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Central Heating Grants Scotland 2023

In Scotland during 2023, you can get free central heating systems through government backed grants. The criteria to qualify are all the same a the free boiler scheme except it has to be the first time your home has had a gas central heating system installed, known as a “first time central heating grant” or FTCH for short.

First time central heating grants are available for people on benefits (including pensioners), who are either homeowners or private tenants. Free central heating grants are available for homes in “off-gas” areas where funding can be granted for alternatives such as electric storage heaters or air source heat pumps.

Can I Get Free Central Heating in Scotland?

Take advantage of these ECO Energy Services free government funded ECO 4 Grants today. Find out about free central heating in Scotland and read on to see if it may be something that you can get help with through the free first-time central heating grant offered by the Scottish government’s ECO4 scheme. It will allow you to
save money instead of high bills and small savings accounts.

If you have no existing gas supply, you may qualify for a grant to install an air source heat pump and radiators. Note well that you must never have had a central heating system fitted before, even if it is not in your home now if there was one – you will not qualify. It is also important that your home is well insulated, and this or other measures must be carried out to improve your homes EPC rating, before a new central heating system is installed.

Your home needs to be well insulated before you can have central heating installed using a grant. The reason for the need for insulation is to save energy and make your new central heating more efficient by ensuring that you have limited heat loss from your new central heating system. Usually, the installer of your central heating system can help you out by installing the insulation too.

Other criteria to think about before applying are rules set down in April 2022 that to qualify for a central heating grant through ECO4 your home musty have an existing mains gas supply.

Who Qualifies for Free Central Heating Grants in Scotland?

Eligibility does not depend on the type of home you live in or the number of rooms or number of occupants. To qualify for a central heating grant, you must be a home
owner or a private tenant.

You must also be in receipt of certain benefits:

  • Central Heating Grants for People on Benefits
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Housing Benefit

Are you a homeowner living in Scotland and is your name on the mortgage and relevant paperwork related to your benefits?

Funding for free central heating is also available for tenants, landlords and social housing residents who meet certain criteria. 

Are you in receipt of benefits? All benefits are accepted for a free central heating under the LEAP boiler scheme. Listed lower on this page are the list of benefits accepted through the ECO 4 scheme.

In order to be eligible you must receive Pension Guarantee Credit and be over 60 years of age. If you do not receive Pension Guarantee Credit, you may still qualify if you are in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

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What Is A Central Heating Grant?

A central heating grant is awarded through most councils for first time gas central heating systems. The grant can include installation costs too. The ECO4 scheme
grant runs from 1 st April 2022 to 31 st March 2026 and is offered to improve yourhome’s energy efficiency.

These grants are aimed at homes that are low in efficiency and targeted to low income or vulnerable households. This is the latest scheme with ECO and the
government is using the initiative to increase energy efficiency, and especially considering homes that are or may be subjected to fuel poverty with a focus on
reducing it. The central heating grants scheme is part of the Affordable Warmth Scheme section of the Government’s ECO Scheme. This is funded by a small levy
on the electricity bills of every household in England, Scotland, and Wales.

For example, a new boiler could save you up to 30% off your energy bills and help you to save in general. Moving to gas from electric or other heating will reduce carbon emissions and as stated above provide more energy efficient homes.

How Does A Central Heating Grant Work?

The central heating grant application is a simple process and the installation and money to have the central heating fitted is provided by the Scottish government if you fit the criteria. It is aimed at people who have no heating system or an existing system with no radiators or no boiler, with other heating products such as electric heaters, fan heaters or old electric storage heaters, gas heaters, gas fires with back boilers, fossil fuel with back boilers, underfloor heating (electric), oil room heating or no heating at all.

The ECO 4 scheme is required to meet Ofgems minimum energy requirements. After the installation the retrofit assessment (RA) energy rating of your property must increase. This is in line with the following scheme measures. Property with Pre-Retrofit Assessment Energy rating of F or G before installation must increase to a rating of at least D after installation.

Properties with Pre-Retrofit Assessment Energy rating of D or E before installation must increase to a rating of at least C after installation. To meet the minimum requirement, you may need to have insulation installed.
These measures are important and once you qualify, your homes Retrofit Assessment Energy Rating is compared pre and post installation.

Just make the call and find out more and see if this is something that you can apply for. Remember that you must have no central heating system in your home, you should be a homeowner or a private tenant renting your home. There is more detail of other criteria such as receipt of benefits so read on and find out if you may qualify.

Benefits Of Free Central Heating

  • Lower heating bills.
  • Warmer living environment.
  • Comfortable living space.
  • Maintains a consistent temperature throughout your home.
  • Reduced energy consumption.
  • Lower your carbon footprint.
  • Enhance your home’s value.
  • Improve your home’s marketability.
  • Compatible with smart thermostats. (work your heating remotely)

What Central Heating Grants Are Available in Scotland?

ECO 4 Free Central Heating Grant

The ECO 4 scheme set up by the government and aims to deliver energy efficiency and heating measures to homes in Scotland. A central heating system will
maintain consistent temperature in your home and reduce energy consumption. Take advantage of these ECO Energy Services free government funded ECO 4 Grants today. The scheme has policies that aim to;

  • Support households on the lowest incomes
  • Households in receipt of means tested benefits will be eligible.
    ECO 4 Flex, is there to help households on low incomes, but not in receipt of benefits.
  • Off-gas rural areas in Scotland to incentivise delivery in areas that may be harder to reach.

Warmer Homes Scotland Central Heating Grant

The Warmer Homes Scotland central heating grant is funded by the Scottish government to provide home improvements to save energy including a central heating system and insulation. Referrals are closed now and will reopen in October 2023. New eligibility criteria are being prepared. Applications submitted before 31st March 2023 will be part of the original scheme. You can still apply and your application will be assed according to the new eligibility.

The Green Deal Central Heating Grant 2023

The Green Deal central heating grant helps you make energy saving improvements to your home that could save you energy including home insulation such as solid wall, cavity wall, external wall insulation
or loft insulation and draught-proofing. You may be able to get a loan through the Green Deal which you will have to pay back.

Home Energy Scotland Grants and Loans for Central Heating

You could get help with funding to heat your home and this would allow you to save on bills and make energy saving improvements, adding to the value of your home and also making your home easier to heat. With Home Energy Scotland you could be entitled to a grant that you don’t have to pay back to new central heating. If you are not entitled to a grant, you may be eligible for an Interest free loan.

With a Home Energy Scotland grant or loan you could get up to £7,500 towards central heating with zero emission heating improvements and energy efficiency improvements. Also rural households may claim up to £9,000

Private Sector Landlord Loan for Central Heating Grants

These loans or grants for Private Rented Sector Landlords will allow landlords to apply for a Scottish government funded loans to assist them to improve the energy
efficiency of their homes. You can apply if you are a registered landlord who owns private rented properties. Applications will be accepted only from individuals or official representatives of the business. The funding is available for:

Individuals as sole traders.

  • Some or all members of an incorporated association in trust.
  • A limited company.
  • A limited liability partnership.
  • A trust.
  • A partnership.
  • A Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).
    or in any other capacity considered to be a business.
  • Also, it is worth noting that funding will be open to eligible properties as follows;
  • Funding for landlords to improve domestic dwellings in Scotland listed on the Scottish Landlord Register.
  • Property not used as a holiday or second home.
  • Property that is already built.
  • Property that is currently occupied by a tenant or has a tenant dwelling there within 30 days of the loan payment.

Free Central Heating Grants for Disabled

If you are disabled and in receipt of benefits, you may be eligible for a central heating grant. The grant will help you to upgrade or install measures to make your home more energy efficient. The conditions are that you own your own home, have permission from your landlord if it is rented, receive certain benefits (see list below) and your home cannot be council owned.

The grant can offer up to 100% funding for a new boiler and central heating system. This is part of the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO). If you are in
receipt of disability living allowance you or someone in your home must receive one of the following benefits;

  • Child Tax Credit.
  • Income Support.
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance. (JSA)
  • Income-related employment and support allowance. (ESA)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee. 
  • Personal independence payment. (PIP)
  • Universal Credit.
  • Working tax credit.
  • Child benefit dependant on income dependants.

Free Central Heating for Pensioners

If you are a pensioner you may be eligible for a grant for central heating and you could be entitled for FREE grants under the Energy Company Obligation Scheme
(ECO). The grant will help you to upgrade or install measures to make your home more energy efficient. The conditions are that you own your own home, have
permission from your landlord if it is rented, receive certain benefits (see list below) and your home cannot be council owned.

The grants are available to assist pensioners by replacing outdated boilers and central heating systems offering them an opportunity to have these installed and reducing their heating bills. The grant can offer up to 100% funding for a new boiler and central heating system.

Pension Credit Savings

If you do not receive benefits but have high bills that eat at your household income you may qualify for a grant through the ECO Flex or LA Flex scheme. You can contact your local council and they may assist you by recommending you for a grant to install central heating.

Central Heating Grants for Businesses

Businesses under the criteria for SME’s may apply for a cash back grant of up to 75% up to £10,000 towards cost of central heating system and renewables plus another 30% cash back up to £10,000 for energy efficiency measures.

Benefits Accepted For Central Heating Grants

Listed below are the list of benefits that are accepted to qualify for a free central heating under the ECO 4 grant scheme:

What If I Don't Qualify For ECO 4 Grant?

There are other government grant scheme’s available in Scotland. Grants like the four listed below mean you can still benefit from a reduction on your bills or a grant towards the cost of energy efficiency products such as a new boiler.

  1. Help With Energy Bills.
  2. Warm Home Discount.
  3. Home Energy Scotland Grant and Loan.
  4. Private Rented Sector Landlord Loan.

Call To Apply For A Free Central Heating

The UK governments ECO 4 Energy or Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO) is the latest scheme introduced by the government providing funding for energy efficiency measures in homes across the UK. 

ECO 4 Grants are available providing funding for free boiler replacement, free central heating systems, free solar panels, free air source heat pumps, free storage heaters, free loft insulation, free underfloor insulation, free internal wall insulation, free external wall insulation, free cavity wall insulation and free room in roof insulation.

Call us at (Edinburgh) 0131 381 8533 | (Aberdeen) 01224 007 388 | (Glasgow) 0141 673 8740 to apply for your free boiler today.

Areas Of Scotland We Provide Free Boilers

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Home Renewables Scotland (Edinburgh)

Mitchell Street,

0131 381 8533 


Home Renewables Scotland (Aberdeen)

The Silver Fin Building,
AB11 6BD
01224 007 388

Home Renewables Scotland (Glasgow)

20-23 Woodside Place,


G3 7QL

0141 673 8740

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