Birmingham Heating LTD | Free Boiler Grants
How to get yours?
Whether your boiler has broken down or you have decided to replace it, there is a good chance that you might be able to save a considerable amount of money by claiming a grant towards the cost, or in certain cases, even an absolutely free boiler, from the UK government. There are several ways in which you can manage to dodge the initial outlay on your boiler namely boiler grants, ECO-schemes and rental schemes. Here, we endeavour to take a look at numerous options that may help you decide which is best for you and your pocket.
Energy Companies Obligations (ECO) Scheme
The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme allows certain homeowners and private tenants to get their worn out, inefficient boilers replaced free of charge, or to have the cost of replacement heavily subsidised by the UK government. This scheme was specifically set up to facilitate low-income households on state benefits so as to reduce their carbon footprint and improve the efficiency of their homes. If you meet the aforesaid criteria and the age of your boiler is more than eight years, then you should qualify for this scheme.
However, the government funding is limited for the scheme under consideration, and the benefits-related criteria are quite stringent. You must receive at least one type of benefit, for instance, the income support or pension credit, from its list of eligible benefits. Moreover, you must be earning less than £20,000 per year as a household. You would also need to own your own home, or have the requisite permission from your landlord.
The ECO grant acts as a manner to ensure that the energy suppliers fulfil their obligation to help struggling families. Following is the list of the participating energy companies:
- British Gas;
- Co-operative Energy;
- EDF Energy;
- Shell Energy;
- Scottish Power;
- Utilita; and
- Utility Warehouse.
You may apply for relief under this scheme by contacting one of the above energy suppliers, or the Energy Saving Advice Service (0121 339 5009) (07448227535)