If you need a new boiler but don’t think you’ll be able to afford it, don’t worry. There are plenty of boiler grants and discounts available to help with everything from insulation, heating bills and even your boiler’s annual safety check.
Warm Front Scheme
The Government is keen to encourage people to replace their old, inefficient boilers in favour of new, A-grade boilers that will not only help to cut the UK’s rising energy bills, but will also give off fewer CO2 emissions.
Warm Front grants are available to both homeowners and people renting from private landlords who would otherwise struggle to replace their old heating systems or have their home insulated. Those that qualify can get up to £3,500 towards a new boiler, improvements to their heating system or insulation to make their home more energy efficient. This goes up to £6,000 if you have an oil-fired heating system.
To find out if you can get a boiler grant, simply visit the Warm Front website or read our guide to heating grants.
Renewable energy grants
If you’re thinking of installing some renewable energy products such as solar panels, ground source heat pumps, a biomass heater or even a small wind turbine, you might be able to get a grant from your energy provider.
All of the major energy providers offer these types of products – and grants to go with them – and you don’t have to take your gas and electricity from them to qualify, so check out their latest offers online, or get some free renewable energy quotes from local, vetted installers for more information.
Winter Fuel Payments
The government’s Winter Fuel Payments plan is aimed at reducing fuel poverty for people born after 5th January 1951.
Energy supplier finance
Most energy suppliers offer finance plans to help cover the cost of a new boiler or upgrades to your central heating system, but even if you’re struggling to get the cash together, we don’t advise that you use them.
They charge extremely high interest rates – around 30% in most cases – and you would be far better off getting a credit card that has an interest-free purchase offer or a low rate bank loan.
Search for grants
The Energy Saving Trust website offers a search mechanism so that you can find out exactly which grants are available in your postcode and for your home and circumstances. Visit the website and search for boiler grants.