What is the ECO Scheme?

Oil Boiler Grants are available from the Government's ECO SchemeThe ECO Scheme is a Government initiative designed to help low income households save money on their heating bills. It does this by providing gas boiler grants to help replace broken boilers with more energy efficient ones.

By replacing old, broken boilers with new A-rated boilers you will not only cut your heating bills, you’ll also reduce carbon emissions from your home. This helps the Government to meet its carbon emission reduction targets.

The ECO Scheme also provides grants to replace broken electric storage heaters and to install cavity wall insulation or loft insulation.  Gas Boiler Grants are available in England, Scotland and Wales and they are non-repayable.

ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022

The current version of the ECO Scheme started in October 2018 with a greater emphasis on tackling fuel poverty suffered by low income households. The list of qualifying benefits has been widened to include Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Child Benefit and some Ministry of Defence administered Allowances.

Click HERE for a full list of Gas Boiler Grants Qualifying Benefits.

How does the ECO Scheme work?

5 Easy Steps to a New, A-Rated Gas Boiler Installed in Your Home

Boiler Grants

Are Free Gas Boilers still available from the ECO Scheme?

Yes, for some applicants.

Some applicants who qualify for gas boiler grants will get a free boiler installed with funding from the ECO Scheme.

However, we can’t calculate the value of gas boiler grants exactly until we have carried out a Free Survey of your home and your heating system. We will then be able to advise you whether you will receive a free gas boiler or whether there may be a contribution to make.

Larger properties with solid external walls tend to attract higher gas boiler grants than small homes with external cavity walls.

You can check whether you are eligible for gas boiler grants by completing the short online form.

Who Qualifies for Gas Boiler Grants?

To qualify for Gas Boiler Grant you must meet ALL 3 of the following criteria:

  • You must live in your own home, either wholly owned or on which you have a mortgage.

    Privately rented, Council, Housing Association and Shared-ownership homes are excluded.

  • You must receive one of the following State Benefits, Tax Credits or Allowances:

    • Guaranteed Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Universal Credit
    • Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
    • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
    • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Carer’s Allowance
    • Severe Disablement Allowance
    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
    • Child Benefit (subject to maximum household income threshold)
    • War Pensions Mobility Supplement
    • Constant Attendance Allowance
    • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • You must have a mains gas boiler installed in your home and it must be broken.

The ECO Scheme is funded by the main energy suppliers, including British Gas, EDF Energy, E-on, nPower, Scottish & Southern Energy and Scottish Power.

Oil Boiler Grants are funded by British Gas
Oil Boiler Grants are funded by EDF Energy
Oil Boiler Grants are funded by E-on UK
Oil Boiler Grants are funded by nPower
Oil Boiler Grants are funded by Scottish and Southern Energy
Oil Boiler Grants are funded by Scottish Power
10 Things You Should Know About Gas Boiler Grants
  1. The ECO Scheme provides gas boiler grants to help low income households reduce their heating bills.

    Millions of home owners are struggling to pay their heating bills in the UK and one of the biggest reasons is that their homes have old, inefficient or faulty boilers or poor insulation. The ECO Scheme can help people like you if you receive one of the qualifying State Benefits, Tax Credits or Allowances, by offering Gas Boiler Grants and Insulation Grants.

  2. Gas Boiler Grants are funded by the main energy companies.

    Large energy companies place a levy on every domestic electricity bill in the UK and the money collected is diverted into the ECO Fund. Accredited ECO installers are paid out of this fund to install free gas boilers or subsidised gas boilers in homes where householders qualify for Gas Boiler Grants.

  3. Gas Boiler Grants are still available after September 2018.

    The old version of the ECO Scheme ended in September 2018 but a new one, ECO3, started in October 2018. Qualification criteria for gas boiler grants has changed to exclude private tenants but to include recipients of far more benefits and allowances than before.

  4. Which other grants are available from the ECO Scheme?

    ECO Scheme grants include Oil Boiler Grants, LPG Boiler Grants, Electric Storage Heater Grants, Cavity Wall Insulation Grants and Loft Insulation Grants.

  5. Which makes of Gas Boiler are paid for by Gas Boiler Grants?

    Most of the recognised makes of gas boiler can be installed under the ECO Scheme but our installers tend to install either Worcester Bosch or Vaillant Gas Boilers.

  6. You must be a home owner to qualify for a Gas Boiler Grant

    Only householders who live in their own homes will qualify for gas boiler grants. Unfortunately, if you rent your home or it is owned by your local council or a housing association, or it is a shared-ownership home, you will not qualify for a gas boiler grant.

  7. Gas Boiler Grants are only available for homes in England, Scotland and Wales

    Gas Boiler Grants from the ECO Scheme are only available for householders who live in England, Scotland and Wales. We cover all of mainland England, Scotland and Wales plus Anglesey, for gas boiler grants. Householders who live in Northern Ireland have a separate scheme and more information is available from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) at www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/grant-to-replace-your-boiler.

  8. Are Gas Boilers installed free of charge under the ECO Scheme?

    Sometimes, yes. Your gas boiler grant may cover the full cost of installing a new gas boiler but the calculation of gas boiler grants is different for every home. Factors which affect the value of your gas boiler grant include the size of your home, how many bedrooms it has, how many external walls there are, whether it has solid or cavity walls and how well it is insulated. In short, the greater the reduction in carbon emissions you achieve (over the lifetime of your new boiler), the higher your gas boiler grant will be.

  9. Who qualifies for Gas Boiler Grants?

    To qualify for a gas boiler grant, you must live in your own home AND receive one of the qualifying State Benefits, Tax Credits or other Allowances AND have a broken mains gas boiler installed in your home. More information about gas boiler grant qualifying criteria can be found on the Qualifying Criteria page.

  10. How do I apply for a Gas Boiler Grant?

    It is easy to apply for a gas boiler grant, simply fill in the form on this website and we’ll arrange everything else. If you’re not sure whether you qualify or not, still complete the form, we’ll call you back to advise you and answer any questions you may have about gas boiler grants. ECO Accredited Surveyors will carry out a free heating survey and GasSafe Registered installers will install your new gas boiler.

GAS BOILER GRANTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT'S ECO SCHEME