How to get a free boiler on benefits
Is your boiler old, inefficient and costing you a fortune? A new scheme could mean that you are entitled to either a free boiler or one that is heavily subsidised. This year’s Government ECO Scheme entitles some home-owners, qualifying private tenants and council tenants to have their out-of-date boilers replaced. Interested? Read on and you can find out how to get a free boiler on benefits.
Why should you replace your boiler?
Old boilers are often unsafe and burn too much fuel at a significant cost to the environment. The problem is, although they are better and cheaper to run, new boilers are expensive to buy and install. The good news is that under the Government’s Affordable Warmth Obligation, people who meet certain benefits criteria may be entitled to get a free boiler. This will make your home more comfortable, decrease your heating costs and improve your carbon footprint.
Who is eligible for a free boiler on benefits?
Low-income households and families on benefits can apply for replacement boilers. You need to meet certain conditions to be entitled to a free or subsidised boiler on benefits. Your existing boiler must be non-condensing and at least five years old and you must claim these benefits:
A resident in a private house:
You may be able to claim a free boil a resident in private housing and claim certain benefits, these include:
– Child Tax Credit
– Working Tax Credit
– Universal Credit
(If you receive the benefits listed above, your income will also be considered before confirming eligibility)
– Jobseeker’s Allowance
– Employment and Support Allowance
– Pension Guarantee Credit
Bear in mind that if you rent you will need to get your landlord’s permission before any work is done. A resident in social housing you may be entitled to a free boiler, a newly installed heating system or property insulation if your home G. Ask to see and check your eligibility.
The financial contribution you will receive towards your boiler will depend on the energy efficiency of your home. The government will arrange for a free energy assessment to be carried out, you will then be will told whether you are expected to pay something towards the cost of the boiler.
Once you have received a free boiler on benefits, you are not expected to pay any money back. It is yours to enjoy, so make the most of the heat and the cost savings. For more information and to check whether you can get a free boiler visit the GOV.UK website.