Heating & Insulation

I don't have central heating, are there any schemes that can help me with this?

Better Homes Yorkshire can offer support towards first time central heating systems if you receive certain benefits. They can also help you to access an assisted gas connection if your house is not already connected to gas but there is mains gas close by. Call 0113 834 6685.

E.ON are the only one of the big energy suppliers currently offering support towards first time central heating systems. You would need to have a mains gas connection and be in receipt of certain income-related benefits. It is unlikely to be fully funded and the contribution needed towards this will only be known following a full survey. Contact 0330 400 1183 or click here for more information.


Where can I go for help with a new boiler?

There aren't as many free boiler schemes as there were a few years ago and a household contribution is often required. The help that is still available stems from the government's Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. To be eligible you will need to 1) own the property or rent from a private landlord and 2) receive certain benefits - click here for the eligibility criteria. You can try any of the options below (last updated Jan 2019). If you need to know how efficient your boiler is you need to find the make and model and you can then put the details into this website.


YES Energy Solutions

YES Energy Solutions are based in Halifax and work with major energy companies to access funding to support energy efficiency installations. They are currently able to offer help towards oil and LPG boilers (when upgrading a broken or inefficient boiler), electric storage heaters and potentially first time central heating systems.

EDF Energy

EDF Energy will consider replacing a wall mounted gas boiler with an efficiency rating of 'C' or lower, which usually means that the boiler is less than 86% efficient (they do not cover back boilers or free standing boilers). You must be an EDF customer and all are subject to a survey, which is free of charge. However, a replacement boiler will require a customer contribution of £240 and you will need to be in receipt of certain benefits to qualify. EDF do not cover oil or LPG boilers or night storage heaters or first time central heating systems. Phone 0333 200 5119 or click here for more information. 

E.ON will also consider first time central heating systems if households have a gas connection but only have electric plug-in heaters or gas room heaters (i.e. no boiler and no radiators). However their funding will only cover the cost of a boiler, the householder would need to contribute the remaining cost for radiators etc. Contact 0330 400 1083 or click here for more information. 
E.ON also have some funding for like-for-like gas boiler replacements for households in receipt of a means-tested benefit and where the boiler is broken or has a fault (it does not go on boiler age). A minimum contribution of £250 towards the cost would be required (but the exact amount depends on the result of the survey).
If a boiler is old and inefficient (over 10 years old) but not broken you would only qualify for support for a replacement boiler if you also need cavity wall insulation.
E.ON also offer interest free finance for people who need a new boiler but who do not meet this other criteria. There is nothing available for oil, LPG or electric storage heaters.

The NPower ECO boiler scheme is run through 0800 Repair. They will consider gas boiler replacements for anyone if you meet the eligibility criteria and if the boiler is over 8 years old or broken or faulty. There will be a contribution to pay towards the cost - you can get a rough estimate of this by ringing 0800 737247 but the exact cost won't be known until a survey has been carried out. If you want to swap a system boiler (with a hot water tank) to a combi boiler this can be done but your contribution to the cost will be higher. You have to own your home, it is not available to people in private rented accomodation (even if you meet the eligibility criteria). They only do gas boilers, not oil or LPG.
Npower also run a 'Heat Through Warmth' scheme which is targeted at people with long-term illnesses, who own their home, are on a low income with little or no savings, and who need help to pay for heating repairs, to install a heating system as they don't have one, or who need insulation fitting. See here for more info.
SSE don't currently have any schemes available for new boilers or insulation and it is not known when a new scheme will open. Call 0345 078 3248 for any updates.

Better Homes Yorkshire

This scheme does not currently have any funding for boilers or electric storage heaters, whether it be gas, oil or LPG. They do however have a loan scheme for replacement gas boilers. 0113 834 6685 or visit their website

British Gas are not currently offering any support through ECO but they do have a Trust Fund that could help households in need. To be considered you need 2 quotes from 2 Gas Safe engineers which state of the following about the boiler: a) it is over 10 years old b) it is inefficient (F or G-rated) c) it has been condemned or d) the parts are obsolete. Supporting statements or letters confirming the need will help. See here for more information.


You could also contact the Energy Saving Trust advice line on 0300 123 1234 as they can advise on what schemes are available in different areas.


Can I get a grant for new windows?

There have never really been any grants available for new windows, primarily because of the very high cost and the low level of energy savings that they generate. In the Selby District, the Home Improvement Agency offers an interest free loan of up to £4,000 for some home repairs which is secured against the property so it may be worth looking into this.

Can I get free loft and cavity wall insulation?

EDF - are currently offering free loft insulation (or top-up insulation if you have less than 100mm) and cavity wall insulation to all of their customers providing no extra work is required (e.g. scaffolding). You do NOT need to be in receipt of any benefits. You must be an EDF customer.

E.ON - offer free cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and room-in-roof insulation for anyone in receipt of certain income-related benefits. You do not have to be an E.ON customer.

Npower - cavity wall and loft insulation (if less than 100mm), you do not need to be an Npower customer and is available fully funded to everyone (you do not need to be in receipt of benefits)

SSE - loft and cavity wall insulation, you don't need to be an SSE customer or in receipt of benefits. A customer contribution will be required - the amount depends on the outcome of a survey and what other energy efficiency improvements are needed.

Better Homes Yorkshire - there is currently funding available in the Selby, Harrogate and Craven areas through this Council-endorsed scheme for loft, cavity wall, solid wall and room-in-roof insulation. Again a contribution may be required but this is determined on a household-specific basis. Phone 0113 350 9954 or visit www.betterhomesyorkshire.co.uk

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