If you meet certain criteria under the ECO scheme you could be entitled to a new boiler with up to 100% of the cost of covered. This is because the government has set aside funding to help certain households that may be suffering from what is called ‘fuel poverty’. Fuel poverty is defined as when you need to be using at least 10% of your income to warm your home to the agreed standard, which is a temperature of 22º centigrade in your main living areas, such as the bedroom or living room. You also need to be in receipt of certain state benefits to qualify.
Benefits of a new boiler
ECO is a scheme that the government set up to help households save energy and reduce damage to the environment. If your boiler is old then it could be operating at an energy rating as low as G, making it only 50% or 60% efficient, which means it could be costing you far more in energy bills than you realise. Old boilers aren’t as efficient as new ones as they use more energy. With the ECO scheme, even if you have to make some contribution towards the cost it wouldn’t take long before you begin reaping back what you have paid out in the money saved on your energy bills.
How do I know if I qualify?
To qualify for a new boiler you or your landlord must meet certain criteria. You need to be either a private tenant or home owner in receipt of one of the following benefits, although other conditions also apply:
- State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Income Related Employment & Support Allowance
- Income Based Job Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
You will want to make sure that your new boiler is right for the type of property you live in as well as for the needs of the people who will be using it. Regular boilers are ideal for family homes where large amounts of hot water are used, but they do need a hot water tank which can be stored in the loft or the garage.
New combi boilers don’t need a tank, so if you are short of space this boiler is ideal. You have constant hot water and a shower can be attached to the bath taps. They are ideal for people who don’t have a high hot water demand. However, most combi boilers can’t be used in conjunction with a solar powered hot water system, so if you are thinking of getting solar panels, it might be best to stick to a regular boiler.