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Free boiler from the government ECO scheme

If you live in our catchment area and own your own home, you may be eligible for a free boiler.



Who qualifies for a free boiler?

Home owner

You must be a home owner.

Boiler age

Your boiler must be 6 years or older.

Additional measure

You must accept an additional energy efficiency implementation such as under-floor insulation.


Someone at the property must be in receipt of one of the benefits listed below.

Which benefits are accepted?

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Benefit (if total household income is less than £23,000)
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Severe Disability Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement
  • Working Tax Credit

Apply for your free boiler

If you meet the criteria and would like to claim your free boiler, please fill in the free boiler application.

If the options you require are not on the forms it means you do not qualify. Please do not select incorrect options.

Free Boiler Grants: A Complete Guide to the government free boiler ECO scheme

What is the free boiler scheme?

The free boiler scheme is a term used for one of the measures implemented by the government as part of the "ECO" scheme.

What is ECO?

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme is a government-lead energy efficiency initiative scheme designed to help reduce carbon emissions and deal with fuel poverty for vulnerable homes in Great Britain.

The ECO scheme began in April 2013, and, since it's implemenation it has been modified adaptively to reach those in need. The latest policy, ECO3, begun on 3rd December 2018, and applies to any measures completed after 1st October 2018.

You can view a summary of the amendments made to the scheme in 2018 on the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s web site.

What are the main obligations of ECO?

This ECO policy is derived from a single obligation, the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO). Under the HHCRO, obligated suppliers must promote various measures which improve the performance of low income, fuel poor and vulnerable properties to heat their homes. This includes measures that result in heating savings, such as replacing broken heating systems or upgrading inefficient heating systems. You may have also heard of the Affordabale Warmth Obligation too which is just another iteration of the ECO scheme.

Under ECO2t, that ran from 1st April 2017 to 30th September 2018, energy suppliers were also required to deliver against another obligation named the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO).

Who is elegible for a free boiler?

Inline with the Government’s boiler grant scheme, the UK’s biggest energy companies (the big six) are giving away free replacement boilers to qualifying homeowners and private tenants. We aren't able to offer this service to private tenants yet, but, we're hoping we can offer this in September 2020 with the launch of The Green Deal grant from the government commencing at the beginning of the September. At present we are offering free boilers to home owners because we are able to do this without any costs to the applicant.

The average cost of a new boiler is around £2,595 so we are very pleased to be able to offer this completely free to elegible applicants. Some companies will advertise "heavily subsidised/free boiler" then charge as much as £2,000 on top of the grant. We do not charge people a penny, we only deal with those who qualify fully for a free boiler.

The applicant must also be in receipt of one of the benefits listed previously such as child tax credit or pension credit.

Some homes may also be elegibile for other benefits that are designed to help families reduce heating bills. Such benefits include:

  • Heating controls
  • Loft insulation
  • Solid wall insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation

As part of our free boiler scheme you will also have to accept an additional measure such as under-floor insulation.

Why do I need to accept an additional measure?

Part of the criteria for qualifying is that the energy saved must justify the cost of the installation of a new boiler. This is the reason we can't offer this service to someone who has say a one bedroom apartment. The savings must be deemed as significant so we implement an additional measure to increase the amount of energy saved on more acceptable properties.

Why would I need a new boiler?

Most modern boilers are the equivalent of 90% efficient. This means you lose approximately 10% output when converting fuel to heat. Just as cars lose efficiency over time, so do boilers. It's estimated boilers can become up to 5% less efficient every year with use. Replacing a boiler 6 years old could potentially save £250 in it's first year and still save money for each year afterwards. All new boilers installed are condensing boilers which are greatly more efficient than old style (non-condensing) gas boilers. Anyone replacing a non-condensing boiler will see very significant savings with their energy bills.

Read more about home energy efficiency on the Energy Saving Trust's website.

How do I apply for a free boiler?

We cover Burnley and Pendle area predominantly, however we do cover other selected areas such as Bradford. If you or a neighbour has received a leaflet or a visit from us this means you are within our catchment area. We will respond to all applications so if you are unsure please apply and we will contact you and let you know if you are within our catchment or not. If you meet the criteria mentioned above, fill in the form above and we will get in touch with you shortly.

When does the free boiler scheme end?

The scheme is set to end in March 2022 but as more and more people qualify the criteria is becoming more stringent as we approach the deadline so we recommend you apply while you still can.