Thousands of households in the UK are eligible for a free new boiler and/or insulation under the ECO3 Scheme, a government-funded grant programme. Do you qualify?
You must live in England or Wales to apply; you can be a homeowner, a tenant, or a landlord; the person who dwells in the home will be the one who applies for the grant. The boiler programme is targeted towards low-income families, but insulation is available to everyone, regardless of income.
Where can I get a free boiler?
If you reside in a housing association or are a council renter, you will not be eligible for a free boiler or insulation. They will make arrangements for you using their own schemes.
In most cases, you won’t be considered if…
- If there is any wetness in the home. According to the Energy Saving Trust, this should be addressed first.
- You reside in a flat where the other tenants aren’t on board.
- Your house is composed of concrete or natural stone, or it is framed in wood or metal.
What are you able to save?
The cost of a new boiler varies, but a gas boiler replacement normally costs roughly £2,500, therefore this is an incredible value that should not be passed up.
Boilers are one of the most important aspects in determining your energy expenses; the more efficient your boiler is, the more money you save. A new efficient boiler might save you up to £300 a year, depending on its age.
Cavity wall insulation can cost up to £500, but it may save the average household £140 per year on energy bills, so it pays for itself over time.
What do you end up with?
Everything is free; you will not have to spend a penny. Some customers have reported being promised it is free all the way, just to have a contractor show up and speak in jargon and demand payment. All parts and labour are paid for by the government, so if you’re asked for money, go somewhere else.
Requirements For Cavity Wall Insulation
There are no standards for cavity wall insulation other than the presence of cavity walls.
How Do I Know If I Already Have Cavity Walls?
The usage of cavity walls in building construction didn’t really take off until the early 1930s, thus the age of your home is usually a reliable predictor. Some older buildings with no cavity walls might have a more recent addition with cavity walls.
A brick wall can be one of three types:
- bonding stretcher, This shows a cavity wall when all the bricks are put on the long side.
- bond in English, This is where you’ll find alternate rows of full and half-length bricks, all of which are highly unlikely to have cavities.
- Bond of the Flemish, Cavities are extremely uncommon to occur when the bricks alternate between a full-length brick and a half-length brick.
Requirements for a Free Boiler
There must be some form of benefit in place for boiler replacements; here is a list:
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit (UC)
- Credit for Pension Savings – If you simply claim Social Security, you won’t be eligible for the Pension Guarantee Credit.
- Jobseeker’s Allowance based on income (JSA)
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Then you’ll require a second component, which can be any of the following:
- Child under the age of 16 (under the age of 20 in full-time schooling) living at home
- Disability Premium
- Attendance Allowance
- Incapacity Sickness Benefit
- Allowance for Caregivers
- Benefits of Industrial Injuries
In addition, the boiler must be over 15 years old or defective. You are eligible if you have both benefit components and your boiler is declared defective or over 15 years old.
Why the Scheme Is Beneficial…
Consider insulation to be a blanket for your home.
Insulation is one of the most critical features that can improve the overall energy efficiency of your home. Your home will require larger, more expensive heating systems to keep you warm if you don’t have adequate insulation. The devices will then have to work harder, consuming more power, gas, or oil, and costing you money.
Heat rises, and when there is no insulation in the residence, a quarter of the heat is lost via the roof. Insulating your loft and walls is a cheap and practical solution to avoid this and save money on your heating bills.
Loft insulation will last at least 40 years and will pay for itself many times over during that time.
Some people and families would never be able to afford a whole new boiler or cavity wall insulation, so this government programme can be a lifesaver for them.
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