There are many factors that go into determining just how much a particular homeowner is going to spend on their energy expenses throughout the year. It has to do with the boiler itself, the insulation they have, the age of the insulation, and more.
For many homes, central heating is the primary source of heat. For those individuals who may qualify, there are certain government grants and schemes that provide free central heating or an upgrade of their boiler.
Who Qualifies for Free Central Heating Grants?
Getting a new, free heating system may sound like a great deal, and it is. Not only can this improve energy efficiency throughout the home, it can also save the homeowner a tremendous amount of money every single month and throughout the year. The average property owner can save up to 455 pounds for a detached home. While that might not seem like a great deal, when you consider how long the average boiler can last, up to 20 or 30 years, it becomes clear that you may save anywhere between £5,000 and £10,000 over the life that boiler.
When you begin looking into other energy improvements, such as insulation, the savings can be even more. The average homeowner throughout the UK spends approximately 55 percent of their energy expenses on heating their home.
So who qualifies? There are certain criteria that need to be met in order to qualify for free gas central heating or other home improvements that boost energy efficiency. In general, they can include:
- You must be a homeowner or a private tenant.
- If you’re a tenant of a housing association, you need to own over 50 percent of the property.
- You need to receive at least one of six different income related benefits.
- Your existing boiler needs to be at least five years old.
- The property needs to be directly connected to a mains gas network.
Breaking these requirements down into more detail can help many homeowners and private tenants determine whether or not they actually qualify for free central heating.
You must be a homeowner or a private tenant.
You need to own at least a 50 percent stake in a housing association property or be an independent homeowner or a tenant renting from a private landlord. If you are a private tenant, you need to gain permission from the landlord before applying for free central heating.
You need to receive at least one of six different income related benefits.
The six income related benefits include:
- Child tax credit for household incomes under £16,010
- Income based jobseekers allowance
- Working tax credit for household incomes under £16,010
- Pension credit, such as a state pension top up
- Income support
Even though you may qualify for a central heating grant or free upgrades on your boiler based on these requirements and criteria, there may be additional criteria that need to be met as well. This general list should not give anyone the false sense that they would immediately qualify for free central heating based on it. Also keep in mind that criteria can change at any given time.
Here are some basic criteria that need to be met with regard to the boiler you have on your property at the moment:
The boiler has to be at least five years old or older. It also needs to have an existing rating of C to G.
The boiler needs to rate as being less than 86% efficient and if you’re not sure, you can check out the PCDB database to find out. The property also needs to be accessible to mains gas.
A deal too good to be true?
It’s easy to assume that these offers may be too good to be true, but they’re not. The government has been taking great strides to improve energy efficiency of homes and businesses throughout the nation.
It’s also a great way to help save homeowners a tremendous amount of money on their utility expenses, especially with regard to energy and heat during the winter. Through the Energy Companies Obligation funding scheme, the government is providing financial resources to energy suppliers to reach out and help improve energy efficiency of homes throughout the country. They’re also placing increased pressure on these energy suppliers to do this by imposing fines and penalties if certain quotas are not met.
As a result, even though you may not qualify for a free central heating system based on these criteria, they could vary from one company to the next. It’s a good idea to contact your energy supplier and find out if you can qualify for central heating grants. The big 6 are:
Even if you don’t qualify for a free gas central heating system to be installed in your home, you should take advantage of the opportunity to improve your boiler system and save money month after month, year after year. Replacing an old, inefficient boiler can actually save you £300 a year and even more.
The most important thing is to take action now.