Free Central Heating 2022

Free Central Heating 2022



 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.



Who Can Apply For The Grant ?


  • You are a homeowner or tenant
  • You have no central heating fitted
  • Your home must currently have one of the following heating systems OR no heating at all:
  1. Electric room heaters
  2. Inefficient electric storage heaters
  3. Gas room heaters
  4. Gas fire with back boiler
  5. Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler
  6. Electric underfloor or ceiling heating (not an electric boiler)
  7. Bottled LPG room heaters
  8. Solid fossil fuel room heaters
  9. Wood or biomass room heaters
  10. Oil room heaters





Which Benefits Qualify For The Central Heating Scheme?

  • 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




Any Central Heating Grants for over 60s ?


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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 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.

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 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.



How is the amount of a free central heating grant calculated?


The amount of your Free Gas Central Heating grant can only be calculated after a full survey of your home has been carried out.

This is because every property is awarded a different grant for each property type and what is  presently being used as its main heating type.

For example -electric room heaters as the property main source of heating would achieve a much larger grant than a gas fire being the main heating.

It is all about how much carbon is saved after the central heating is fitted with the grant being awarded accordingly.

Being a Government scheme, the calculation is very complicated

However, the survey is free whether you qualify or not.




How Much Is A New Boiler ?


Boiler Scrappage Schemee
Boiler Scrappage Scheme

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.




Radiator Installation Costs

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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 Full Central Heating Replacement?



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

A contribution is required.



Can I Get A Free Oil / LPG Central Heating System


There are no grants for oil fired or LPG central heating systems at the moment unfortunately.

This is because there are extra costs involved such as a new LPG tank which itself usually costs around £1000.

The oil boiler grant scheme was discontinued back in 2017 and so if you do not have gas in the area, you will not be able to apply.





Can a shared ownership home get a free central heating grant?


Grants For Free Insulation (6)
Grants For Free Insulation (6)

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


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.



Can I get a grant for new radiators?

home energy grants
home energy grants

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 I Get A Grant To Replace My Central Heating Boiler ?

Boiler Scrappage Schemee
Boiler Scrappage Schemee

Yes. There are grants available to replace old boilers but……….boilers are not fully funded and you will need to pay a contribution.

The contribution is usually from £499 -£999 which is less than half price. This still represents a fantastic saving and you should apply quickly as the scheme does have limited funding.

Also There are not many companies operating the boiler grant scheme due to funding restrictions and many areas have now stopped installing grant boilers.


How do I qualify for a Boiler Grant?

Home owners in receipt of a qualifying benefit with a boiler over 7 years old are eligible to apply for a new boiler on the Eco 3 scheme but a contribution of up to £1000 will be required.

Landlords and private tenants no longer qualify for boiler grants because it is the landlord’s responsibility to pay for these improvements.




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 Is Available?

Eco 3 Grants

If a gas supply is not available in your area, (subject to funding) first time central heating grants may fund one of the following:

  1. Biomass Boiler
  2. LPG Boiler
  3. Air Source Heat Pump
  4. Ground Source Heat Pump
  5. 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.

Cavity wall insulation and roof loft insulation will be installed in your home for free (unless it is already present) as a condition of funding.


How is the free gas central heating grant calculated?










The amount awarded of your Free Gas Central Heating grant can only be calculated after a full survey of your home and its existing  heating system.

However, the survey is free whether you qualify or not.

Being a Government scheme, the calculation is complicated but as a general rule , the bigger the property, the bigger the grant.




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.






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