are being installed in homes across the UK as part of a Government energy-efficiency grant scheme - the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO).
Free boiler grants
are designed to help low-income families and those living in "fuel poverty" meet the cost of heating their homes by providing grants to cover the cost of installing a new gas boiler. This means that pensioners, many single parents and those on benefits can take advantage of the scheme and benefit from cheaper heating bills.
Many existing central heating systems function below recommended energy-efficiency levels so a scheme has been set up by the Government (funded by the UK's "Big Six" energy providers - British Gas, NPower, EDF Energy, EON, SSE & Scottish Power) to replace them with A-rated condensing gas boilers free of charge . This type of boiler heats your water more efficiently.
Free boiler grant eligibility
If you claim the correct combination of benefits or tax credits, (which includes ESA, Income Support , JSA, Tax Credits & pension credits) you may qualify for a new A-rated gas boiler to be installed completely free of charge with no cost or payment required.
In addition to the correct benefits your existing boiler must be over 5 years old or function below the recommended efficiency level. The full boiler grant qualification criteria can be found here - Free boiler grant criteria
Free Boilers for Pensioners
Free Boilers for Pensioners
Grants are still available for pensioners & elderly people who receive State Pension Credits & people who are over 60 years old and receive Working Tax Credits. More Info > free boilers for pensioners.
People on benefits
Many low-income families who are in receipt of benefits, Working Tax Credits & Child Tax Credits can take advantage of the Government ECO grant scheme.
ECO boilers and free home insulation grants are means tested and you may need a combination of benefits with low earnings to qualify. More Info > Free boilers for people on benefits.
Benefits & Savings
Installing a new energy-efficient boiler with a free boiler grant can mean initial savings of around £2500 – £3000 (Free boiler installation). In addition to a free boiler installation you can make annual savings of up to £570 due to a reduction in your gas bills. More info.
In Autumn 2013, as part of a drive by the Government to reduce energy bills, the UK utility companies were urged to reduce their customers' domestic fuel bills by £50. As a result a lot of the funding set aside for the ECO boiler grant scheme was used up.
In addition many of the "big six" energy companies met their free ECO boiler targets early. The result of this is that fewer companies have grant funding available than before so it is more difficult to find installers who can install free gas boilers.
However there are still Government ECO grants available although the property restrictions are stricter. In order to qualify your home must be viable in terms of energy savings. For example a detached house uses more energy than a flat so it is more viable to install a new heating system.
Find out if you qualify - Free boiler eligibility