Government grants and schemes to help with new boiler costs

Find out about help available to get a new boiler.

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Can I get a new boiler grant?

In UK there's a range of government support, grants and schemes available to help you get a new boiler. Even if you're not eligible for government support, there are other schemes and finance options that can help you on your way to a warmer home.

The Energy Saving Trusts estimates that buying and fitting a new boiler with thermostatic valves typically costs around £2,300. And as heating makes up about 55% of the average household energy bill, you cut over £100 from your energy bills each year with a new, more energy-efficient boiler. 

 

Government boiler replacement schemes

ECO boiler replacement scheme in Great Britain

What is it?

All the big energy companies provide subsidised replacement boilers for their low-income and vulnerable customers, as part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. The ECO scheme – which replaced the Home Front grant in 2013 – is also known as the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

 

What can you get?

Homeowners across Great Britain can get a replacement boiler from as little as £240 (or sometimes a little more for complicated installations) through the government boiler scheme.

 

Who qualifies for the ECO boiler scheme?

You can qualify for a new boiler on the ECO government scheme if you receive at least one benefit, such as income support or disability living allowance. You need to be the homeowner, and your boiler has to be broken. You can get the full list of qualifying benefits on our ECO scheme page.

 

How do you apply?

You should apply through your energy supplier. EDF customers can apply through EDF – all being well, you should get your new boiler within about three months.

 

Need a new boiler in a hurry?

If you can't wait three months to get a new boiler through the ECO scheme, check out our next-day boiler replacement scheme, which lets you pay monthly.

Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme

What is it?

The Scottish Government's Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme helps low-income households and vulnerable people heat their homes for less through home improvements. It's part of the wider Home Energy Efficiency Programmes (HEEPS).

 

What can you get?

Eligible homeowners can get a free boiler through the Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme – as well as free central heating, loft and wall insulation, draught-proofing and renewable systems for generating your own energy.

 

Who qualifies for a free replacement boiler through Warmer Homes Scotland?

The scheme is for homeowners and private sector tenants in Scotland who are struggling to pay for their energy, and have lived in their property for at least twelve months. You can get the full qualifying criteria and details about how to apply from Energy Saving Trust.

Nest: Free boilers in Wales

What is it?

The Welsh Government's NEST scheme helps low-income households and people with certain health conditions to heat their homes for less. It's part of the wider Warm Homes scheme in Wales.

 

What can you get?

The Welsh government's Nest scheme offers free boilers to homeowners and tenants in private property.

 

Who qualifies for a replacement boiler grant through NEST?

NEST is for low-income homeowners and private-sector tenants in Wales who are receiving certain benefits – or have a chronic respiratory, circulatory or mental health condition. You can get the full qualifying criteria and details about how to apply from Nest.

What about grants for oil boilers?

None of the government boiler replacement schemes include oil boiler grants. But there are grants available to replace oil boilers (or any non-renewable heating system) with a renewable energy system, such as a heat pump or solar panels.

Plus, you can receive payments from the government for the heat your new system produces under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Find out more about renewable heating systems, grants and RHI payments.

BOXT boiler replacement deals

A BOXT installer showing a customer how to use her new boiler

What is a BOXT boiler?

We want our customers to get a new boiler for the cheapest price on the market – and fast. That's why we've teamed up with BOXT, the top-rated gas installation and heating service on Trustpilot.

If you can't get government support, then our BOXT initiative is a way to replace your boiler without paying everything upfront. It allows you to pay by monthly instalments, instead of the whole amount in one go.

 

What can I get?

You can get an A-rated boiler, flue, attachments and Gas Safe registered installation from £1,795 (including VAT). The price includes everything: parts, labour and warranty.

If you find exactly the same deal cheaper elsewhere, BOXT will either beat the like-for-like price by £50, or give you a free £50 Amazon voucher.

 

A new boiler being installed by an engineer

How fast can you get your new boiler?

If you buy a new boiler online by 3pm, BOXT will fit it for you the next day (subject to availability).

 

Who can get a boiler through BOXT?

Anyone can pay for a new boiler through our BOXT scheme. So if your boiler is old and unreliable, or you want improve your entire central heating system, it could be the option of you.

 

How does it work?

Go to the BOXT site to:

  1. Find your boiler or boiler package.
  2. Pay for your boiler – in full or by monthly instalments.
  3. Get your boiler installed the very next day (subject to the availability)

More boiler deals and schemes

Boiler loans and finance deals

Can't afford the upfront cost of a new boiler, but not eligible for a boiler grant? You might still be able to get your new boiler installed without having to pay anything upfront – with 0% boiler finance deals.

Interest-free loans let you pay off your boiler over 1-2 years without paying any interest. Please remember to take installation costs into account when you compare 0% finance boiler deals.

A 0% spending credit card is another option. It gives you the flexibility to arrange your own installation, but still spreads the cost of your new boiler over a number of months, interest-free.

Boiler scrappage schemes

The government boiler scrappage scheme was launched in 2010 to give 125,000 government boiler grants to eligible households.

The vouchers were snapped up within a few months, and the scrappage scheme for boilers was closed within a few months.

Some suppliers still offer a similar scrap boiler scheme of their own, but it's best to get a few quotes before taking up any offer. Otherwise, you could end up paying more for your new boiler than you need to – even with the scrappage discount.

Important

Remember to repay any 0% loan or credit card deal off in full before the end of the agreed period – you don't want to pay the high-interest rates that usually kick in after the 0% period ends.