Did you know you can save around £310 a year by replacing your oldboiler with an A rated model? Around 60 percent of a home’s utility spending goes on paying to heat your home and on hot water.
If you don’t have the money to pay for a new boiler, rest assured there are several government schemes that will enable you to mitigate the cost. These include:
- Boiler scrappage scheme
- ECO funding
- Green Deal schemes
If you need a new boiler, applying under one of these schemes could allow you to save cash or even benefit from a free model.
Boiler scrappage scheme
The government’s boiler scrappage scheme has now closed. This encouraged people to upgrade their heating systems and improve energy efficiency by enabling people to claim a rebate for their new boiler. However, some energy providers are now offering their own scrappage schemes, to make installing your new boiler cheaper.
ECO free boilers
As part of the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), which comes under the Affordable Warmth grant scheme, you can get a free boiler depending upon your circumstances. The ECO allows people who get child tax credits and have an income of less than £15,860, or who get pension credit and other benefits, to get a free boiler. You may also be able to receive loft and cavity wall insulation free of charge.
You don’t need to have a broken boiler to benefit from this scheme, but you will need to have an older, more inefficient one – and only gas boilers qualify, not oil. This doesn’t just save you money on the cost of your installation, you’ll also benefit from continued savings based on your reduced energy bill.
Usually, it’ll take between 4 to 12 weeks to have your boiler installed under this scheme, so it makes sense to do it now rather than waiting for your old model to pack in.
If you don’t qualify for a free boiler, you could still fund your new one through the Green Deal, which enables you to make improvements to save energy in your home without having to pay for everything up front.
The green deal extends from boilers to insulation, draught proofing and even double glazing so it’s well worth a look if you need any of these upgrades to your house.
If you’re looking for a way to boost the energy efficiency of your home without paying through the