Central Heating Grants In Scotland
Central Heating Grants In Scotland
Central heating grants in Scotland are available to both home owners and private tenants and the grant covers all fitting and materials needed to get you warm and cosy for years to come.
This fantastic grant is valued at over £4000 and has proved to be the number one grant for Scotland over the last 3 years.
Gas Central Heating Grants in Scotland are especially to help install people on low income benefits to enjoy a free a central heating system only for homes that have never had central heating installed before.
First time Central heating Grants are available to home owners and private tenants to all properties that are EPC Rating of E F G only.
The new rules introduced with the start of ECO4 on 1st April 2022, state that only homes with an existing mains gas supply will now qualify for the central heating grant in Scotland. No gas meters are now allowed to be fitted after this date to get the central heating grant.
Scottish Government Central Heating Scheme – Qualifying Benefits
To qualify for A Central Heating Grant in Scotland, either you or someone living permanently in your home must receive at least one of the following benefits.
- Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit & Savings
- Universal Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support
- Child Benefit (subject to maximum household income thresholds)
- Housing Benefit
Non Benefits Applicants For Scotland
ECO Flex Rules allow councils in Scotland to recommend that a householder qualifies for a central heating grant even if they don’t receive one of the qualifying benefits.
Funding for the grant still comes from the Government’s ECO Scheme and you can see the qualifying criteria by clicking HERE.
What Other Heating Grants & Insulation Schemes Are Available In Scotland
Other Heating Grants and insulation schemes also available for Scotland are :
- Free Home Insulation
- Free Loft Insulatin
- Free Solid Wall Insulation.
All Central heating grants and other heating grants do cover 100% of the cost for many properties.
There are no hidden charges.
The schemes are available to help us keep warm, reduce our fuel bills and to help the environment by reducing the carbon emissions produced when we heat our homes.
For heating grants, contact us directly to apply or get details of the registered and approved installers authorised to carry out work under the scheme in your area.
Who Is Eligible For A Free Heating Grant in Scotland
Schemes are available if the householder, their partner, or anyone living at the property receives certain benefits.
Boilers and even new heating systems can often be installed totally free or at a greatly reduced cost.
If no one living at the property gets any benefits you may still qualify if on a low income.
Can I choose the type of new central heating system?
No you cannot choose the type of heating system you want.
You need to pay privately if you wish to do this.
Choose from combi, system and conventional heat only boiler types as well as select your preferred manufacturer.
Boilers fitted under the scheme include Worcester Bosch, Vaillant, Baxi, Glow-Worm, Viessmann, Ideal and many others.
Will the new central heating system be installed totally free?
Yes . The amount of grant you can get is based on your property type and its energy efficiency.
The total cost of the work can vary depending upon what you want and the complexity of the installation. In many cases, the heating system can be installed totally free.
How long does the application process take?
You can often get your survey carried out within 7 days if your application is accepted.
The approval and confirmation of your grant could also be provided the same day or within 24 – 72 hours of you contacting us.
Central Heating Grants in Scotland
What Is First Time Central Heating?
First Time Central Heating grants are part of the Energy Company Obligation to fund new heating systems for those deemed in fuel poverty to enjoy a brand new gas central heating system fitted.
First Time Central Heating Grants are available to both home owners and tenants in privately rented homes.
In most cases, the Central Heating Grant will cover the full cost of installing central heating in your home.
Is The Grant Really Free?
Yes. This government Eco 3 scheme is funded by the ‘Big Six’ Utility companies.
Eco has been especially set up to help low income households in England, Scotland and Wales, to access funding to install central heating, free insulation, and other heating upgrades.The money comes from a levy of around £30 which is placed on every household’s electricity bill.
This money is collected by your energy supplier and fed into an ECO fund.
My home has had central heating but it has been removed, will I still qualify?
No – To qualify for first time central heating grants in Scotland your home must never have had a central heating system fitted before.
If it has had a central heating system fitted in the past and you have removed it, you will not qualify. Sorry
My home doesn’t have a mains gas supply, will I still qualify for a central heating grant?
No.All homes must have an existing mains gas supply that was fitted before April 2022 to qualify for the grant to install central heating for the first time.
Which Heating Types Qualify For The Grant To Install Central Heating?
If you have any of the below fitted as your main heating, you are eligible to apply for a Central Heating Grant
Electric room heaters / electric storage heaters.
Gas room heaters; includes fixed mains gas room heaters.
Gas fire with back boiler, ( no radiators fitted )
Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler.
Electric underfloor or ceiling heating
Bottled LPG room heating.
Solid fossil fuel / Oil room heaters.
Wood/biomass room heating.
No heating system in place.
Are there grants available for new boilers in Scotland?
Eligible homeowners can get a free boiler through the Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme as well as the Uk Warm Front Scheme.
The existing boiler needs to be a non condensing boiler to be eligible and your property needs to be an EFG EPC Rating.
You may also qualify for free loft and wall insulation, draught-proofing and renewable systems for generating your own energy.
What other grants are available for homeowners in Scotland?
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Why Apply For A Warm Front Heating Grant ?
✅ There Is No Catch – We Guarantee it !
✅ If Your Application Is Accepted Your Grant Is 100% FREE
✅ You Will Reduce Your Energy Bills By Up To £300 Per Year
✅ You Will Add Lots Of Value To Your Home
✅ The Scheme Has Limited Funding – Ends Soon
I would like to apply for a central heating grant, what do I do next?
Firstly, to apply for the Central Heating Grants in Scotland Scheme you need to complete the form below on this page of the website and it will be automatically emailed to us.
We will telephone you to confirm all of the information on the form and to arrange a free survey of your home and any heating system it currently has.
If you receive one of the qualifying benefits, with your permission we will carry out an automated check with the DWP that you do qualify.
What does the Central Heating grant cover?
Central heating grants in Scotland cover the cost of all materials and installation including a new mains gas central heating boiler, central heating radiators, all the necessary pipework and thermostatic heating controls.
If any plasterwork is damaged during the installation it will be repaired but the grant does not cover the cost of redecoration.
Why A Central Heating Grant?
Free Central Heating Grants have been especially to help pensioners who are likely to struggle to heat their home and who may be operating old expensive electric heating systems that they cannot afford to replace.
This fantastic Fuel Poverty scheme has proved to be a godsend for many aging households and over 10 thousand Free First Time Central Heating Grants have now been claimed since April 2018
Is The Scheme Available To Exchange Central Heating Boilers?
Yes There Is A scheme . See Here
What would I get with a Free Central Heating Grant?
The Free Central Heating Grant includes:
- A new boiler
- Up To 8 radiators
- All pipework
- New wireless heating controls
Who Is Eligible For Free Central Heating ?
To qualify for Government Help with Central Heating you must meet the following criteria:
- No gas boiler currently fitted
- Have never had gas central heating fitted in the past
- Be UK homeowner/ private tenant / Landlord with a tenant on benefits
- In receipt of a qualifying benefit
- A gas meter must have been installed on your property before April 2022
- your property EPC is between E-G rating,
You can see your EPC HERE by entering your post code.
What Happens Once I Have Applied For A Free Central Heating Grant?
If you believed to be eligible for the grant, we will forward your application to a government approved installer that has funding to fit the grant and they will then assume full responsibility for surveys and installs.
The procedure for eligible applicants usually is :
- Your eligibility is checked with DWP
- A 30 minute Home Survey Is carried Out
- Your heating is installed
How much will a new central heating system save me?
Replacing electric heating and installing new central heating potentially is going to save you hundreds of pounds each year.
You could reduce your heating bills by as much as £300 annually.
Do You Qualify For Free Insulation?
Apply Now If:
- In receipt of benefits
- Struggling to heat your home
- Currently without home insulation
How much does it cost to have Central Heating installed?
For a basic system, customers should expect to pay between £3,000 -£4,000 which will include up to 7 radiators and fitting as well as the required controls.
Can I get a grant for a Full Central Heating system?
First Time Central Heating Grants are available towards the cost of a Replacement Boiler or A brand new full Central Heating system.
Central heating grants are part of a Government-backed scheme called the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO3) which was set up in 2018 to reduce carbon and help alleviate fuel poverty.
Depending on the property type of the applicant, the grant usually covers the full cost of the work except in the case of small flats and mid terraced houses, where a contribution of up to £1000 will be needed.
Full central heating grants are non-repayable and they will not have to be paid back in the future.
Is There Free Central Heating For over 60s?
Yes. Over 60s and pensioners in receipt of Pension Guaranteed Credit or other disability benefits are eligible for a free central heating grant as long as they meet the criteria as above.
Is There Free Central Heating For landlords?
Yes. Landlords are eligible to apply as long as they have a tenant in residence on a qualifying benefit and there is no central heating system in place at the property.
Can you get a grant for electric central heating?
Grants are currently only available for gas central heating.
Can I get a grant for new radiators?
There are no grants currently available to replace old radiators (as part of a central heating system) and you will be responsible for their replacement even if they have been fitted as part of a grant in the past. Electric Storage heaters however do have grants currently available at the moment which are 100% fully funded.
Can Social Housing Tenants Apply For Free Central Heating?
Tenants in council owned homes, in housing association homes and householders living in shared ownership homes do not qualify for First Time Central Heating Grants.
Can I Apply If I Have No Gas Supply?
If you do not currently have a gas supply (but there is gas in the area / street)
The grant may fully fund a new gas supply connection and we will arrange this as part of the application.
There may be a delay of up to 8 weeks while this is fitted.
Are Their Central Heating Grants For Non Benefit People?
If you do not receive any of the qualifying benefits you may qualify for first time central heating grant under the Eco Flex or LAD schemes.
These are schemes where local councils can recommend that you receive a central heating grant if you satisfy their rules regarding fuel poverty.
You would qualify if you have to spend more than 10% of your income to heat your home. Each council set their own rules and you should check your council’s statement of intent. You will also need to arrange to have a gas meter installed in your home.
No Gas In Your Area- What Is Available?
If a gas supply is not available in your area, (subject to funding) first time central heating grants may fund one of the following:
- Biomass Boiler
- LPG Boiler
- Air Source Heat Pump
- Ground Source Heat Pump
- Electric Boiler
In most cases any of the above will require a contribution from the applicant.
What Does The Central Heating Grant Cover?
First Time Central Heating Grants cover the cost of:
- Supplying and installing a central heating boiler
- All radiators
- All necessary pipework
- All heating control systems.
- 5 year Warranty
Is Insulation Included In The Central Heating Grant Scheme?
To qualify for First Time Central Heating Grants, your home will need to be adequately insulated.
This is to ensure that you benefit fully from the central heating system without unnecessary heat loss through the walls and roof of your home.
When Does The First Time Central Heating Scheme End?
First Time Central Heating Grants from the Government’s ECO Scheme should be available until March 2022.
If you think that you may qualify for a First Time Central Heating Grant, you should apply immediately, whilst funding is available.
How Do I Apply For A Central Heating Grant?
Applicants wishing to apply for First Time Central Heating Grant should complete a short survey form on this website page.
Based on the information you provide, if you are deemed eligible, our installer network call you back to book you in for a short qualifying survey
What Is The Application Process?
- You Fill In A Form
- We arrange a survey of your home and its existing heating system.
- The surveyor completes the official grant application form on your behalf.
- An electronic check is made with the Department for Work and Pensions to confirm that you receive a qualifying state benefit.
- Your grant application is submitted to the ECO Scheme and if approved, money is allocated from the ECO Fund.
The ECO Approved installer will then book your central heating installation at a convenient time. Actual installation will take a few days.
Free Central Heating For Over 70s –
He also announced a £300 award for retirees who are not on means-tested pensions, which is accessible to anyone regardless of income and may be used to pay for installing central heating for the first time.
- He also promised to assist the over-60s in improving the insulation of their homes.
- Repairing outdated or broken boilers and electric storage heaters can be covered by grants.
- If you don’t have central heating, they may be able to help you with the expense of getting it installed.
Landlords and private tenants who receive a qualified benefit, tax credit, or allowances are eligible for the central heating grant system, which does not need a repayment. Homeowners who get a benefit are currently eligible for boiler grants.
The Energy Retail Association’s Home Heat Helpline, which can be reached at 0800 336699, is for customers who have central heating but could benefit from more insulation.
It would provide free loft and cavity wall insulation to seniors and anyone else who is considered to be in fuel poverty, defined as spending 10% of their earnings on energy bills.
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