Heating & Boiler grant FAQ’s

Do I need a survey?

Yes. ECO grant measures require a survey. There is no charge for the survey and they usually only take about 30 minutes.

I live in a flat, am I still eligible?

Depending on the circumstances you should be eligible.

I rent my home, can I get a grant?

Usually yes. Most tenants are able to receive utility funded grants so long as they have the landlord’s permission. Tenants of housing association and council properties are not usually able to apply for the grants as these are covered by other schemes.

Are the grants available in Northern Ireland?

No. The ECO grants are only available in England, Scotland and Wales. Similar schemes are offered in Northern Ireland by the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme.

Why do the energy companies provide this?

The big 6 energy companies are obliged by the Government to make UK homes more efficient by offering grants and incentives to households. If they fail to meet these targets they receive hefty fines.

Do I need to contact my current utility provider?

No. Different energy companies offer different schemes to different locations and to complicate things further they change as targets are assessed. There is no incentive for energy suppliers to help their existing customers, they are just required to offer funding.

Are there any extra costs?

There may be depending on the property and your circumstances. Your local assessor will advise the current level of grant funding available in your area.

How long does it take?

The initial enquiry usually takes up to a week for a surveyor to contact you and make an appointment. From there the whole process usually takes about two weeks for the measures to be installed.