In the past five years, there have been 32,000 cases of cold weather-related deaths in the UK with 9,700 cases per year attributed to living in a cold house. This is the second worst death rate resulting from cold reported in Europe. Currently, temperatures in the UK are forecasted to reach negative 15 degrees Celsius on the back of coldest winter snap in the last five years. The cold weather continues to cause havoc around the country as Storm Emma prepares to hit. So how can households take advantage of the boiler replacement scheme to keep their families warm?
The Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme was launched in 2013 to provide heating measures and energy efficient upgrades in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. One way it does this is by replacing inefficient or old boilers for low-income families at a huge discount or completely free of charge. The boiler replacement scheme has already benefited over 70% of low-income households in the UK. The scheme was recently granted funding to the tune of 3.6 billion pounds up to 2028 that will help 2.5 million low-income households. The goal of the ECO is to upgrade all fuel-poor homes in the UK to a decent standard by the year 2030.
Do you qualify for the scheme?
To qualify for the boiler replacement scheme you must first have a boiler that is at least five years old. You should also be receiving either Child Tax Credits or Pension Credit and be earning an income that is less than £16, 010. You may also qualify if you receive benefits like Income Support and Job Seekers Allowance and at least one more benefit like Disability Living Allowance. If you have children that are under 16 or below 20 and not in higher learning institution you can qualify. However, the scheme is not available for people living in council houses and if you are renting as a private tenant you have to get express permission from your landlord. As you can see the rules of qualifying for the boiler replacement scheme are quite complicated but the new boiler will lead to significant savings.
An average household spends 60 percent of the energy bill a year to heat their house. The main advantage of the new boilers is the energy efficiency it applies to burning fuel. They have a larger heat exchanger to recover more heat and send cooler gases up the flue more efficiently. To find out if you qualify for the boiler replacement scheme contact the Energy Saving Advice.