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Warm Front Grants 2023
The Warm Front Grant Scheme has been ongoing since 2013 and it is very possible that over a million boilers + have now been exchanged at no cost to the applicant.
This scheme has been very popular with Joe public and most applicants have saved themselves over £2000 by replacing their old boilers for free.
Many people would not have been able to afford to change their very old boilers so this fuel poverty grant has been a godsend for all those living on a low income.
Boilers can still be changed on the new scheme
Other heating grants to include Storage Heaters- Free central Heating have also been very popular.
How Do Warm Front Grants help reduce your heating bills?
Upgrading your heating for free will usually save you a minimum of £20 per month off your heating bills.
Many applicants have reported savings in excess of this especially if the heating they were upgrading were over 20 years old. This is more true for Electric storage heaters that are notorious for high bills.
Many thousands of applicants have now received a brand new boiler worth over £2000 from the FREE Warm Front Government Grants Scheme since it started in 2013
These grants are fantastic and do combat fuel poverty and help all people on a low income to reduce their heating bills.
Who Qualifies For A Free Warm Front Heating Grant?
Heating grants are currently only available to home owners as the private sector are no longer eligible.
A contribution towards the cost may sometimes be required for some grants .
Heat pumps will need a large contribution..
This will vary depending on the property type and the current heating system . A survey will advise you of any cost.
Which Benefits Qualify For A 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
Are These Grants Real ?
Yes. -I have worked in the grant industry for over 9 years and can confirm that Government Heating Grants are 100% real.
I have been responsible for many thousands of free boiler & storage heater upgrades over the years.
If you have old electric storage heaters, you can apply for the Storage Heater Replacement Grant which is a scheme that is very popular at the moment.
Old storage heaters are replaced for Free.
Free Central Heating Grants
Free Central Heating is available for homes that do not have central heating fitted or any radiators.
Central Heating Grants are available for the installation of central heating systems into homes which do not have, and have not previously had a central heating system
To qualify for central heating grants, the new central heating system must provide space heating through a boiler, connected to radiators.
Are There Any Heating Grants For LPG & OIL Boilers 2022?
Unfortunately there are no grants to replace oil & LPG boilers and we do not anticipate their reintroduction due to the governments policy on fossil fuel heating.
All gas , oil and lpg heating will be phased out over the next 10 years or so.
Any Warm Front Grants for Over 60s
All the above grants are available to over 60s and pensioners subject to they being in receipt of Pension Credit Guaranteed or Savings Credit.
Most Oaps will be on a disability related benefit but these benefits are no longer eligible.
Pensioners on a very low income can also apply down the LAD route which is a scheme where benfits are not needed.
We recommend you apply and we will give your enquiry a free check.
Are There Warm Front Grants In Scotland?
Yes – Scotland and Wales are both included in the Eco Heating Grants Scheme and all heating measures above are available to residents in both countries.
We cover the whole of the UK for heating Grants so please make the application
What Warm Front Grants Are Available For Disabled People ?
Unfortunately, all disabled benefits have now been removed from the ECO Scheme and are no longer eligible.
Disabled people will now need to be on an income related benefit or apply via the LAD Scheme which does not need benefits but you still need to meet various criteria as set out by your local council.
Non Benefits Claimants
You could still qualify Under The Local Authority LAD / LA FLEX Scheme which is scheme where many local councils allow people not on benefits to qualify for grants.
Each council has their own criteria but usually your household income needs to be below £30000. Some Councils Less.
Check your councils statement of intent.
You will need to provide :
- 3 months bank statements
- utility bill
- A Completed Application form.
Not Sure If You Qualify? – We advise you apply for a grant as you may be sucessfu
Applied In The Past For a Warm Front Grant But Heard Nothing?
You probably DO NOT QUALIFY !
These grants are now very difficult to access with the criteria being tightened all the time.
- Many people apply without reading the full criteria too to see if they are eligible.
- We do get a lot of spurrious applications too which are always deleted
- We are always happy to give you a free check so do fill in the form and we will come back to you if you are eligible
Warm Front Grant For Eco 4
Not looking good for heating measures for Eco 4.
- Any heating measures will need to be accompanied by an insulation measure ( if needed of course ).
No more boiler or storage heaters only if insulation measures are still found to be needed at the property. ( BEIS have finally caught on )
- No more duals.
- First time central heating ( FTCH ) limited to homes with an existing gas supply.
- Electric heated homes no longer eligible for FTCH (unless they have an existing gas supply)
- Oil & LPG boilers still excluded for exchange.
- Gas Warm Air Heating & gas room heaters can now qualify for FTCH
- Non Condensing Boilers ( boilers over 15 years old ) uncapped for exchange
- Solar PV – electric heated homes can apply for this
- Air Source Heat Pumps – ( not really Eco) but grants will be available for boilers to be upgraded under the new Boiler Upgrade Scheme. The government will give you £5000 towards a new heat pump with the applicant paying £2500 or so.
Looking on the bright side …………………………no more 5 year old “broken boilers” will go to landfill 😁
The Return Of Storage Heaters ?
Not really. 🙁
It seems that these will be capped at 5000 ( As well as boilers )
However taken from the consultation ” Inefficient heating systems upgraded with efficient heating will not be subject to a cap”
suggests that more can qualify for exchanged if proved to be inefficient.
I’ll await clarification!
Warm Front Grants For Insulation For Eco 4
Gas Heated Properties will now qualify for insulation ……………………………….. HOORAY 😁
However , I believe that OFF GAS HOMES will still be well sought out by installers due to their lower EPC ratings so dont get too excited about this new addition to allow insulation for gas heated homes.
20000 solid wall homes per year will qualify for Solid Wall Insulation which will be very popular and will be massively oversubscribed.
Lots of applicants will be left disappointed ( especially mid terraced homes ! )
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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
Warm Front Grants How Does It Work 2023 ?
ECO 4 is the next stage of the Government scheme to upgrade heating and insulation for those on means tested benefits in the UK.
Eco 4 will run from July 1 2022- 2026 and will cost £4 billion in total.
1 billion £ per year has been earmarked to be spent for the next 4 years on improvements to reduce the UK carbon footprint and reduce energy costs for the most vulnerable people who are on a low income.
This is an increase in funding for the previous schemes of around 25 % to show the UK commitment to carbon zero targets.
ECO 4 will be a PAS (Publicly Available Specification) led fabric first approach, therefore compliance with PAS 2030 and PAS2035 will be required.
To learn more about the New Eco 4 Scheme please visit the Ofgem Website
Eco 4 In A NutShell
- A minimum target of improving 150,000 private tenure homes in E, F & G bands to a minimum target of D.
- A solid wall minimum target of 90,000 solid wall measures over the 4-year scheme,- includes both internal wall and external wall insulation.
- To get first time central heating, you will be required to have solid wall insulation, or cavity wall insulation.
- No replacement or installation of Oil or LPG tanks.
- 35% off-gas rural uplift for Scotland and Wales.
- LA-Flex increased to 50% for energy companies. This is a new scheme to target households on low incomes, but not in receipt of benefits.
What is the difference between ECO3 and ECO4 energy grants?
A broken boiler and electric storage heating (ESH) replacement cap for efficient heating will be set at 5,000 per year.
This will not last long and will probably run out in the first 3 months.
Inefficient heating systems upgraded with efficient heating will not be subject to a cap.
Repairs will be capped at 5,000 homes per year, subject to certain conditions.
What Is The Main Focus For Eco4 ?
INSULATION, INSULATION, AND INSULATION!
For Eco 4 only homes ( home owned and private rented ) with an energy efficiency band of D to G will be eligible for grant funding. This is so the funding will only be aimed at the worst insulated homes in the UK
The minimum requirement will be for F & G bands to be increased to D and for E & D bands to be increased to C.
For Social Housing and the Private Rented Sector (PRS), ECO 4 will support the least efficient homes in bands E to G only.
Measures available through the new Eco 4 grant scheme
- loft insulation,
- cavity wall insulation,
- solid wall insulation
- boiler replacement
- storage heater replacement.
- Heat Pumps
- Solar Panels
Eco 4 – Not For People In Fuel Poverty !
I hope when the new prime minister gets in, He /She has the decency to start helping people in fuel poverty and redesigns the Eco 4 Scheme.
The new Eco 4 Scheme does nothing to help the most vulnerable people in society and the new energy price rise announced today will be the final straw for a lot of people.
I remember people killing themseves over the poll tax fiasco when some could not afford to pay this tax and taking drastic action.
No Storage Heaters Or Insulation Sorry
The most expensive form of heating are old storage heaters and many people on the breadline live in flats which are usually electric heated. The government have chosen not to provide any funding to exchange old storage heaters for Eco 4.
I suppose their thinking is to help decrease the surplus population in the Uk !
Also insulation for gas heated properties has not been allowed for this scheme again.
Increased Demand For Insulation
Im throwing away 2 thirds of all leads from people in genuine need of upgrading their insulation but because they have the wrong form of heating they cant have it!
Also, all people applying for storage heaters are going in the bin too.
Tens Of Thousands Of £ For Off Gas Homes
Instead the helping people in fuel poverty the govenment are giving between 10 to 30 thousand £ worth of measures to off gas homes so that they can have FREE AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS & FREE SOLID WALL INSULATION.
What a scandal.
I suppose the fatcats will be happy! 😡
Money Wisely Spent?
Im sure all the people who cant afford to put their heating on or afford to cook a meal will be happy that the energy levy they are paying on their bills is being spent wisely!
I heard today from 1 landlady ( who I turned down for new storage heaters ) has a tenant who has to have cold showers because of the worry of the heating cost.
No new storage heaters or insulation for gas properties which is needed to help these people. Instead the govenment are giving 10 to 30 thousand £ worth of measures to off gas homes. What a scandal. I suppose the fatcats will be happy! 😡Im sure all the people who cant put their heating on or afford to cook a meal will be happy that the energy levy they are paying on their bills is being spent wisely!
What Is The Criteria For The Eco 4 Scheme 2022
To qualify you must satisfy the criteria below You must :
- Be a resident at the property and receive a qualifying benefit or be on a low income ( BELOW 30000 )
- Be a home owner or private tenant
- Have old heating and insulation that needs upgrading.4- Your property must be in EPC Band D-E -F-G
Are All Councils Partaking In The New The Eco 4 Scheme
This first round of funding will go to 22 local authorities in England.
Please see Gov Uk For a list of councils.
The worst performing homes, ranging from Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Bands ‘D’ to’ G’, are eligible to receive efficiency upgrades under HUG.
BEIS says up to 4300 low-income homes will benefit from this round of funding, and it expects them to see their fuel bills cut by up to £200 a year.
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has allocating funding of £950million to pay for the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG).
£67m going to local authorities across England to improve low-income, off-gas grid households.
Grants will pay for energy efficiency measures such as wall and roof insulation as well as new low carbon heating systems, thermostats and room heating controls.
Works are expected to be completed by the end of March 2023.
Low Income Homes Will Benefit
The money will help people who are most vulnerable to fuel poverty, who are on low incomes, and are living in off-gas grid homes which cost a lot more to heat.
Rented and owner-occupiers are eligible and these upgrades will help to reduce their bills and make their homes warmer.
A statement from BEIS said: “The funding is part of the £6.6 billion the government is investing this parliament to decarbonise buildings, of which over £2 billion is aimed specifically at lower-income households.
This will play a significant role in helping the UK to reach its world-leading climate change ambitions and, with upgraded insulation making it easier to keep homes warm, it will save people money on their energy bills.”
Will You Have To Pay Back The Grant In The Future
NO. If you are awarded a home improvement grant under the government eco scheme, you will not have to repay anything back in the future, even if you move home.
Funding has been set aside by the Big Energy Companies who raise this money by a levy on all UK fuel bills. This levy is approx £29 per year which is paid by all utility users.
Do not feel guilty as in effect they are only giving you your money back!
The grant and warranty will be awarded free of charge as long as you meet the very strict criteria.
Do Social Housing Qualify for a grant?
Will All Heating Grants Be Free For Eco 4?
Money to install the heating and insulation measures are sourced through the scheme and its grants, so you won’t have to pay out to cover our costs during the process apart from Heat Pumps which require a large contribution
This allows you to get your brand new boiler and most insulation measures totally free of charge.
Eco 4 Grants 2022 – The Energy Company Obligation
The Energy Company Obligation has a good track record of delivering such upgrades to homes.
Since 2013, it has installed around 3.5 million energy efficiency measures in 2.4 million homes across Great Britain.
In April, we published the response to the consultation on the future of the Energy Company Obligation across Great Britain, committing to an expansion of the scheme from £640 million to £1 billion a year and extending it by four years to 2026.
Today the Government has laid the regulations for the scheme.
The last iteration of the Energy Company Obligation scheme, ECO3, came to an end on 31 March 2022 and since 1 April 2022, ECO3 measures could continue to be delivered to previous scheme rules (subject to some exceptions) until 30 June 2022.
Similarly, suppliers have had the option to deliver to the new scheme, ECO4, rules from 1 April 2022.
What Will Happen For Eco 4
ECO4 will based on properties meeting the Minimum Requirement (MR) .
To achieve this, you will need to improve a property’s SAP score sufficiently to achieve an increase in the EPC Band from F or G to an E or from D or E to a C.
This can only be done with a multi measure approach to all grant applicants.
This will mean that you will no longer be able to offer a single measure for loft or cavity insulation and that homes will need to fully insulate their home (where needed ) to qualify for the grant scheme.
Government will mandate minimum energy efficiency improvements requiring Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band F and G homes to be improved to a minimum Band D .
a Band D and E homes to be improved to a minimum Band C, contributing to our statutory fuel poverty target and interim milestone.
To make greater progress on upgrading the least energy efficient homes, there is a minimum target of upgrading 150,000 Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band E, F and G private tenure homes.
This will ensure the least energy efficient homes are not left behind.
Furthermore, a minimum target of 90,000 solid wall insulation measures is introduced to maintain the focus on insulating harder to treat homes, while supporting the solid wall insulation industry.
Heating Repairs To Boilers & Storage Heaters
Under the scheme, support for repairs and replacements of broken gas and electric storage heating systems will be limited to 5,000 homes per year.
The repair of inefficient oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) systems will be permitted as a last resort where renewable heating cannot be installed.
This will ensure measures installed under ECO4 align with the Government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy and net zero targets.
Homes in off-gas rural areas will be incentivised in Scotland and Wales, to ensure homes that may be harder to reach and more expensive to deliver are not left behind.
ECO4 has been designed to complement the Home Upgrade Grant in off-gas homes in England, social housing funding and the private rented sector regulations.
It will continue to work alongside existing energy efficiency and fuel poverty policies in Scotland and Wales.
LA FLEX SCHEMES
Up to 50% of a supplier’s obligation may be delivered under the reformed Flexible Eligibility mechanism (ECO4 Flex), an increase from 25% under the previous scheme.
ECO4 Flex enables local authorities, the Scottish and Welsh Governments and energy suppliers to target and refer other low-income households who may not be in receipt of means tested benefits.
A new scoring methodology will be introduced, providing greater support to the worst performing homes.
Support will continue for new and innovative installation methods and measures via a reformed Innovation Measure mechanism.
Only fully tested measures with adequate consumer protection will be eligible.
Rising Energy Bills
This expansion of the scheme forms part of the wider support package to help households with rising energy bills.
In May, in recognition of increased cost of living and continued rising energy costs, a package of support worth £37 billion was announced, which includes the Energy Bills Support Scheme.
Most vulnerable households will receive at least £1,200 of support this year and, all households will receive a £400 grant as a credit from energy suppliers from October 2022 onwards,
This does not need to be repaid.
Ban Gas Boilers By 2035
To help with the government target of banning all gas boiler sales by 2035 , lots of cash incentives are being dangled in front of cash property owners to replace their old gas boilers with heat pumps as soon as possible.
Carbon emissions by boilers are a major source of carbon so boilers are the main priority at the moment
Cuts in VAT and cash grants will do lots to help the UK meet its carbon targets.
50% More LAD Scheme Funding
More funding is being given for this scheme where people do not need to be on a benefit to qualify for Eco funding.
They will need to meet their local councils criteria which is usually low income and with a health condition.
With the removal of a lot of qualifying benefits such as DLA and PIP etc , this will force all those on disability benefits down the LAD route which is rather silly really.
This is the easiest way for the government to manipulate figures and statistics but making it a lot harder for the industry to get a job over the line with all the extra paperwork and criteria etc . 🙂
Life Time Savings – The End
The life times savings LTS scoring mechanism is being renamed as the new Annual Bill Savings ( ABS ) to reinforce the message that the scheme is designed to reduce heating bills.
Lifetime savings not really very clear on its purpose and could refer to a funeral directors! 🙂
Installer Incentive For Multi Measures
Partial Project Scores PPS and Full Project Scores FPS are being brought in to dangle the carrot to installers making it very much in their interest to adopt the whole house approach and install as many measures as possible.
The more measures installed , the better the payment.
A bonus of up to 30% could be on the table for installers going down this route.
OFF THE MENU / BEING DISCONTINUED
- LPG bottles & tanks
- No new gas connections.
- Single insulation measure
- Single heating measures
- Many Disability Benefits
- No more combi boiler swaps.
- New gas connections
Which Benefits Will Qualify For Green Homes Grants ?
- Child Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Employment & Support Allowance
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Pension Credit – Guarantee
- Pension Credit – Savings Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Child Benefit Income Threshholds
Type of Claimant – Number Of Qualifying Children
1 2 – 3 – 4 or more
Single Claimant 1 9800 – 24600 – 29400 – 34200
Member Of A Couple 27300 – 32 100 – 36900 – 41700
Which Benefits Being Removed For Eco 4
These benefits no longer eligible from July 1 2022
- Industrial Injuries Benefit
- Armed Forces Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disabled Living Allowance
- War Pension Mobility
ECO 4 Summary
It looks quite good and better value for tax payers funding so bring it on NOW!
HOWEVER, Eco would not be Eco if it did not discriminate against some homes in some way ……………………..
I predict the below will be not eligible indirectly of course passed over in Eco 4 by our good friends the cherry pickers 😁
- Cavity Wall Properties
- Semi Bungalows & Mid Terraced
Victorian homes will suddenly become very popular come July 😉
No Level Playing Field Once Again !
And the winners for ECO 4 are……………………………………
Those with big properties once again 🙁
I suppose if you cant beat them………………………..join them !
Heating Grants – Grants For Boilers 2022
HOMEOWNERS can now access new government grants to change their boilers cheaply .
You can choose whether to upgrade to a Heat Pump and claim the grant worth £5000 or replace the boiler for free on a like for like basis
Both grants will help to make your property more energy efficient and save you money off your bills.
Free Boiler Scheme
Back boilers and non condensing boilers only will qualify for this in 2022
The Boiler Upgrade Scheme
The scheme will be open to all domestic properties in England and Wales until 2025.
This will enable many homeowners to upgrade to a more environmentally-friendly new Air Source Heat Pump which are up to 30% cheaper to run than a conventional gas guzzling boiler.
ASHP are the way of the future and the government has committed to funding this change over for the next 5 years.
The government has allocated £450 million to dish out these grants under its new Boiler Upgrade Scheme.
These pumps provide a much greener way to heat your home – and at a lower cost too.
How to apply for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme
You will be able to apply for £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump or biomass boiler.
Homeowners could also get £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump.
You will need to pay the difference if the pump costs more than the grant but the idea is to get the amount closer to what you would pay when installing a gas boiler.
What Are Heat Pumps?
There are two types of air-source heat pumps, air-to-water systems and air-to-air systems.
They both heat your home at a lower temperature than gas and oil boilers, so will reduce your energy bills, at a time when they are reaching record highs.
They work very similar to a domestic fridge in that it absorbs solar heat either from the air, earth or water.
The heat pump then uses a small amount of electricity to compress this heat into a suitably high temperature – ready to be used for space heating and hot water.
How Much Do Heat Pumps Cost?
Air sourced heat pumps – purchase and installation costs anywhere between £8,000 and £14,000.
Ground sourced heat pumps can cost between £15,000 and £25,000,
A Gas Boiler is typically around £2000 -£2500
It is hoped that Joe public will spend the price of a boiler to have a heat pump fitted instead which will cost him the same amount of money as the £5000 grant will go towards the cost.
Can All Properties Apply
- The property will need to have enough power to support an installation capacity of 45kWth or kilowatt thermal, which covers most homes.
- Your property will also need to be fully insulated with loft and cavity wall insulation
- You will need a valid energy performance certificate of a minimum rating of D
On past performance millions of £ have been spent by the government which has gone a long way to alleviate fuel poverty and cut carbon emmisions.
past schemes have been well received by the general public and take up has been excellent across the UK.
Millions of homes have now enjoyed all free measures below since these schemes started back in 2013.
- Free boilers
- Free Central Heating
- free replacement storage heaters
- free loft & Cavity wall insulation
- Free Home Insulation
Eco 4 Grants 2022 Grants Statement
The Right Honourable Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Corporate Responsibility (Lord Callanan) has made the following statement in regard to the proposed scheme for Eco 4 :
Upgrading our homes to be more energy efficient is the best long-term solution for reducing our energy costs, keeping ourselves warm and healthy in winter and tackling fuel poverty.
It is also essential for our transition to net zero and in supporting local jobs and growth.
This is why the Energy Company Obligation scheme remains a key policy in supporting low income and vulnerable households to upgrade their homes with energy efficiency and heating measures.
Making homes more energy efficient reduces heating costs permanently, mitigating the impacts of current and future price rises.
There are wider benefits; energy efficient homes are more comfortable to live in, with consequent improvements to householder’s health and wellbeing.