Affordable warmth and how this new scheme could help you

If you are a home owner or have a private rental agreement, from January 2013 you could be entitled to help with improvements to heating and/ or installation for your home under the new government scheme “Affordable warmth”. The scheme has been set up for households suffering from fuel poverty and those that may not be able to take advantage of the “Green Deal”.

The government has set up this scheme to help those on low income with funding to improve their homes efficiency. The Government have set targets for the big six energy suppliers to reduce their carbon emissions or receive a fine. Suppliers have agreed to make up to £1.3 billion per year available to make improve heating systems under the affordable warmth scheme.

To help you save money the funding covers things such as:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Internal and External wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Improvements to heating systems such as boiler replacement

Currently only a certain number of insulation companies have been authorised under the ECO (Energy Companies Obligation) to provide and install these products with funding from the six major energy companies.

How it works

  • You must live in a privately owned or privately rented home
  • The householder must receive certain state benefits
  • Either have a faulty or inefficient boiler (rated C or below) or inadequate insulation

Benefits

  • Replacement boiler and installation for FREE (The affordable warmth scheme does not require you to contribute towards this cost)
  • The new boiler will not require as much maintenance so savings will be made on service charges
  • Add value to your home after a new boiler installation and/or insulation added
  • Save up to 35% on heating bills per year