First Time Central Heating Grants

First time central heating grants (FTCH) are available from the government as part of their energy efficiency scheme. This makes homes more efficient but cheaper and healthier to live in.

What is the Energy Company Obligation?

Energy Company Obligation (ECO), is aimed at reducing fuel poverty throughout the UK.

The ECO initiative was created by the government. The aim is to make it mandatory for the UK’s mainstream energy suppliers to offer free insulation. In addition a scheme was created, the Affordable Warmth Scheme which might provide you with a central heating grant. First time central heating grant are available from the government; this is part of the ECO initiative as this works towards reducing fuel poverty throughout the UK.

Energy is one of the main grant-giving areas. Subsequently this means substantial Government funding is available to reduce our impact on the environment. The Government, energy suppliers and local authorities all provide grants to help you save energy.

What is central heating?

Some properties do not have central heating systems with a boiler and radiators but if you’re a homeowner or tenant and you don’t have central heating you may be able to get 100% funding towards FTCH installation.

That is to say, If you don’t have a central heating system or a system that doesn’t have a boiler and radiators then your home will be eligible; see below for full list of heating types which qualify.

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

Solid fossil fuel fire

Electric under floor or ceiling heating (not part of an electric boiler).

Bottled LPG room heating.

Solid fossil fuel room heaters.

Wood/biomass room heating.

Oil room heaters

No heating in place.

Electrically heated properties are very outdated, therefore usually the least energy-efficient system and costs are higher. With energy prices on the rise (4% per year on average) so consequently you could be burning your money away!

As a result poor insulation in your property, and an electrical heating system can equate to massive heating bills.

For example, a less efficient property means a much larger carbon footprint on your home; we all need to do our part to protect the environment. Moving properties from electric or other off gas heating sources will reduce carbon emissions in addition to helping towards the government’s commitment to reducing carbon emission in the UK to Net 0% by the year 2050.

How to qualify for the central heating grant you ask?

If you have no heating system or a system that does not involve a boiler and/or radiators then your home will be eligible for the grant. To be successful in your application for a grant, somebody living at the property must  be in receipt of one or more of the qualifying state benefits or if the household qualifies under the ECO LA Flex rules.

The ECO LA Flex Scheme is there to help people who are not in receipt of benefits. The scheme is to help those people that are living on low income but are also vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home. Local Authorities now define their own eligibility criteria.

What Are The Benefits of The Central Heating Grant?

There are a number of benefits to the first time central heating grant. Therefore, If you do not currently have any central heating, you should take advantage of the government’s first time central heating grant. The funding allocated to this grant means that you could experience lower monthly heating bills and above all improve your standard of living by living in a warmer and more comfortable environment.

In other words a central heating system is a more reliable and efficient way to heat your home and reduce carbon emissions.

The end result of these grants is an increase in your home’s value, warmth and economy.

In conclusion, it’s worth everyone checking if they’re eligible for a heating grant.

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