Boiler and insulation grants are part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO); a government scheme funded by utility companies including the 'Big Six'.
These grants help low income households in England, Scotland and Wales (unfortunately this grant isn’t available in Northern Ireland, to access funding for insulation in Northern Ireland you need to contact NIDirect Government Services) to become more energy efficient and lower heating bills. Eligible households can apply for a grant to install a new A-rated boiler or for an insulation grant using a Registered Boiler Grant or Insulation Installer.
The 'Big Six' utility companies, including Npower, EDF and British Gas, are obliged to provide funding so that those who need to can improve the efficiency of their homes. This includes grants for new boilers and insulation. As the funding is a grant, not a loan, it doesn’t need to be repaid and could cover a large part - if not all - of the cost of insulating your home.
For boiler grants as long as you own your own home or you are a tenant living in privately rented accommodation (and you have your landlord's permission) you might be eligible for a 100% boiler grant to replace your old boiler. For insulation grants if you a from the Government could provide you with the money you need to re-insulate your home, improve energy efficiency and save money.
If your home doesn't have an efficient boiler or if it isn’t properly insulated there’s a very good chance you are losing heat and therefore wasting money on energy bills. According to the Energy Saving Trust properly insulating the walls of a detached property could save up to £445 in energy bills each year by applying for an insulation grant. That’s a figure that’s hard to ignore.
When you apply for a free boiler grant or an insulation grant you'll be contacted to check you meet all the necessary criteria. They'll check what benefits you receive (in the case of Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit they'll need to make a note of your annual household income too) and confirm your status (whether you're a private tenant or own your own home). You will also be asked for the make and model of your current boiler, how old it is and whereabouts it's located.
You must own your own home or be a tenant living in privately rented accommodation (and have your landlord's permission)
You must also be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
If you receive Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income-related Employment Support Allowance one of the following must also apply:
If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit one of the following must also apply:
Once you apply online for a grant you'll be contacted to check you meet all the necessary criteria. They'll check what benefits you receive (in the case of Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit they'll need to make a note of your annual household income too) and confirm your status (whether you're a private tenant or own your own home). You will also be asked for the make and model of your current boiler, and for insulation you'll be asked about existing insulation and possibly details about your EPC.
Check your eligibility and apply for a boiler grant (funding available mainly for people in North West of England through this provider)
Check your eligibility and apply for a boiler grant (funding is available throughout the UK but excluding Northern Ireland through this provider)
Other relevant information
Insulation Grants also available
Check your eligibility and apply for an insulation grant (funding is available for loft, internal wall, cavity and room in roof throughout the UK but not in Northern Ireland)