Positive Changes in the Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The UK's Boiler Upgrade Scheme has been updated to simplify the application process and offer expanded options, heralding positive changes for homeowners and the environment. Here's what's new:

Key Changes:

  1. Streamlined EPC Requirement: While retaining the need for a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) generated in the last 10 years, the requirement for no outstanding recommendations for loft and cavity wall insulation on the EPC has been removed.
  1. Future-Proofing Grants: The regulations have been future-proofed by differentiating grant levels for properties off the gas grid and self-build properties. Additionally, a grant uplift of £7,500 has recently been introduced for all eligible properties.
  2. Expansion of Eligible Boilers: Biomass boilers with an integrated cooking function are now newly eligible for support, broadening the range of efficient heating solutions available.

What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme provides grants to encourage property owners to replace existing fossil fuel heating with more efficient, low carbon heating systems including air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and, in limited circumstances, biomass boilers. You can get:

  • £7,500 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
  • £7,500 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump
  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler

These grants help property owners overcome the upfront cost of installing a low carbon heating system.”