Free oil boiler grants in Wales
If you live in Wales and you heat your home with oil you can now get a free oil boiler via the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.
ECO is designed to help homeowners and private tenants in Wales on low incomes replace their inefficient oil boilers. If you qualify for a grant a new one is fitted free of charge.
Until recently it was only properties on the mains gas grid who were eligible for Government boiler grants. However, changes to the ECO scheme have encouraged Welsh installers in to now focus on fitting free boilers in homes that are not connected to a mains gas supply.
Free oil boilers now installed as part of ECO
Recent consultations by ECO planners decided that too many resources were being spent on replacing gas boilers. As a result people who live in rural parts of Wales were at a disadvantage. As more remote areas traditionally have to rely on alternative methods of heating their homes because they are not on the mains gas network.
In Wales, as in the rest of Great Britain, this may include electric storage heaters, solid fuel and LPG heating. However, in Wales is a higher percentage of domestic properties that use oil boilers to fire their central heating than in any other part of the UK.
Do I qualify for a free oil boiler?
The ECO scheme is for low-income home owners, and private tenants in Wales. To qualify you must claim specific benefits or tax credits.
Landlords can claim a new boiler for more than one property if their tenant qualifies for a grant. However the offer is not open to council or housing association tenants. Local authorities have their own efficiency targets to meet in conjunction with the free boiler scheme.
To take advantage of the offer your existing oil boiler must have a low energy efficiency rating and be more than 7 years old. In addition someone who resides in your property must claim one of the following -
- Boiler must be more than 7 years old
- Broken or not functioning efficiently
Eligible benefits for the ECO scheme
- Income Support
- ESA – Income Related
- JSA – Income Based
- Pension Credit -Income Based
- Tax Credits*
- Universal Credits*
*If you claim tax credits or universal credits your income must be below a certain amount. The full eligibility criteria can be found at ECO grants.
What is oil heating?
Oil central heating systems work the same as a gas heating system. It uses an oil-fired boiler to provide hot water for your taps and radiators. The main difference is that you have to get oil delivered to your property and it is stored in a tank. It is then fed from the tank into your regular boiler or combi boiler.
Any replacement boilers installed through the Government grant scheme are condensing boilers. This type of boiler up to 35% more efficient because of their design. It pre-heats cold water from your cold tap before it enters the boiler’s burner.
This means that less energy is used to provide heat and keep your room at a comfortable temperature. Your heating is on for less time so it saves you money and less CO2 emissions are pumped into the environment.
All new oil boilers installed in Wales and the UK must now be condensing because they function at a minimum of 90% efficiency. More information on boiler efficiency ratings can be found at SEDBUK.
Regions Wales that use oil heating
Although many of the larger urban towns in Wales including Cardiff, Swansea and Newport are on the main gas network. Towns and villages in the more rural areas depend on oil-fired boilers to heat their homes.
Bangor and Holyhead in the North, LLanelli and Pembroke in the South, and Aberystwyth in Mid-Wales and other outlying areas still depend on other forms of heating including oil.
How to apply for a free oil boiler in Wales
If you want to apply for a free oil boiler it is an easy no hassle process. We will put you in touch with an approved local installer. They will guide you through the whole process and tell you anything you want to know.
The company will arrange for an assessor to carry out a free survey of your existing heating system. This will include checking your LPG boiler and verifying it meets the requirement to be replaced.
If you qualify for a ECO he will help you fill in the paperwork. You can then arrange a a convenient date for a technical survey before installation.
The whole process can be completed in around 3 weeks. We provide this as a free service and we do not share any information with any third party outwith the approved Welsh company who will install your free oil boiler.