Affordable Warmth Scheme8th of July, 2022
The Affordable Warmth Scheme is part of the Government’s ECO Scheme which was introduced in January 2013 to fight fuel poverty and to help reduce carbon emissions and the effects of climate change. First Time Central Heating Grants were introduced on 1st January 2020 for householders who live in home which have never had central heating fitted before. Central Heating Grants are still available under ECO4 which started on 1st April 2022 and is expected to run until March 2026.
The scheme also provides funding to replace broken electric storage heaters and broken central heating boilers for home owners who can’t afford to replace them.
Major changes to the ECO Scheme were introduced on 1st October 2018 with a widening of Affordable Warmth Scheme qualifying criteria and a more focused targeting of fuel poverty and this has continued into ECO4.
Changes to the Affordable Warmth Scheme introduced in October 2018 restrict grants to help replace broken boilers and broken electric storage heaters to owner occupiers. Private landlords are responsible to replace broken heating systems in their rental properties, under MEES Regulations.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, replacing an old, inefficient or faulty central heating boiler with a modern A rated boiler could reduce your energy bills by up to £350 per year, whilst providing peace of mind that you have an energy efficient boiler to keep your home warm.
Modern electric night storage heaters are much more energy efficient than previous versions. They are also better insulated so as not to lose the heat stored in them overnight. Both heat input and heat output are more controllable to ensure that you are not wasting energy, whilst your home stays warmer.