Claim your free boiler

55% of your annual energy bill is dependent on the efficiency of your boiler, the more efficient it is the lower your bills will be

A brand new, energy efficient boiler costs on average £2300 and can save you up to £340 a year

That price tag can be daunting but don’t worry if you can’t afford it, there are government initiatives in place to help those in need with boiler costs


Need to know

  • A brand new boiler can make a world of difference to your bills, depending on its age a new one could save you between £90 and £340 a year
  • Most boilers over 5 years old typically fall between band C and G of the energy efficiency scale and run at about 86% efficiency
  • As part of the Green Deal the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme was introduced to help those likely to be living in fuel poverty
  • A part of the ECO scheme entitles people to a free, A-rated energy efficient boiler if they are in receipt of specific benefits or meet certain criteria

Do I Qualify?

  • If you receive Pension Credit (a State Pension top up) or Child Tax Credit and your household income is less than £16,010 then you will automatically qualify for a free boiler
  • If you receive income support, Jobseekers Allowance or Employment Seekers Allowance then you must ALSO have a child, disabled person in your household or be over the age of 60 to qualify
  • If you receive Working Tax Credit and have a household income of less than £16,010 then you must ALSO have a child, a disabled person in your household or be over the age of 60
  • If you’re still unsure whether or not you qualify, then you can check with the Energy Saving Trust advice service on 0300 123 1234 (England and Wales), 0800 1422 865 (Northern Ireland) or 0808 808 22 82 (Scotland). Alternatively, you can fill out this basic form to find out more

The inside track

  • If you’d like more free solutions to energy saving British Gas offer free home insulation for your cavity walls and loft each of which could save you up to £135 and £175 a year respectively
  • If you don’t qualify for a free boiler there are still ways you can make your home energy efficient to cut down on your heating bills. For more advice and tips, have a look at our Energy Saving guide and start saving
  • If, despite being proactive about energy saving, your bills are still high then you may be on an unsuitable tariff. Have a look at our Energy Switching guide to find out if you could save on your bills and switch today

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