A few years ago there were plenty of grants and schemes available to help homeowners heat their properties more efficiently. Now though much of these have expired, but there are still opportunities to save money.
Whilst most official grants have been suspended for the time being, replacing an inefficient system is a sure-fire way to start saving money almost instantly on your heating bills.
Remember, by replacing an old, outdated boiler:
- Cut your heating bills by as much as £300 annually
- Ensure your home is warmer throughout the year
- Reduce the chance of a system breakdown
- Slash your CO2 emissions and help the environment
The Warm Front Scheme
In January 2013 the chance of receiving grants up to £3,500 for a new boiler installation was taken away. The Warm Front Scheme was dedicated to those receiving a low income or financial benefits from the Government.
On top of the opportunity to install an efficient central heating system, there was also the possibility of loft lagging or wall cavity insulation to be inserted.
The Boiler Scrappage Scheme
More popular than the Warm Front was the boiler scrappage scheme. During the height of its success thousands of homeowners upgraded their boilers to save money on energy bills. As a result they received large discounts off the installation price.
By replacing a G rated boiler with an A rated equivalent, you can save up to £300 every year on your bills. This will see you make back the installation costs in as little as five years, whilst benefitting from all the advantages a new boiler has at the same time.
Fuel payment schemes
There is some support still available for those in the UK, specifically those over 60 or on financial support.
The Fuel Direct Payment is open to homeowners receiving Income Support or Jobseeker’s Allowance and struggling with high fuel or water bills.
As well as this, there’s the chance to earn from the Winter Fuel Payment, which helps pay gas and electricity bills for the elderly. People aged over 60 can receive £200 whilst those over 80 could be entitled to £300.
Finally, for others struggling with energy bills there’s a £130 payment available through the Warm Home Discount.