Funding to upgrade boilers

9:23am - 16 June 2022
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Energy bills are still a worry for many people so a new government scheme has launched to upgrade boilers.

 

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme launched last month to help homeowners in the UK upgrade to low-carbon heating systems like heat pumps. 

The scheme comes amid central government plans to phase out gas boilers from 2035, as part of plans to reach net zero by 2050.

Here in North Somerset, we’re working to make the area net zero by 2030.

The new funding will allow homeowners to apply for a one-off grant of either: 

  • £5,000 towards the cost of an air-source heat pump
  • £6,000 towards the cost of a ground source heat pump
  • £5,000 towards the cost of a biomass boiler (for properties in rural areas not connected to the gas grid).

You need to own your property to apply and must 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 exemption covering these recommendations).

New build homes and social housing will not be eligible, except if you are self-building your own home.

Only properties which are fully replacing existing fossil fuel systems (such as oil, gas or direct electric) are eligible for support. 

Your installer will apply for the grant on your behalf.

To start the process, find an MCS-certified installer who can advise you on whether your installation is eligible for a grant under the scheme. 

Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, also has some latest advice about whether to fix your energy bill or not.

Last chance to sign up for Green Business Grant

Businesses in North Somerset have until the end of this month to apply for a grant to help improve their carbon footprint.

Green Business Grants of up to £15,000 are available, to pay for 50 per cent of the cost of energy saving improvements in buildings or business equipment.

You don't need to own your building to get funding. 

A free carbon survey is provided to help you decide the best improvements to make. 

The grant is open to small and medium-sized businesses across the West of England that are VAT registered.

It is managed by the West of England Combined Authority and funded through the European Regional Development Fund. 

All you need to do is fill in a short online registration form to book your free carbon survey by Thursday 30 June.

View the full eligibility criteria and complete the form online.