First Time Central Heating Grants
First Time Central Heating Grants – Is It Really True?
If your home does not currently have central heating fitted , you may qualify for a full central heating grant from the government.
This grant will pay for the whole installation of a new central heating system for your property.
The Grant for Central Heating from the government Warm Front Scheme is available to all householders who own their own homes or who rent it from a private landlord.
It is strictly a first time heating scheme only so if you have had central heating fitted in the property previously, you will not qualify.
Why A Government Grant For Central Heating ?
Free Government Grants For Central Heating 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. In most cases they cover the full cost of the work.
If your home does not currently have gas central heating fitted and your home is heated by another method, then you may be eligible to apply for this scheme.
Full central heating grants are non-repayable and they will not have to be paid back in the future.
Who Is Eligible For Free Gas Central Heating?
- You must have a existing gas supply to your home
- You must be a home owner or private rented.
- You must receive a qualifying benefit or on a low income.
- Your home must have no heating system fitted
Your home must currently have one of the following heating
- Electric room / Storage heaters
- Gas / LPG Oil room heaters
- Gas fire with back boiler
- Coal Fire
- Electric underfloor / ceiling heating
Why Apply For A Grant ?
Which Benefits Qualify For A Free 1st Time Central Heating Grant?
- Child Benefit *
- Child Tax Credit
- Employment & Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Pension Credit – Guarantee
- Pension Credit – Savings
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
How Do I Apply For Free Central Heating ?
Applicants wishing to apply for First Time Central Heating Grant should complete a short survey as below.
Social Housing properties, housing association homes and those who live in shared ownership homes will not qualify for a Free Central Heating Grant.
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.
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What Is First Time Central Heating?
Free First Time Central Heating Grants are exactly that.
This is a scheme that is for homes that have never had central heating fitted in the past therefore it s strictly a First Time Central Heating Scheme Only
In most cases, the Grant for Central Heating will cover the full cost of installing central heating in your home.
Fill in the form below to see if you qualify for a Free Central Heating Installation Grant.
If you have an existing boiler fitted – YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE!
What Is The Value Of A Central Heating Grant?
The grant is worth up to £4000 depending on the size of your property.
The total costs for installing a new central heating system will usually be between £3000 -£5000 for example
A large, four bedroom house will require more radiators and pipework for example than a small two bed flat – but generally, we estimate that the full central heating installation costs will come to around £3,000 to £5,500 for an average three bedroom home.
Are There Free Central Heating Grants 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.
Are There 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.
Any Central Heating Grants for over 60s ?
Yes There are free central heating grants for over 60s.
Claim your Free central heating grant without delay if you receive Pension Credit with a Guarantee OR Savings Credit
Please double check your benefits paperwork for Pension Credit with Credit before proceeding with Central Heating Grants for Over 60s as it may have been replaced with Universal Credit.
Is The Central Heating Grant Really Free?
Yes for most applicants that meet the criteria. Please see the next headline.
This government Eco 3 scheme is funded by the ‘Big Six’ Utility companies.
Eco 3 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.
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.
Radiator Installation Costs
The total price of radiators can vary depending on the style you buy, with typical prices ranging from around £50 to £150 each.
Screwfix and Toolstation do some very good deals on replacement radiators and we always recommend you purchase from there to keep costs down.
If you were replacing a single radiator individually you would also need to calculate in a larger cost for the installation, which would also include bleeding the system.
– Heating engineers will typically charge around £300 a day for a two-man team, but when doing a full system installation, the job will usually be priced as a single cost rather than worked out on a day rate or by the hour.
When doing an entire installation, with several new radiators, it can bring the price down – we would expect the price for new radiators for a three bedroom home to be around £1,000 to £1,200.
Can I Get A Grant For Free Central Heating Replacement?
No. We are getting a lot of applicants for free central heating grants where the home has already got central heating fitted !
This scheme is for FIRST TIME CENTRAL HEATING only but people do not read the full criteria for the Central Heating Grant and still apply.
This results in many applications being forwarded straight to the dustbin unfortunately.
Please , if you have a boiler and radiators currently fitted in your home – YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE!
Homes with a boiler already fitted should apply for the BOILER GRANT SCHEME
Can Shared Ownership Get a Free Central Heating Grant?
Unfortunately, if you rent your home from your local council or housing association, or you live in a shared ownership home you will not qualify for a free gas central heating grant.
You or someone living with you must receive one of the qualifying State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances below OR qualify under ECO Flex Rules
Are There Grants for Central Heating Boilers?
Yes We are taking applications for backboilers and non condensing boilers over 1 7 years old which are exchanged for free under Eco 4.
Landlords and private tenants no longer qualify for boiler grants because it is the landlord’s responsibility to pay for these improvements.
Can You Get a Grant For Electric Central Heating?
Electric central heating is a very expensive way to heat your home and the grants are currently only available for gas central heating
We do not recommend fitting your home with an electricity-powered boiler, or fitting smart electric radiators as your power bills will be astronomical.
You can expect to easily increase your bills by over 40% by using electric as your main heating.
Are Central Heating Grants Available In Wales & Scotland ?
Yes -The whole of the UK has government funding for this fantastic first time central heating grant.
If you have no central heating fitted , you should apply now while funding is available.
When Is The Central Heating Scheme Ending?
The funding has been granted until 2026 but we feel the grant will run out before then.
Over 100 thousand heating systems have been fitted now and we anticipate that there will be a new focus towards renewable energy.
If you want to apply for central heating you should do it sooner than later.
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.
No Gas In Your Area- What Heating 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
How Much Is A New Boiler ?
Installing a traditional heating boiler connected to a cylinder will usually cost around £1,700 to £1,900 for the boiler and the install, and slightly more for a combi boiler – up to £2,000.
For a full breakdown of boiler installation costs, take a look at our dedicated boiler installation costs guide
The overall cost of the boiler may come down if included as part of a full central heating refit.
You may be entitled to a grant for a new boiler.
Only NON CONDENSING BOILERS AND BACK BOILERS NOW ACCEPTED
What Happens Once I’ve Applied For My Free Central Heating Grant?
We will check your application and if we feel you are eligible, we will move you to the next stage which will be forwarding your application to a government approved installer who has access to funding.
They will perform a data match and if you pass, they will contact you to book in for a survey.
Following a successful survey, you will be given an install date. From start to finsih , it usually takes up to 4 weeks.
If no gas supply / meter is available, then this time will increase.