All about the boiler upgrade scheme

The government is offering grants for new boilers in order to help people save money and make their homes more comfortable. It was first announced in the 2016 budget but has since been delayed due to a lack of funding. However, since then, there have been improvements made to the scheme. The scheme has been running since spring 2022 and is set to run till sometime in 2025. So now is an excellent time to upgrade your boiler with a free grant from the government!

What is the new boiler upgrade scheme?

The new boiler upgrade scheme is a government-backed initiative that aims to reduce carbon emissions in the UK. The scheme is open to homes that have a gas boiler or oil boiler, or an electric storage heat pump. However, if you currently have a hybrid heating system, you won’t be eligible.

The first part of the process requires that those interested in applying for this grant check whether their current heating system meets the minimum standards set by BEIS (the Department for Business). If it doesn’t meet these requirements then it won’t be eligible for this grant.

Some benefits you could receive are:

  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
  • £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump

Who is eligible for the new boiler upgrade scheme?

To be eligible for the new boiler upgrade scheme, you must:

  • Own your property. This means that you are the legal owner of the property and have full rights to do with it as you wish (e.g., sell it). You may own a share of your property if you have a joint ownership agreement with your partner or spouse.
  • Be 18 years of age or older at the time of application submission.
  • Be a UK citizen at the time of application submission and at all times throughout its duration.

How do I apply for a free boiler?

To apply for a free boiler, you’ll need to check if you’re eligible.

  • You can do this by contacting your energy supplier and asking them to see if your property qualifies for the scheme. If so, they will send an application form to the provider which will process it.
  • The application process should take less than a month from start to finish and when this is complete your new boiler will be installed at no cost to you.

What are the benefits of upgrading your boiler?

The boiler upgrade scheme will help you to:

  • Reduce your energy bills by up to £300 per year
  • Reduce your carbon footprint, which means you’re making a positive contribution to the environment
  • Improve the indoor air quality in your home, helping everyone feel more comfortable and healthy in their own home
  • Increase the comfort of your home with a system that works even better than before

Are grants for new boilers still available?

Even if you don’t qualify for the new boiler upgrade scheme, you may still be eligible for a free boiler.

On 4 February 2022, the existing Warm Home Discount (WHD) will be closed to new applicants. This means that any households that are currently receiving WHD will continue to do so until 2020, but no new applications will be accepted after this date.

If your home is not eligible under the terms of either scheme – and don’t think it ever will be – getting a free boiler may still be possible in 2022 through an alternative funding stream called English Heritage grants.

Is there a government-funded boiler replacement scheme?

Yes. There’s a government-funded boiler replacement scheme called the Warm Home Discount (WHD). The WHD is available to people on benefits who have an income of less than £100 a week, as long as they live in England or Scotland.

To be eligible for this scheme, your property will need to meet certain criteria:

  • It must be your main home and you must have lived there for at least six months before applying. You can’t claim if you’re only renting the property – it must be your primary address.
  • Your boiler has to be at least 12 years old and not fitted with an energy efficiency grant from Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Scottish Power, or British Gas in the last three years. If you’ve had one of these grants for your condensing boiler, then it’s not included when calculating eligibility under WHD because it’s considered a replacement rather than an upgrade (unless they’re replacing an open vent system with one that uses outside air ventilation).

Do I need a new boiler?

You may need a new boiler if your current one is more than 15 years old. If you have not had your boiler serviced in the past year and it is 20 years old or older, you could be eligible for a grant of up to £500 towards the cost of replacing it.

The type of heating system installed in your home will determine whether or not you are eligible:

To be in with a chance of getting a new boiler under the new Eco Government Scheme, apply now!

To be in with a chance of getting a new boiler under the new Eco Government Scheme, apply now!

The ECO scheme is designed to help homeowners make their homes cheaper to run by providing financial support for the purchase of energy-efficient boilers and heat pumps. If you are eligible for the ECO Grant 2011 then you could get up to £1,500 towards your new heating system.

Again this year, households on low incomes can also apply for free upgrades through Scotia’s Energy Saving Trust (EST) scheme. This means that people who earn less than £60,000 per year will not have to pay any upfront costs when installing an eligible heating system such as a boiler or heat pump.


So, if you are eligible for a new boiler under the new Eco Government Scheme, don’t hesitate to apply now! With all of these benefits available, it’s hard not to want one. After all, who wouldn’t love a free and eco-friendly heating system? If you want any advice, Ofgem, the UK government’s energy regulator, has resources and teams to help.

Our team at Bright Utilities is here to help you make savings on your energy bills. Not only could you save through the scheme, but you should also consider switching suppliers. This is one of the best ways you could save money on your energy bills. 

Compare now to see what savings you could be making!

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