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Can I get a free boiler and insulation under the governments 'Warm front scheme'?

Updated on November 6, 2014

Thousands of homes in the UK are eligible for a new boiler and/or insulation completely free under a government funded grant scheme called 'The warm front'.

Who the scheme helps?

To apply you must live in in England or Wales, you can be a home owner, tenant or landlord, the person who resides in the home will be the one applying for the grant.

The boiler scheme is specifically for families on a low income, but insulation is for everyone regardless of income.

You won't be able to get a free boiler or insulation if you live in a housing association property or are a council tenant. They will arrange to do this for you though their own schemes.

You usually won't qualify if...

  • If the property has damp. The Energy Saving Trust says this should be seen to prior.
  • You live in a flat and other tenants in the building aren't on board.
  • Your home is timber or metal framed, or made from concrete or natural stone.

What can you save?

The cost of a new boiler varies, but a typically a gas boiler replacement costs around £2,500, so this is an amazing deal not to be missed.

Boilers are one of the biggest factors that contribute to your energy bills, the more efficient your boiler, the more money you save. Depending on its age, a new efficient boiler could save you up to £300 per year.

Cavity wall insulation can cost up to £500, and can save the average home up to £140 per year on it's energy bills, so over a period of time it pays for itself.

What do you get?

Everything; you won't have to pay a penny, some consumers have reported they have been told it's free all the way, only to have a contractor turn up and talk a load of jargon and ask for money. Don't pay!! The government fund all parts and labour so if you're asked for any money, go elsewhere.


Insulation requirements

For cavity wall insulation there is no requirements, other than actually having cavity walls.

Do I have cavity walls?

Cavity walls didn’t really start to be used in building construction until the early 1930s, so the age of your house is usually a good indicator. Some older houses without cavity walls may have a more recent extension which could have cavity walls.

There are 3 common types of brick wall:

Stretcher bond, This is where all the bricks are laid on the long side, often indicates a cavity wall.

English bond, This is where there are alternating rows of full and half length bricks, are again very unlikely to have cavities.

Flemish bond, This is where the bricks alternate between a full length brick and a half length brick, are very unlikely to have cavities.

When was your house built?
Cavity walls?
Availability...
Before 1930
Unlikely
Unable to insulate
1930-1980
Highly likely
Insulation needed
After 1980
Almost certain
Usually already insulated

Boiler requirements

For boiler replacements there needs to be some sort of benefits in place, here's a list:

  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (household income under £15,860)
  • Working Tax Credit (household income under £15,860)
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support

Then you will need a second component, one of the following:

  • Over 60 living at household
  • · Child under 16 (under 20 in full time education) living at household
  • Disability Premium
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Incapacity Sick Benefit
  • Carers Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Benefit

Also the boiler would need to be over 15 years old or faulty. So if you have both benefit components and you're boiler's deemed faulty or over 15 years old, then you qualify.

Why the scheme helps...

Think of insulation as your homes blanket.

Insulation can be the most important feature that helps towards your home’s overall energy efficiency. Without decent insulation, your home needs larger, more expensive heating systems to keep you warm. Then those devices need to work harder, consuming more electricity, gas, or oil and costing you money.

Heat rises, and a quarter of your homes heat is lost through the roof when there's no insulation in the home. Insulating your loft and walls is such a simple but effective way to stop it happening and reduce your heating bills.

Loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years, and it will pay for itself over and over again in that time.

Some people would never find the money for a brand new shiny boiler or cavity wall insulation so this government scheme really can be a life saver for some people/families.

So where do I sign up?

You're free to pick any energy company/provider you choose and you don't even need to be their customer.

Telemarketing companies are always ringing around trying to generate leads for boilers and insulation, so if you have had a call offering you a free boiler of free insulation and you thought it was 'dodgy' well now you have your answer, it really is free!

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