- In order to reach its targets, energy suppliers in the UK have been asked to help lower fuel consumption and reduce household energy bills by paying for A-rated boilers to be installed in qualifying households.
- The leading boiler manufacturers including Worcester Bosch, Vaillant, Baxi, and Gloworm have been working on innovative designs to produce energy-efficient boilers.
- UK homeowners are encouraged to install energy-efficient gas boilers.
- Under the Affordable Warmth Obligation, energy suppliers have agreed to install replacement boilers for free in households that cannot afford to purchase a new gas boiler.
- It is anticipated that around 230,000 households in the UK will qualify for a free boiler grant. However, the government aims to support over 1 million homeowners in total. Thousands of households that are classed as ‘vulnerable’ may also be entitled to heavy subsidies.
- Any contributions you may have to pay will be small. Householders that are eligible for free boiler grants have no obligation to pay back instalments. Furthermore, there are no complicated terms and conditions to be met other than the basic qualifying criteria.
- Households that qualify for a free boiler grant will be entitled to install a new gas boiler together with heating controls where necessary. An energy assessment will also be carried out free of charge.
- The amount of funding you will be entitled to will depend on your income, the energy efficiency of your home and the age of your existing boiler.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR A REPLACEMENT BOILER GRANT?
Applicants must receive a combination of the following Government benefits.
1: Child Benefit
2: Child tax credits
3: Working tax credits
4: Attendance Allowance
5: Armed Forces Independent Payment
6: Carter’s Allowance
7: Constant Attendance Allowance
8: Disability Living Allowance
9: Pension Guarantee Credit
10: Income-related Employment and Support
11: Income-related Jobseeker’s Allowance(JSA)
12: Income support
13: Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
14: Personal Independence Payment
15: Severe Disablement Allowance
16: Universal tax credits
17: War -Veterans Pensions Mobility Supplement
THIS IS A GOVERNMENT BACKED SCHEME
If you want to learn more about the ECO boiler free grant, please visit the GOV.UK website. You can read more about what the energy company’s obligations provides for Free boiler funding.
WHAT ARE THE ENERGY COMPANIES OBLIGATIONS (ECO)?
In an attempt to reduce the number of carbon emissions produced by energy companies, the UK Government has set targets for energy companies to meet. Under the Energy Companies Obligations (ECO) agreement, energy companies are obliged to provide UK homeowners with ‘primary measures’ to use less energy.
WHAT IS A FREE BOILER GRANT?
The free boiler scheme was launched in January 2013 with an aim to reduce the UK’s energy consumption and provide grants to low-income households in order to help them improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
Under the Governments 2020 ECO Scheme, qualifying homeowners could have their old in-efficient boilers replaced completely free of charge, or heavily subsidised via a new boiler grant. If you qualify, we will contact you to complete the installation of your new boiler.
OUR BOILER AND HEATING RANGE INCLUDES:
Worcester Bosch, Vaillant, Baxi and many Eco Free Boiler exclusives. All our new boilers are A-rated for energy efficiency and tested.
Boiler Plus is a part of new government legislation that affects all homes in the UK from April 6, 2018. Launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Boiler Plus looks at encouraging energy efficiency to meet the EU’s 2020 targets.
WHAT DOES BOILER PLUS MEAN FOR ME?
Alongside a range of other measures, this policy requires that all newly installed boilers must have an energy efficiency rating of 92% (ErP). Therefore, aiming to phase out poorly performing products and reduce carbon emissions across Europe.
All boiler installations must also have time and temperature controls fitted, allowing homeowners to save energy and money on unnecessary heating.
COMINATION BOILERS ON BOILER PLUS
In addition to these requirements, the new legislation will require all those fitting new combination (combi) boilers to include one of the following in their system:
1. Flue gas heat recovery systems= Incoming cold water is circulated around the top of the boiler, pre-heating water to use less fuel.
2. Load compensation= A system that allows the temperature of water in the boiler based on the actual room temperature.
3. Weather Compensation= Similar to load compensation, this feature changes the heating temperature based on the outside temperature.
4. Smart Controls= This feature offers intelligent, internet-connected heating control, providing automation and optimisation of your boiler usage.
Eco free Boiler UK works under the Government backed ECO scheme, making it more than easy to claim your free grant towards a brand-new energy efficient boiler.
CAVITY WALL INSULATION
Cavity wall insulation is a simple and cost-effective way of retaining heat in your home by preventing up to a third of heating from escaping. Therefore, energy efficiency is improved and you can save up to £300 a year on energy bills/heating costs.
It has been estimated that around 3 million homes have been affected by low quality and wrongly installed insulation in the UK.
DO I HAVE CAVITY WALLS?
Cavity walls were not a common feature in most homes until the early 1930s, so knowing the date that your house was built is a good indicator. If your house was built after 1930, it is likely that your home has cavity walls.
If you are still unsure, check the thickness of your wall by measuring the width near a window or door. If the wall is wider than 260mm, it is likely that your home features cavity walls.
IS MY HOUSE ELIGIBLE FOR CAVITY WALL INSULATION?
If you are confident that your home has a cavity wall, it is likely that you will be eligible for insulation to be added to your home.
Properties that are less than 10 years old will usually have cavity wall insulation already installed. But you can still benefit even if your property was built with some insulation in it. This is because most new houses are built with just enough insulation to meet the building regulations and are often compatible with a top-up.
Your home is usually suitable for cavity wall insulation if:
1. Walls currently have unfilled cavities.
2. Cavities are at least 50mm in width
3. Brickwork is in general good condition.
CAVITY WALL INSULATION EXTRACTION
Eco Free Boiler UK are experts in identifying cavity wall problems and will undertake FREE site surveys at no cost to the customer.
If any problems are identified, all cavities will be cleared of “old” insulation and debris, inspected and then certified as being completely clear. Only when completely clear can a cavity be filled with bonded bead and a CIGA Guarantee will be issued.
WHY SHOULD I REPLACE MY EXISTING INSULATION?
Older insulation materials such as:
1. Urea Formaldehyde Board
2. Mineral Fibre
3. Glass Fibre
can break down over time and start to hold moisture causing problems, such as dampness. Brick and mortar can also contribute to this problem as they are of a porous nature, allowing moisture to penetrate into insulation material.
If the insulation gets damp, with little air circulation the dampness can become saturated, and the insulation material soon becomes a heat inhibiter rather than an insulator. This dampness can then penetrate into the inside wall causing darkened damp spots, crumbling plaster or fungal decay. If not dealt with this could lead to structural damage. Similarly, poorly or incorrectly installed insulation material, may cause voids in the insulation causing cold spots in large areas of outer walls.
With advances in technology over the last 40 years, modern-day materials, such as Graphite Plus have superior insulation properties. Therefore, extracting old insulation material and replacing it with these new materials will save ongoing costs and make for a warmer household.
HOW IS THE EXTRACTION DONE?
The redundant cavity wall insulation is removed using an industrial vacuum machine and a recognised approved drill pattern is drilled. Then using compressed air, the old insulation material is directed towards the vacuum and extracted.
The drill pattern is followed in the removal of insulation material and possible debris and a borescope is used to check that the entire cavity wall is clear. All waste material is then bagged and taken away.
Once all completed the customer will be issued with a new 25 Year CIGA Guarantee.
EXTERNAL WALL INSULATION
Homes built before 1920 will normally have a ’solid wall’, which does not have a cavity that can be filled and therefore an external or internal solution is required.
Solid walls let through twice as much heat as cavity walls, so insulating your solid walls is essential to increase energy efficiency and significantly reduce heating costs. For example, a three-bedroom semi-detached gas heated home could save as much as £490 on annual heating costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.9 tonnes. Furthermore, the application of an external wall insulation system can dramatically enhance the look of your home.
These benefits can also be applied to prefabricated houses.
If your property has a roof with attic space, loft insulation should be the first thing you look at, particularly since an estimated 25% of the heat in your home is lost through this area.
Even if you already have loft insulation in place it may be worth checking whether you have the recommended levels installed. The recommended depth for blanket-style insulation is between 250 and 270mm. If your loft insulation was installed some time ago there’s a good chance it is less than that.
Older houses with ‘suspended floors’, which are above a void, are more likely to lose heat through the floor. Therefore, while floor insulation is a great way to save money, it is by no means the first form of insulation you should look at for your home.
Is it worth insulating under floorboards?
So the simple answer is Yes – it is worth insulating under the floor boards. The problem is that, unless you have space to get under the floor boards, it means taking the floor boards up. The illustration above is a typically method of insulating.
First Time Central Heating Conversion from Electric to Gas Central Heating
If you’re currently all electric and there is a gas supply close by we can arrange for a brand new gas connection to your home. We will then install a boiler, radiators and various heating controls to provide a full central heating system with the full cost covered by the grant.
A central heating system has pipework and radiators which are connected to a boiler. The boiler provides the heat and the pump moves heated water from the boiler through the pipework to the radiators, and back to the boiler for reheating. It only needs to control the heating, as it heats hot water on demand.
FREE ELECTRIC STORAGE HEATER GRANTS
To qualify for a free storage heater grant you must have existing electric heating and be in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
Free Storage heater grants are available to fund the cost of replacing inefficient or faulty electric standard heaters or electric storage heaters.
* We can fit brand new high heat retention electric storage heaters that are fully programmable.
* Our new storage heaters charge the store overnight using low cost off-peak electricity.
* They also come with a handy 12 year guarantee!
This 100% Government backed nationwide scheme delivers free energy efficiency improvements as part of the Energy Company Obligation.
* You must be living in private accomodation that is for domestic use.
* These grants are not available if you live in Council or Housing Association accommodation.
* Someone living in the household must be claiming at least one of the qualifying benefits below.
WHAT TYPE OF HEATING QUALIFIES?
You should apply for an electric storage heater grant if:
1. Your electric storage heaters are 5+ years old or perhaps one (or several) are faulty.
2. You use standard electric heaters or fan heaters to heat your property.