The cost of heating your home throughout the year can be expensive, especially if your old boiler is not functioning efficiently, which can have the effect of driving your heating bill up significantly. This can be a real worry for those who have a disability, and are perhaps on a limited income, and who might be fearful of the costs should their ageing boiler break down.
The good news is, if you have a disability and are in receipt of benefits, it is possible you could receive help with getting a new boiler installed through a free boiler grant. This is applicable to those who have a boiler which is at least seven years of age and who receive the relevant benefits.
The scheme helps qualifying households access free boiler grants so they can get a new boiler for their home and substantially reduce their energy bills. It is available to those who are claiming benefits related to their disability, either homeowners or private tenants, but unfortunately it is not open to those who live in council-owned or social housing. If one person in your household is getting disability or other related benefits there is a high chance you could qualify to receive a free boiler grant for disabled homeowners. It will make a big difference to you and anyone else in your household as you won’t have to worry about increased bills or the risk of your old boiler suddenly stopping working.
How Does the Scheme Work?
The Free Boiler Scheme is a great way to provide grants for disabled householders that are in need of a new boiler. The ECO scheme is run through the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers: British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, Npower, Scottish Power, and SSE, who have an obligation to make a contribution to provide the grants for boiler replacement.
Not only does a new boiler help to reduce energy bills, but the scheme was introduced as part of an effort by the government to reduce carbon emissions from households to meet targets for greenhouse gases. Free boiler grants are provided to enable disabled homeowners to get a new energy saving boiler at a fraction of the normal cost that will help to reduce their carbon footprint.
How do I Qualify for the Free Boiler Grant Scheme?
Boiler grants for disabled homeowners are open in circumstances where the boiler is more than seven years old, and you receive one of the disability-related qualifying benefits. Boilers that are less than seven years old are typically excluded from this scheme.
There are multiple different benefits that you could be currently receiving that would make you eligible for a free boiler grant for disabled people. This includes payments such as:
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payments
- Attendance Allowance
- Universal Credit and others
Most disabled homeowners receiving a disability benefit will be getting Personal Independence Payments (PIP) which in most cases has replaced the Disability Living Allowance (DLA). If your disability prevents you from working, you could also be receiving Universal Credit which would also qualify you for a new boiler through the scheme.
What Savings will I Make with a New Boiler?
A new energy efficient boiler will be significantly more cost effective than your old boiler. Typically, a new A-rated boiler will have an energy efficiency greater than 90% which means that for every £1 you spend on your heating, less than 10p will be wasted which is very impressive and beneficial.
With an older boiler, some have an energy efficiency rating as low as 65%, meaning more of the money you are spending is not getting converted into heat and is therefore being wasted. Those who go through the free boiler scheme will be able to enjoy massive savings throughout the year, with some estimates suggesting that some households could save as much as £340 by having a new boiler.
It is always worth submitting an application for the free boiler scheme through us, as even if you don’t qualify for a free boiler grant for disabled people, you could still get access to a range of other grants or discounts that you might not have even been aware of. Check to see if you qualify today.