Thanks to the Government’s Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme, qualifying homeowners could get their old, inefficient boilers replaced with a more efficient and effective model. Find out all about boiler grants and whether you could be eligible for a new A-rated boiler below.
What is a boiler grant?
A boiler grant is a form of subsidy that enables homeowners and their families with low incomes to have their old boiler system replaced with a brand new A-rated boiler at little or no cost. The scheme was developed to not only help underprivileged families access the heating and hot water they need, but also to aid government initiatives in increasing energy-efficiency nd reducing the carbon footprint.
According to the Energy Savings Trust, a new boiler could also help the households save money – up to £200 can be saved on annual energy bills when using a modern, A-rated boiler*.
Boiler grants are subsidised by the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers; namely British Gas, EDF Energy, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE. They are non-repayable, so you won’t have to make any repayments for your new boiler in the future.
Who is eligible for a new boiler?
Only those that suit the allocated criteria for the Government’s Boiler Grant scheme will qualify for a new boiler. Here are some of the requirements:
- You must be the property’s homeowner
- Your property must be connected to a mains gas supply
- Your current boiler must be over 6 years old
- You receive a Government backed benefit.
Unfortunately, Boiler Grant funding is not available for council owned or privately rented properties.
How do I apply for a Boiler Grant?
You can apply for a Boiler Grant and see if you qualify by filling in the form. It will take you less than a minute to complete.
If you do qualify for for the FREE no obligation survey, we will fit a FREE Hive Thermostat.
What are the benefits of a Hive Thermostat?
- Manage smart schedules from anywhere
You can set a smart central heating thermostat so it turns on your heating at various times of the day. However, with a smart thermostat you can also manage your schedules via the associated app on your phone (in our case, the Hive app). This means your schedules are much easier to set up than on a fiddly timer box. And more importantly, you can change or override them from anywhere. Working late? A few clicks and your heating schedule can be pushed back a few hours.
- Use other smart devices to trigger your heating Another thing smart thermostats can do is connect to other smart home technology you have around the house. For example, if you have a Hive thermostat you can connect it to a Hive motion sensor or a Hive window or door sensor. Then you can get your heating to switch on the moment you come through the front door. Or it can turn off automatically when you shut the front door in the morning. This sort of thing is really easy to set up. In Hive’s case, it’s all done through the Hive Actions section on the Hive app. Hive Actions connect your Hive devices to each other. You can set up the most popular pre-set Actions or create your own tailor-made ones. All you need to do is tell HIve Actions the ‘When’, the ‘While’ and the ‘Then’. For example, when I open the front door while it’s dark outside then turn up the central heating and turn on the light.
- Get your smart heating to learn your routine Some smart central heating controls even include a learning thermostat. Over a couple of weeks, these types of learning thermostats spot patterns in your heating, such as when you have your heating on and for how long. Then they create an appropriate schedule for you, based on this information, without you having to programme in a thing.
- Set your heating to respond to the weather A smart thermostat can’t tell you to remember your umbrella, but some do come with a weather-response function. This handy feature means your thermostat will monitor the weather forecast online and automatically respond. For instance, if it’s hotter than usual, it will turn the heating down by a few degrees to save energy. Alternatively, if you hit a cold snap it will turn your heating up a few degrees to make sure you stay cosy.
- Get geolocation alerts on your smartphone Some remote central heating thermostats, including our Hive Active Heating, also feature a Geolocation function. This tracks your location using your phone. It sends you a notification if you’re no longer at home but you’ve left the heating on. Then you can simply turn your heating off with a tap of the app. It can also send you a notification if you’re on the way back and your home is colder than your set temperature. That way you can turn your heating on from your phone, ready for when you arrive. It’s amazing how intuitive a smart thermostat can be. If you’re keen to learn more about remote central heating control or any other elements of smart home technology, why not take a look at Hive’s range of smart heating devices.
*Source: energysavingtrust.org.uk. Saving calculated when replacing G-rated with A-rated boiler in a semi-detached house