All You Need to Know About The Boiler Upgrade Scheme

All You Need to Know About The Boiler Upgrade Scheme

22nd June 2022

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If you are planning to replace your boiler or are in the market for a new heating system, there’s no way you haven’t heard about the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.

However, in case you haven’t, we’re gonna talk about it all in this article and in case you have, here’s where you’ll find all the intricate details about it.

The boiler upgrade scheme is the initiative of the UK government that provides grants of up to £6000 on the purchase of renewable sources of heating. This involves Ground Source Heat Pumps, Air Source Heat Pumps, Water Source Heat Pumps, and with some limitations, biomass boilers. 

Now let us learn more about the new boiler grant and find out how you can enjoy its benefits.

What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?

As mentioned before, the boiler grant focuses on providing homes with fossil fuel-based heating systems with an opportunity to shift to more renewable energy-based heating systems.

Not only will this initiative make heating less expensive in the long term but will also help the UK achieve its target of net zero by 2050.

With the help of the heat pump grant, the government aims at lowering carbon emissions and slowly putting an end to the use of fossil fuel-based heating.

In an attempt to ensure that all new heating systems are eco-friendly by 2035, the government plans to invest £450 million 

Only available in England and Wales, the scheme was previously known as the clean heat grant and has replaced the Renewable Heat Incentive since march 2022.

How Will It Benefit You?

All You Need to Know About The Boiler Upgrade Scheme
Internal control of a gas double-circuit boiler with a pressure and temperature sensor in the home heating system.

Financial Incentive

Well of course the biggest benefit of the scheme is the financial incentive that comes with it. According to the latest updates, written below are the financial grant you will receive based on your new heating system.

  • Air Source Heat Pumps – 5000
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps – 6000
  • Biomass Boilers – 5000
  • Water Source Heat Pumps – 6000

Moreover, given the fact that these heating systems run on electricity and biomass, they have much less monthly expenses compared to fossil fuel-based systems.

Efficiency

Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps are way more efficient than gas and oil boilers. When installed perfectly, the heat pumps can be as efficient as 400%, which is more than four times more efficient than fossil fuel-based heating.

Carbon Footprint

Your carbon footprint refers to the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by a person’s actions. 

By using eco-friendly heat pumps, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Not only does this help with global warming but also costs you much less in maintenance costs.

All You Need to Know About The Boiler Upgrade Scheme
Plumber Adjusting Temperature Of Electric Boiler.

How Can You Apply For It?

Applying for the boiler replacement grant needs to be done through an MCS accredited heat pump installer. 

Your installer will help you throughout the process of applying for the grant to the installation. All you need to do is go to your closest renewable heat pump and let them know what you want.

The Eligibility Criteria

There are a few things that you need to consider before you apply for the boiler upgrade scheme as the eligibility criteria can be a little complicated. Well, don’t worry, we’re going to keep it simple for you.

  1. The first thing that you need is an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) with a higher than “E.” The certificate should also have been issued in the last 10 years.
  2. Along with the EPC, you also need to ensure that you do not have any pending recommendations for your property. These recommendations are made by your evaluator based on the upgrades your property needs to get a better rating.
  3. New Builds are not eligible under the boiler grant
  4. You also need to present a quote from a qualified MCS Accredited renewable heating system installer like JL Philips

Conclusion

Now that you know all about the boiler upgrade scheme, it’s time you figure out your eligibility and use it to get a new renewable heating system for your home. 

Not only will this greatly benefit you financially but is also a great way to live greener. We hope this article helped you and that you are able to contribute to the UK government’s net-zero by 2050 initiative. 

Sarah Anguish

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