Do you qualify for a free boiler

As you get older and find yourself on a fixed or limited income, an unplanned expense such as replacing your boiler could have disastrous consequences for your budget. Knowing that there is help available in the form of discounts, payment schemes or boiler grants for pensioners can make it easier to pay for an essential item like a boiler and will take away some of the stress associated with this kind of purchase.

Energy Company Obligation (ECO) replaces Warm Front

Those on low incomes and pensioners were previously able to take advantage of the Warm Front scheme which offered replacement boiler grants of up to £3,000 to pay for new boilers. This scheme has now ended.

The government now has a new scheme known as the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which requires energy companies to make a contribution toward energy saving measures for their customers. In the past other similar schemes have focused on insulation and led to a number of deals including free insulation especially for those on low incomes. This commitment is now available for pensioners who need a new boiler. It can be used in conjunction with the Green Deal to subsidise the cost of your boiler.

The Green Deal is a loan which covers the costs of these types of home improvements, such as the cost of boilers which are replacements,  but is usually only available if the improvement will pay for itself in reduced energy bills. The ECO grant can be used in circumstances where the cost of replacement boilers is higher than the improvement on your energy costs as a result, so you must take time to understand how to choose a boiler and other relevant factors.

Who can get a free boiler grant?

  • Those receiving pension credit qualify automatically for a boiler grant
  • Working tax credits and over 60 years old
  • Your boiler must also be more than 10 years old

Even if you don’t receive pension credit, you could still qualify if you receive other types of benefits such as income support, job seekers allowance, working tax credit (if you are aged over 60), pension premium or a disability allowance. Your income and other circumstances will also be taken into account.

Do you qualify for a free boiler? Find out here

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  • Kelly

    I have been told I can have a free boiler instaled the company doing the job have asked for the deeds to my house and the land regerstry forms I will not give them to the company I am 73 had no heating for the last 3months how do I stand.M Kelly

  • findenergysavings

    Hello Kelly – the surveyor will need to see proof that you are the legal owner of the property before the funding can be approved for your boiler grant. If you have any concerns at all then please call us on 0333 212 0013.

  • Louise clark

    My parents haven’t got any savings and are in receipt of government pension. My mother is 77 and father almost 80. They own there own home. They have been told that there boiler needs replaced as it is leaking and the cost for replacement is £2000. What help can they get as they are so worried.

  • findenergysavings

    Hello Louise,
    This would depend on whether your parents receive Pension Credit (a top-up to the state pension). I would suggest giving us a call on 0333 212 0013 to discuss their circumstances with one of our Energy Advisers wh will confirm whether their are eligible for the grant.
    Kind regards, Find Energy Savings