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Eco Energy Services is committed to promoting a greener planet by curbing carbon emissions through eco-friendly central heating system. As an important factor in our goal to encourage carbon-free systems, we believe that a central heating system is essential to any eco-home. It lets you enjoy the comfort and ensures you do not compromise your carbon footprint.
We have got you covered if you want to upgrade your home with a modern first-time central heating system. Eco Energy Services will not leave you alone in this race. Many houses are enjoying the perks of options given by Eco Energy Services.
We are here for you so that you do not have to be concerned about the cost associated with this vast project. Still, if you are concerned, it is a great idea to determine your eligibility for government-funded grants for first time central heating systems.
Let’s delve deeper into the types of grants available and how these grants prove fruitful in increasing the efficiency of your home. Moreover, also explore why working with Eco Energy Services will ensure the provision of the required level of clarity and insights.
What Type of Government Heating Grants Are Available?
Replacing boilers or buying a new central heating system can cost you luck. It can be a daunting and stressful task when you are suddenly faced with the task of coping with such a huge amount of money. As a part of the ECO4 scheme, the government is always encouraging homeowners to adopt options that reduce their carbon footprint. This is one of the primary reasons why you qualify for our assistance.
With these heating grants, you can get a 100 per cent fully funded first time central heating system installation. The entire process may cost around 4-5K pounds or more. But, with the ECO4 grant provided by the government, it can be fully funded for you, and you do not need to pay heed to this huge amount of bucks required to heat your home. Just sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee while we visit your home and do the installation for you.
ECO4 Scheme is the fourth round/phase of the Energy Company Obligation scheme. It is a government-funded grant that aims at making UK homes energy efficient and tackling fuel poverty in the region. It has contributed towards making about 3.1 million home improvements since 2013, and this is the final phase that extends its perks to people around.
As part of its Sustainable Warmth Strategy, the government decided to extend this perk for another four years, which will remain up and running until March 2026.
Its primary goal is to support lower-income households and upgrade their heating systems by reducing carbon footprints.
The scheme aims to upgrade non-condensing boilers to condensing boilers, which will also aim to increase property value. It will help vulnerable people power their homes and also aid the company in reaching its net zero goal by the end of 2050. This is a limited-time offer, and thus, don’t miss out on your chance to get a fully funded First Time Central Heating System Grant for your home.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating
Every property in the UK holds a rating from A to G depending upon the efficiency, with A rating being the most energy efficient and G being the worst down the line. This rating confirms how energy efficient your property is.
Newly built homes in the UK usually tend to have higher EPC ratings than existing ones. Don’t worry If you have an older property, and you can still increase your EPC rating by installing a condensing boiler at your place. This will not only help you to increase energy efficiency in your building but also increase the value of your property.
What is a Central Heating System?
A Central Heating System is a mesh of radiators and pipework attached to a boiler. The boiler generates heat and pumps the heated water all the way from the boiler to the pipework, which then pushes it towards the radiators and back to the boiler for reheating. It transforms the chemical energy from fuel into thermal energy and transfers that energy to air, steam or water. Later, it circulates the thermal energy throughout the building.
Central heating provided warmth to the entire building and to every nook and corner of your home. Homeowners can use this system in combination with other systems to control the overall temperature of their homes.
Types of Central Heating Systems
There are two types of Central Heating Systems:
A Conventional Boiler
It contains a room thermostat, a programmer and a pump. You can control the hot water and the heating simultaneously by using the programmer. A conventional boiler heats the water and then stores it in the cylinder, usually found in the airing cupboard.
A Combination (Combi) Boiler
A combi boiler consists of a thermostat and a programmer only. As it only requires controlling the heating. It heats the water on demand, and it is available whenever you turn on the hot water tap. Therefore, there is no need to store hot water in a cylinder. It is highly efficient and compact and, thus, an ideal choice for smaller homes in the UK.
Central Heating System Control Unit
Depending upon the size, model and type of central heating unit, its controls may vary:
The room thermostat is used to control the temperature of your living space. It does so by sensing the temperature of the dining room, hall, or lounge and then setting the temperature accordingly. Once the desired temperature is met, it sends a signal to the central heating pump, and it stops sending hot water around the system. Many people set this temperature between 18 – 21 degrees Celsius.
Thermostatic Radiator Valves
These valves are fitted inside individual radiators and control the temperature of the room you reside in. The flow of the water is shut down when the desired temperature is acquired. They are usually fitted in every room where there is a thermostat. The temperature of the valve is usually set to 20 degrees Celsius.
It controls the temperature of the water circulating around radiators. This must be set according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the Boiler’s box itself. Combination boilers have two boiler thermostats:
- For hot water
- For heating
A cylinder thermostat contains a hot water cylinder that is fit inside it to control the hot water’s temperature. This is usually set to around 60 degrees Celsius.
A programmer refers to a control panel that allows homeowners to set the time when they want hot water and set it off when they do not need it. By using a programmer, you may be able to choose whether you want both heating and hot water or only hot water. In the case of the combi boiler, your panel will be set to heating only by default.
Top Things to Know about the First Time Central Heating?
Here we have chalked down the top things about the First Time Central Heating Grant:
- This grant is for people who live on a property where there was no central heating system installed before
- You must have a gas meter installed at your property. If not, then you can apply for air source heat pump grant.
- You must also have a utility bill from March 2022
- Your EPC rating must be as low as D or below, which will be increased by two bands after the installation of First Time central heating system.
- You must be living in a specific type of property to be eligible for this. Following properties do not stand eligible for this grant:
- Park Homes
- Council Homes
- You must be receiving certain types of benefits to be eligible for the first time central heating grant:
- Income based Job seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income related Employment &Support allowance (ESA)
- Income Support (IS)
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Working Tax Credit (WTC)
- Child tax credit (CTC)
- Universal Credit (UC)
- Housing benefit (New eligible benefit Under ECO4)
- Pension savings Credit (New eligible benefit Under ECO4)
- Child benefit
- If you are receiving the following benefits, then you do not stand eligible for this grant:
- State Pension
- Disability Allowance
- Not every eligible applicant will receive a grant, as every energy company has its limitations.
- Only a few energy companies are an active part of this scheme:
- British Gas
- EDF Energy
- E. ON UK
- Scottish Power
- Scottish and Southern Electric
- Once you meet the eligibility criteria, you can request a grant from the participating companies.
- We will inspect your house, once your grant is approved.
- Once the inspection is done, you might need to provide the following documents:
- Benefits’ letter
- Proof of address via
- Utility Bill
- Bank Statements or
- Council Tax Letter
- Utility Bill
How do you Qualify for Central Heating Grants for Your Home?
Heating grants are available to either compensate towards the cost of replacement boiler or for a fully funded first-time central heating system. These grants are backed by the Government funded ECO4 scheme and in many cases they cover the total cost which is also not to be paid back.
To qualify for a central heating Grant, you must:
- Either be a home owner, landlord, or a private tenant
- Someone in the property must be receiving government benefits
- Your existing Boiler must be older than 2005
- The existing Boiler must be non-condensing.
- Oil Boiler
- Fire Boiler
- Cold Boiler etc
- The existing efficiency in your home should be below 85% which then gets enhanced to 90% and above by installing a condensing boiler.
- The EPC rating of your property should be D or below, which is then aimed to be increased by two bands.
Be More Energy Savvy
Hire us today and get a firm grip on your finances through our services. Check for the eligibility criteria, ensuring your home is eligible for the ECO 4 Scheme and fits within the guidelines for air source heat pump installation.
First, select the type of property you own
Secondly, gather necessary documents, like proof of government-received benefits, to support your application for government grants. The documents include:
Benefits letter, of the following benefits
- Child Tax Credit
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
- Universal Credit (UC)
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit (WTC)
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
Proof of address
- Utility bill for water, gas, or electricity
- Bank Statement
- Council Tax Letter
In case tenants are receiving benefits, then the utility bill must be in the name of the tenants.
- Next, you can visit our website here and complete the online application process for free.
- Then complete the application correctly and submit it.
- Stay updated on the latest announcements and developments related to the 2023 government grants for air source heat pump installation to maximize your chances of approval.
What our Clients say about Us
- Eco Energy Services provided excellent services. I was getting a headache from other plumbers who were also giving sky-high prices. But once I collaborated with Eco Energy Services, they took away all my pain and installed the Boiler smoothly. Thank you for your prompt service.
- Eco Energy Services emailed me as soon as I filled out the application. One of their representatives inspected my home and gathered the required documents. Within no time, I got the Boiler installed at my place. I am really delighted with the service and the results.
- The online survey is quick and easy to fill. The form is easily understandable and is an effective source to claim free grants under the ECO4 scheme.
- As soon as I filled out the form, I got a call from the representative, and he told me that the team would visit me (at the said time). I was amazed to see their punctuality and how professionally they dealt with the situation. The expert was polite and guided me through the entire process of installation. They also installed the central heating system and left no mess behind. Cheers to you guys.
- Excellent service! A rep called me immediately after I left a query. She was pleasant and sounded helpful. She helped me to fill out the form and check my eligibility for the eco4 scheme grant. As soon as the form was filled, the team stayed behind my back and ensured a timely installation. I am super glad for their prompt response.