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A Guide to the
Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The UK Government have introduced a range of energy saving grants to help homeowners in England, Scotland and Wales increase efficiency in their homes and reduce their energy costs and emissions; whilst also helping the UK to reach the target of Net Zero. 

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

One of these initiatives is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). This initiative is designed to encourage people to install low-carbon heating systems, such as heat pumps and biomass boilers to reduce energy consumption and costs.

Introducing the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS)

One of these initiatives is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). This initiative is designed to encourage people to install low-carbon heating systems, such as heat pumps and biomass boilers to reduce energy consumption and costs.

What Improvements Are Available under the Scheme and How Much Funding is Available? 

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme covers three low-carbon heating systems, including:

* Please note the grant only covers biomass boilers in rural locations, in properties not connected to the gas grid, and with an emissions certificate showing that polluting emissions are kept to a minimum. Biomass boilers in self-build properties are not eligible under the scheme.

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How Will I Know Which Low-Carbon Heating System is Right For My Home?

Your installer will carry out a survey of your home to advise whether a heat pump or biomass boiler is suitable for your home and specific needs. They may recommend energy efficient improvements are carried out to your home for you to be eligible. For example, your home must have adequate loft insulation and cavity wall insulation (if suitable) before you can apply for Boiler Upgrade Scheme funding. 

Who Can Apply to the Scheme? 

The BUS is open to homeowners and also owners of small business properties in England and Wales. Unfortunately, it is not available to residents in Scotland. However, other similar schemes may be available. 

To be eligible for BUS, you’ll need to: 

  • Own your property (this can be a home or a small business property).

  • Have a property with an installation capacity of up to 45kWth (this covers most homes)

  • Have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Your EPC must not have any outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation (unless you have an insulation exemption).

When Does the Scheme Start and Finish?

The scheme runs from 2022 to 2028.

Low-carbon heating systems that are commissioned (i.e. installed and fully checked by your installer) after 1 April 2022 will be eligible for funding under the scheme.

Your new heating system must also be able to meet the full space heating and hot water requirements of your property and meet certain technical standards, such as minimum efficiency requirements. Your installer can advise you on these.

Better For Your Pocket, Better For the Environment

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is the perfect opportunity to make positive changes that impact your wallet and the planet. By switching to a low-carbon heating system, you'll save money on your energy bills and do your bit for the environment, too. Think of it like this: every upgraded boiler means less carbon emissions and a step towards a cleaner, greener world. 

​​How Can I Apply For the Scheme?

To apply for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme please use our Grants Eligibility Checker. One of our helpful energy advisors will be in touch to tell you more about the scheme and whether you qualify for a low-carbon heating upgrade. 

This is an installer-led scheme which means one of our Trustmark accredited installers will apply for the grant on your behalf. The value of the grant will be deducted from the final price you pay for your new heating system. 

Who Can Apply to the Scheme? 

The BUS is open to homeowners and also owners of small business properties in England and Wales. Unfortunately, it is not available to residents in Scotland. However, other similar schemes may be available. 

To be eligible for BUS, you’ll need to: 

  • Own your property (this can be a home or a small business property).

  • Have a property with an installation capacity of up to 45kWth (this covers most homes)

  • Have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Your EPC must not have any outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation (unless you have an insulation exemption).

Useful Resources

Check Your Eligibility Using Our Grant Checker

Please ensure that all information provided below is 100% accurate. Any errors in your personal information could delay or prevent you qualifying for a government funded grant.

Please note that you do not necessarily need to be in receipt of tax credits or benefits as we still may be able to obtain funding for you via your Council or through other funding schemes.

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