This article has been amended since its original publication to reflect the latest updates to the ECO scheme. Last updated in February 2018.
Did you know that as a pensioner you might be eligible for a boiler grant as part of the Government’s Energy Company Obligation?
With thousands of homes across the UK looking to get their hands on a new replacement boiler, if you’re a pensioner and you’re in receipt of Pension Guarantee Credit, or other certain benefits, 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 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.
What is the Energy Company Obligation?
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’. Currently the ECO scheme offers boiler grants for boilers with the fuel types of gas, oil, lpg and even for electric storage heaters. It is important to note that at the moment funding for gas is very limited under the scheme, so whilst we will try our best to pass your application on to a qualified installer it may take longer than usual. The other fuel types are unaffected by this.
How can pensioners qualify?
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.
Pensioners in receipt of Pension Guarantee Credit and those who receive Working Tax Credit may qualify for a boiler grant to help them become more energy efficient with a view to bringing down their heating bills. But even if you don’t receive Pension Guarantee Credit you could still qualify for a grant if you get Working Tax Credit or other qualifying benefits.
As long as your boiler is old, inefficient or broken and 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, or
- You live in social housing (unfortunately we can’t currently process these applications, so please seek further advice from the Energy Saving Advice Service)
- You’re in receipt of Pension Guarantee Credit, or
- Are 60 years old or more and receive Working Tax Credit
How to apply for a government boiler grant
It’s easy to apply for the boiler grants scheme. Simply answer a few questions on the form on this website and submit your application. If it looks like you’re eligible for the grant we’ll give you a call to confirm your details and assess your eligibility, and 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.
We understand that not everyone is able to apply online themselves. If you require help in applying please don’t hesitate to contact us. Alternatively you can ask a family member, carer or friend to apply on your behalf.