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This 100% Government backed nationwide scheme delivers free energy efficiency improvements as part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4).

First Time Central Heating Grants

First Time Central Heating grants are available to fund the installation of either mains gas central heating (gas boiler) and radiators OR an air source heat pump and radiators to a property not currently on the mains gas network. If your home does not currently have central heating and is heated by another method (electric / oil / fire) , then you may qualify for a First Time Central Heating Grant to pay for the installation of central heating in the property.

To qualify, you must either own your own property or be privately renting. In addition, either you or another person living in the property must be in receipt of at least one qualifying benefit (listed below).

Does your existing heating system qualify for a heating grant?

Heater Grants help to deliver ECO4 Government funded free central heating installation. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO4), is aimed at reducing fuel poverty throughout the UK. If your home is heated by electric heaters, electric fires, wood/coal fire, gas fires or electric storage heaters then these are eligible for replacement with a First Time Central Heating grant. Heater Grants operate throughout the UK, providing free surveys with fully accredited local installers.

Start saving money on your home energy bills with a First Time Central Heating Grant through Heater Grants. If you have no central heating system or a heating system that doesn’t involve a gas boiler (with radiators) then you will be eligible for the First Time Central Heating grant.

Apply Now to receive a Government funded gas central heating grant towards a brand new boiler and radiators.

Qualifying Heating Types
  • Electric room heaters, including direct acting room heaters, fan heaters or inefficient electric storage heaters.
  • Gas room heaters; including fixed mains gas room heaters.
  • Gas fire with back boiler.
  • Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler.
  • Electric underfloor or ceiling heating (not part of an electric boiler).
  • Electric underfloor or ceiling heating (not part of an electric boiler).
  • Solid fossil fuel room heaters.
  • Wood/biomass room heating.
  • Oil room heaters
  • No heating in place.
Benefits Of First Time Central Heating

If you own a home with no central heating then you could be missing out on:

  • Reduced Heating Bills
  • More Comfortable Home
  • More Reliable & Efficient Heating Source
  • Minimise Carbon Emissions
  • Smart Room Controls
Who Pays For First Time Central Heating & Installation?

The money to pay for the First Time Central Heating & Installation comes from energy suppliers as part of a government scheme to reduce carbon emissions, known as the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO4). An initial survey is carried out by an approved heating installer (for boilers or air source heat pumps), the installer completes the work on the approved property and the installer then invoices the utility companies for the grant amount.

If for any reason you don’t qualify for the full grant you could still qualify for a large contribution to the cost of the work, meaning a small amount is to be paid.

I was able to replace my old storage heaters with a brand new gas central heating system and radiators. The controls are really easy to use and my house is lovely and warm throughout.

— Janet, Leicester.

Other heating grants available
Qualifying Benefits

To qualify for funding, someone living in the property needs to be in receipt of at least one of the benefits listed below:

  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (PCGC)
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit (PCSC)
  • Child Benefit, (within the income caps, see Chapter 5 of the ECO4 Guidance: Delivery)

* Household income limits apply

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