Available Heating Related Grants UK only
I have compiled this list of available grants which are available at the time of writing (29/6/15), but as with all government related grants , how long they remain available is anybody’s guess. So before you part with your hard earned cash for a new boiler installation have a look below to see if your entitled to any help. I will update/edit the list regularly.
Cold weather payment – Available to those on certain benefits
You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits
Payments are made when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.
The 2014 to 2015 Cold Weather Payment scheme has now ended. The 2015 to 2016 Cold Weather Payment scheme is due to start on 1 November 2015. You’ll be able to check if your area is due a payment in November 2015.
You’ll get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.
After each period of very cold weather in your area, you should get a payment within 14 working days. It’s paid into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments.
You are eligible for the cold weather payment if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund
You may be able to claim back money from the government if you make energy-saving home improvements.
You can get up to £1,250 towards the cost of installing any 2 of the following:
- a condensing gas boiler on mains gas
- double or triple glazing as a replacement for single glazing
- secondary glazing
- energy efficient replacement external doors
- cavity wall insulation
- floor insulation
- flat-roof insulation
- insulation for a room in the roof
- a replacement warm air unit
- fan-assisted storage heaters
- a waste water heat recovery system
You can get up to £500 more if you apply within 12 months of buying a home.
You can also claim back up to £100 towards the cost of your assessment if you install energy-saving improvements recommended by the assessment through the GDHIF.
This GDHIF offer may change or be withdrawn without notice at any time. The amount of funding available is limited. You may not be able to get any money back towards the cost of your Green Deal advice report.
To qualify all of the following must apply:
- you’re improving a domestic property in England or Wales that you own or live in
- you have either a Green Deal advice report or an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that’s less than 2 years old
- the improvements you’re applying for are covered by the scheme and recommended in your EPC or Green Deal advice report
- you use a Green Deal provider or installer registered with the GDHIF
You must also meet the scheme’s terms and conditions (PDF, 468KB).
You can’t apply if you’re already getting money back for the same improvements through other schemes, eg the Energy Company Obligation, Green Deal Communities, Green Deal Cashback or the first release of GDHIF.
You can apply for the GDHIF if you’re a landlord, unless you’ve received more than €200,000 (£160,000) of de minimis funding in the last 3 financial years.
You can also apply if you’re a tenant in social or private rented housing. The person paying for the majority of the improvements gets the money back.
You can’t apply for the GDHIF on behalf of your clients if you’re a managing agent.
How to claim
- Get a Green Deal assessment or an EPC for your property.
- Get a quote from a Green Deal installer or provider that’s registered with the Home Improvement Fund.
- Apply for and receive a Home Improvement Fund voucher before you start the work.
- Complete the work.
- Ask your Green Deal provider or installer to fill in the rest of the voucher.
- Follow the instructions on the voucher to make your claim. You must do this before the expiration date on the voucher.
Renewable Heat Incentive
The domestic renewable heat incentive was launched on 9th April 2014 allowing all UK households to earn up to £3,390 per year for heating their home using renewable technologies.
The tariffs are paid quarterly for 7 years and have been set at a level that reflects the expected cost of renewable heat generation over 20 years.
The payments rise annually in line with the retail price index (RPI). Changes will come into effect on 1 April each year.
The technologies involved in the RHI are: • Air source heat pumps (7.3p/kWh) • Biomass boilers and biomass pellet stoves with back burner (12.2p/kWh) • Ground source heat pumps (18.8p/kWh and ) • Solar water heating (19.2p/kWh)
For more information visit the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive FAQ page