This article has been amended since its original publication to reflect the latest updates to the ECO scheme in 2017.
Did you know that if you fall into certain groups you might be eligible for a boiler grant as part of the Government’s Energy Company Obligation?
With an estimated 2.5 million homes across the UK looking to get their hands on a new replacement boiler, if you’re a pensioner you may meet the criteria required to access the boiler grant scheme.
With a new gas boiler typically costing around £2,300, thanks to the Government’s free boiler grant scheme, if your existing boiler is broken or inefficient and meets the qualifying criteria you could receive a grant towards a brand new one. In fact in some cases the new boiler installation is completely free, whilst in others you may be asked to make a financial contribution. The grant itself is always free, meaning you will never be expected to pay back a penny of it.
The Government’s Energy Company Obligation, known as ECO, is funded by the country’s largest utility companies, including British Gas and the other ‘Big Six’. Pensioners in receipt of Pension Guarantee Credit and those who receive Working Tax Credit may qualify for a free boiler grant to help them become more energy efficient with a view to bringing down their heating bills.
More and more pensioners are struggling to meet the demands of escalating energy bills, and with many on limited incomes a new boiler is an expense many simply cannot afford. But even if you don’t receive Pension Guarantee Credit you could still qualify for a grant if you get Working Tax Credit. As long as you meet the following criteria you should be able to apply for a free boiler grant:
- You own your own home, or
- The accommodation you live in is rented privately
- You’re in receipt of Pension Guarantee Credit or
- Are 60 years old or more and receive Working Tax Credit
It’s easy to apply for the boiler grants scheme, answer a few questions and submit your application. Once we’ve given you a call to confirm your details and assess your eligibility, you’ll be one step closer to being the lucky recipient of a brand new A-rated boiler, which we’ll arrange to have installed by a Gas Safe Registered Boiler Grants installer.
If you qualify for a boiler grant apply today for a piece of the pie before it’s all gobbled up!