess your eligibility. We’ll need to check what benefits you receive, your annual household income, how many children are living in your home and confirm your status (whether you’re a private tenant or own your own home).
We will also ask you for the make and model of your current boiler, the condition it is in and where it’s located. If you can have all of this information to hand when we ring we’ll be able to get your application processed a lot quicker where we can find installers with funding in your area.