What is First Time Central Heating?
A central heating system is a home heating system that provides heating through a boiler, connected to a system of radiators.
First Time Central Heating grants are available to aid those who do not have, or have never had, a central heating system installed at their property. The grant will go toward the supply and installation of the heating system, all of which will be taken care of by Renewable Solutions Team.
If you are ready to apply for a First Time Central Heating grant, then fill out our quick and easy application form now
Why do you need a Central Heating System?
There are a number of benefits to having a central heating system installed:
Efficiency – The boilers that we install are RST are all A-rated, meaning that very little of the heat generated is lost as it doesn’t pass through any vents or ducts in the process. This will reduce energy consumption and reduce costs, explained below.
Costs – There is often a cost involved in installing a central heating system (your ECO grant can help with this!), but the long-term savings can be significant. Not only will your energy bills fall, but the value of the property will likely be increased due to the improvements, and those costly repairs of your old system will be a thing of the past.
Energy Consumption – The reduction in energy usage has a positive impact on the carbon footprint of properties with efficient boilers installed. This is the primary reason behind the Government’s implementation of the ECO scheme.
Design and versatility – Finally, there is the overall practicality of having a central heating system. Modern boilers are neat, compact units that can fit within a wall mounted cupboard. Add to this the slim and minimal design of modern radiators and you will find that the central heating system is often almost invisible. A stark contrast to a bulky storage heater or large gas tank sitting outside the property.
How ECO3 works
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme is focused exclusively on assisting those with lower incomes who are considered to be in vulnerable situations. ECO means that large energy suppliers such as EDF energy, British Gas, EON, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE are obliged to help households access energy efficiency measures such as a First Time Central Heating system.
Who qualifies for First Time Central Heating grants?
To qualify for a First Time Central Heating grant, you must be a homeowner and must be in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits listed below:
- Child Tax Credits
- Working Tax Credits
- Pension Credits
- Income-Related ESA
- Income-Related JSA
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits
- War Pensions Mobility Supplement
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Child Benefit
Your home must have either no heating at all or one of the following heating systems:
- Electric room heaters, including direct acting room heaters, fan heaters or inefficient electric storage heaters
- Gas room heaters; including fixed mains gas room heaters
- Gas fire with back boiler
- Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler
- Electric underfloor or ceiling heating (not part of an electric boiler)
- Bottled LPG room heating
- Solid fossil fuel room heaters
- Wood / biomass room heating
- Oil room heaters
When assessing your eligibility for a First Time Central Heating Grant, we will consider your current system as the one which appears as the ‘Main Heating System’ on the EPC register, which you can see here.
Finally, to qualify for a First Time Central Heating Grant your home must have adequate loft insulation installed. If the property has cavity walls, it must have cavity wall insulation installed.
If your home has neither loft insulation nor cavity wall insulation installed at the time of application, we will be able to arrange this for you.
What boiler will we install?
The first time central heating system installed must be a central heating system that provides heating through a boiler, connected to a system of radiators. As for the boiler that we install, we have a range of brands and models available, from Worcester Bosch to Glow Worm and Viessman, all of which are A-rated. We will let you know exactly what your options are once we have carried out your survey.
What comes next for you?
Once we have received a successful application, our team will work quickly to contact you and book in your FREE, no obligation survey – we are currently offering the supply and installation of Hive heating controls absolutely free of charge with every survey we carry out.
Once we have carried out your survey, one of our account managers will call you back to discuss your options – we will be able to let you know exactly where you stand, what boilers are the best for your situation, any answer any queries that you may have. If you are happy, then we are ready to install!
If you wish to proceed with your central heating install, we will arrange a date for one of our Gas Safe registered engineers to install your brand-new central heating system at a date and time that suits you.
If you feel like you are ready to apply, then why wait? Get the ball rolling on your first time central heating grant by applying now and receive your FREE Hive heating controls at survey stage. Apply now.
Alternatively, give us a call on 01942 369 260 and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.