Energy giant offers free £2,500 boiler upgrades for people on lowest incomes

Published date22 January 2022
Publication titleLiverpool Echo: Web Edition Articles (England)
The move comes as households grapple with spiralling energy bills, under an Affordable Warmth scheme, reports The Mirror

As energy prices are set to increase hugely in April of this year, E.ON have said those who qualify under the Affordable Warmth criteria will get a new boiler, without any charges.

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The scheme applies if you’re on a low income and your current boiler is faulty or broken.

Under normal circumstances, homes that qualify would have to pay a £395 contribution, however this charge has been waived until midnight on Sunday, January 30.

To qualify homeowners must be in receipt of certain benefits or live with someone who claims state support.

On average, the Energy Savings Trust estimates a typical gas boiler replacement to cost £2,500.

You do not need to be an E.ON or E.ON Next customer to ask for help – you can apply online here.

This offer will be subject to a home survey and if there any additional works needed, the homeowner may be required to pay a contribution.

Affordable Warmth is a government scheme aimed at encouraging people on low incomes to improve the energy efficiency of their homes by offering free or partially funded energy improvements, for example cavity wall and loft insulation or replacement energy efficient boilers.

It is separate to the government's Green Homes Grant -a £2billion scheme, launched to help homeowners pay for energy saving improvements for their homes by installing measures such as wall insulation, solar panels and air source heat pumps. The grant is available via your local authority.

Who qualifies for the scheme

You could qualify for funding if you own your home, and you or someone living at the property receives one of the following benefits and has an income below one of these limits.

Pension Credit Guarantee Credit Element Income-related employment and support allowance ESA Income-based jobseeker’s allowance JSA Income support Working and Child Tax Credits Universal Credit Armed forces independent payment Attendance allowance Carer's allowance Disability Living Allowance DLA Severe Disablement Allowance War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Personal Independence Payment Constant Attendance Allowance Child benefits

The saving does not interfere with the Winter Fuel Payment, Warm Homes Discount or Cold Weather Payments.

If you’re on a low income, are considered vulnerable...

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