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Funding available in Lincolnshire

 

The Affordable Warmth Scheme

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The ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation provides funding from the six main energy companies to cover the full cost of installing certain heating and insulation products, such as a free boiler,  into the private properties of low-income households. It applies to homeowners and tenants who live in poorly heated and insulated homes and who receive certain state benefits. Specifically, it is targeted at low-income households, the elderly and the disabled. Parr Energy solutions can perform this installation for households in the Lincolnshire area. Call us on 01522 852445 to find out more!

There are three types of energy-saving improvement that you may be entitled to for FREE under the Affordable Warmth scheme. These are:

  •  A New Boiler

    Your boiler accounts for around 60% of your annual energy costs, so installing a new energy-efficient boiler could save you a lot of money.

  • Loft insulation

    Heat rises, so if your loft isn’t insulated, you could be losing up to a quarter of your heat through your roof. Better loft insulation will hold in more heat, saving you money.

  • Internal and external solid wall insulation

If your home was built before or around 1920, its external walls are likely to be solid rather than Cavity walls. Cavity walls are made of two layers with a small gap or cavity between them. This cavity acts as a barrier to reduce heat flow through the wall. Solid walls have no such gap and this allows more heat to pass through them than through cavity walls. External and Internal (Solid) wall insulation is an effective way to stop wasting energy and money at home. In winter, a well insulated house keeps warmth exactly where you need it‚ indoors.

Due to very high demand, we have decided to concentrate initially on the free installation of energy efficient central heating boilers,  loft insulation and solid wall insulation, which is covered under the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme. If you live in a private property and receive certain State Benefits we will arrange for a free technical survey of your heating system to establish whether you qualify for the installation of a new ‘A’ rated energy efficient central heating boiler to replace your existing inefficient and faulty central heating boiler……COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE!

You could be eligible for any or all of these upgrades , depending on your circumstances and your home give us a call on 01522 852445 to find out if you are eligible.

How much funding is available under the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

Under the Energy Companies Obligation energy suppliers will provide up to £1.3 billion per year to meet their Carbon Saving Obligation and Affordable Warmth Obligation.  The Carbon Saving Obligation will attract around 75% of the ECO funding, or about £975 million.  Most of this will be used to pay for things like solid wall insulation and other ‘hard to treat’ properties which would fail to meet the Green Deal’s Golden Rule criteria but some will be ring-fenced for the Carbon Saving Community Obligation.  All funding aimed at the Carbon Saving Obligations will be available for both private sector home and social housing.

The other 25% of the ECO funding, around £325 million, will be directed to the Affordable Warmth Obligation under which eligible householders in the private sector can apply for 100% grants to cover the cost of energy efficient home improvements which reduce their heating bills.  The most popular measures which fall into this category will include loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and the repair or replacement of inefficient and faulty central heating boilers.

When is funding available for a free boiler under the Affordable Warmth Scheme?

Now!  The Electricity and Gas (Energy Companies Obligation) Order 2012 was passed by Parliament in December 2012 and is scheduled to run initially until March 2015. The Energy Companies Obligation runs alongside the Government’s Green Deal Initiative with funding provided by the six main energy companies. The main objective of the Energy Companies Obligation is to provide funds for the installation of energy efficient home improvements, such as a free boiler, for low income households and in properties which are more difficult to heat.

Affordable Warmth Scheme Qualifying Criteria

The installation of fully funded energy efficient home improvements under the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme applies to homeowners living in private properties and includes tenants who have private landlords. If, as a tenant, you decide to apply for assistance under the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme then your landlord must consent. Similarly, if your landlord applies for funding then your consent is required. Householders living in social housing are not included in the Energy Companies Obligation but may be covered by other Government schemes.

To qualify for a free A rated, energy efficient central heating boiler, installed under the ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation you need to satisfy certain criteria as regards your home, your state benefits and the condition of your existing central heating boiler.

You must be:

• A home owner (you own your home outright or you have a mortgage) or

• A tenant in a privately owned property ( social housing tenants are not included in this scheme)

And you must be in receipt of either:

• State Pension Credit or

• Child Tax Credit (with your relevant income below £15,860)

OR, a combination of these benefits:

You must receive one of these:

• Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance • Income related Employment & Support Allowance • Income Support

Plus one from this list must apply:

• Disabled Child Premium • Parental responsibility for a child under 16 years of age, who live at the property • Parental responsibility for a child aged 16 or over but under 20, who lives at the property and is in full-time education (not in higher education, such as at a university) • Pension Premium (either Higher or Enhanced) • Child Tax Credit which includes a Disability or Severe Disability element • Disability Premium (either Higher or Enhanced) • Work Related Activity or Support Component (with Income Related Employment & Support Allowance only)

OR, a combination of:

• Working Tax Credit (relevant income below £15,860)

Plus one from this list must apply:

• Parental responsibility for a child under 16 who lives at the property • Parental responsibility for a child aged 16 or over but under 20, who lives at the property and is in full-time education (not in higher education, such as at a university) • Disabled Worker Element or Severe Disability Element • Aged 60 or over

Your Existing Central Heating System

Your existing central heating boiler must be classified as both inefficient and faulty to be repaired or replaced under the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme. And only the correct assessment of your existing central heating system by a Technical Surveyor can establish this.

For the purposes of the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme assessment, existing central heating boilers with an energy efficiency level of below 86% (the old band C and below) will qualify for a complete replacement, whilst those with an energy efficiency level of 86% and above will only qualify for repair.

Faults with your Existing Central Heating Boiler

Your existing central heating system must also have developed one of the following faults for it to qualify for the free installation of a new energy efficient ‘A’ rated central heating boiler: –

• The burner does not light • The burner lights but there are still problems with the boiler • The boiler operates but then over heats causing it to shut down • The burner flame is yellow • The boiler makes banging sounds or is noisy • The boiler has a gas or water leak • The boiler is corroded • Other faults with your central heating boiler or the condition of your heating system may also qualify. The Technical Surveyor will report the condition and an officer involved with the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme will make a decision.

Benefits for the Householder under the Affordable Warmth Scheme

You get an ‘A’ Rated energy efficient central heating boiler, installed free of charge

The obvious benefit for the householder is that you get a brand new free boiler to replace your old inefficient, faulty one….without having to pay a single penny.   Under the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme you will not need to contribute anything at all to the cost of the boiler or its installation. This is also of benefit to a landlord who gets his or her property upgraded with a free boiler or free insulation.

A new central heating boiler should not require the same level of maintenance in its early years as your old boiler would have done, so you should also save the cost of an engineer’s visit to carry out any potential repairs to your old boiler. And the new central heating boiler will also come with a new guarantee. In addition, the new energy efficient central heating boiler should add value to your home and help when you come to sell it.

Lower heating bills

Replacing an old inefficient and faulty ‘G’ rated central heating boiler for a new energy efficient ‘A’ rated central heating boiler can save you up to 35% on your heating bills. Based on a typical three bedroom house, this can be over £300 per year.

Who can install energy efficient products under Affordable Warmth Scheme?

Only those accredited installation companies like Parr Energy Solutions who have been approved under the ECO system and who have organised funding from one of the six major energy suppliers are permitted to supply and install energy efficient home improvements, such as a free boiler, funded by the ECO.

 

Green Deal Funding

The Green Deal is a new, government-backed initiative which helps meet the upfront cost of making energy saving improvements to your home.

The idea is simple; install new green technology into your property with no up front costs. You then pay back the costs through your energy bill over a period of time. This is unlike a conventional loan because if you move out of the property the bill stays with the property where the savings are occurring and not with the bill payer.

As the ‘Golden Rule’ means the expected energy savings must be greater than the cost of the improvements, you should save energy and money, as well as doing your bit for the environment.

The Government is also offering ‘Cashback’ to any householder, landlord, or those in social housing who make energy saving improvements under the Green Deal after 28th January 2013.

The Green Deal Cashback Scheme is a first-come, first-served offer where householders can claim cash back from Government on energy saving improvements like insulation, front doors, windows and boilers. Packages could be worth more than £1,000 – the more you do, the more money you get. The initial rates have been published and remain fixed until the first £40 million has been spent. They will then be reviewed, and are likely to be reduced, so apply early to get the best deal!

Up to £125m has been earmarked for the Cashback Scheme.  The rates below are guaranteed for the first £40m after which they are likely to reduce.  Act early to get the best rates.

Qualifying Energy Efficiency Measure Cashback Level
Loft insulation (incl. top up) £100
Cavity wall insulation £250
Solid wall insulation* £650
Flat roof insulation £390
Room in roof insulation £220
Floor insulation £150
Hot water cylinder insulation (incl. top up)** £10
Draught proofing £50
Heating controls (roomstat and/or programmer and time/temperature zone controls)** £70
Condensing oil boiler from non-condensing oil heating or other*** £310
Upgrade boiler to condensing gas boiler from non-condensing boiler or other £270
Flue gas heat recovery (condensing combi boiler) only alongside replacement boiler £90
New or replacement storage heaters £150
Replacement warm-air unit £320
Waste water heat recovery systems £60
Double/triple glazing (old single to A) £20 per m2 up to a maximum of £320
High performance replacement doors £40
Secondary glazing £15 per m2 up to a maximum of £230

Loft insulation (including top up) and insulating cavity walls (where appropriate) are important, basic energy saving measures. So where a Green Deal assessment recommends these alongside other improvements, householders will only be able to get the Cashback if they do these too.

Further conditions of Cashback

* A minimum of 50% of external walls must be insulated to qualify for a Cashback on solid wall insulation.

** Cannot be claimed at same time as boiler replacement (as this is a regulatory requirement).

*** Householders should consider their renewable heat options, as they could get a higher payment under Renewable Heat Premium Payment now, for certain measures.

As a Green Deal Installer we will help you calculate what is available to you, the repayments and interest depending on what improvements you make to your home. The repayments you make will be offset by the energy you save however this is dependent on your energy usage and future energy costs. We will ensure the improvements identified meet the Golden Rule: the payments made for the improvements cannot be higher than the estimated energy bill savings they will make.

 

The scheme lets you pay for some or all of the improvements over time through your electricity bill and repayments will be no more than what you should save in energy costs. It is available to all households in the UK whether you are a homeowner, a social housing tenant or renting privately, (although you will need your Landlords permission for any work to be carried out), and business owners. For a no obligation assessment please call 01522 852 445