Who Qualifies for a Boiler Grant in 2022? UK ECO Scheme Explained

Have you heard about so-called boiler grants and are wondering if you qualify?

There are many dubious sites out there promising to offer boiler grants only for it to become clear they are actually profit driven businesses trying to catch your attention.

So what really is available to households in the UK?

Who Qualifies for a Boiler Grant in the UK?

In conjunction with the big six energy companies, the UK government operates the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) programme.

The ECO programme is a boiler scheme designed to reduce fuel poverty and carbon emissions by funding initiatives such as free boiler grants, as well as other green home improvements like loft insulation.

However, sadly this funding is not available to everyone and in order to qualify you must meet certain criteria.

What Do You Need to Qualify for a Free Boiler Grant?

In order to qualify for a boiler grant, also referred to as the ECO programme, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be the property owner e.g. not a landlord.
  • The current boiler in the property must be at least 8 years old.
  • The property must be connected to the mains gas supply.
  • The applicant must be in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

What Benefits are Accepted?

As mentioned, in order to qualify/be entitled to a government boiler grant, you will need to be in receipt of certain qualifying benefits, this includes the following:

  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit Element
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credits
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Child Benefit*

*If you claim Child Benefit we will need to ask some additional questions to check if you qualify.

If you are currently in receipt of any of the benefits listed above, you may be entitled to a boiler grant, but bear in mind there may be other income thresholds you have to meet.

What are the income thresholds?

In order to be entitled to the ECO grant funding for a new boiler, you must also fall within any of the following income thresholds:

If you are a single claimant:

  • One child – £18,500.
  • Two children – £23,000.
  • Three children – £27,500.
  • Four or more children – £32,000.

If you are claiming as a couple:

  • One child – £25,500.
  • Two children – £30,000.
  • Three children – £34,500.
  • Four or more children – £39,000.

Which Energy Companies are Involved?

As mentioned the ECO funding scheme or boiler grant scheme is operated in conjunction with both energy companies and the government.

The energy companies currently operating the scheme include the following energy companies:

  • Avro Energy
  • Bristol Energy
  • British Gas
  • Bulb
  • Co-operative Energy
  • E
  • Economy Energy
  • Ecotricity
  • EDF Energy
  • Eon
  • Extra Energy
  • Flow Energy
  • Green Network
  • Green Star
  • iSupply
  • Npower
  • Octopus Energy
  • OVO Energy
  • Pure Planet
  • Scottish and Southern Energy
  • Scottish and Southern Energy
  • Scottish Power
  • Shell Energy
  • So Energy
  • Spark Energy
  • SSE
  • Utilita
  • Utility Warehouse
  • Utility Warehouse

How do you apply for a boiler grant?

If after reading the above criteria you think you may be entitled to a boiler grant, you can apply for one by contacting your current energy supplier.

Typically, they should have already alerted you to your entitlement, but if not, the quickest way to find out if you are eligible is to contact them directly to find out.

If you are the next stage of the process is to get a consultation from one of their representatives. They will then ask you all necessary questions and carry out a full survey of your home to find out exactly what is required.