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Boiler Upgrade Scheme Update

Published 4th April 2022

 

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If you remember the Green Homes Grant back in 2020, the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) will operate in a very similar way. You’ll need quotes from several MSC certified installers for your low carbon heating system - this is so you can compare quotes and ensure you’re getting the best offer for your money. The installer will be able to check that the system you are after is eligible for the grant, if it is then the installer will apply for the grant on the property owners behalf, which will be deducted from the cost.    

The scheme will run from April 2022 until 2025.

 

Who’s eligible for funding?

You could be eligible if you fall into the below criteria:

  • Resident in England or Wales

  • Own a home or small non-domestic property

  • An installation capacity of up to 45kWth (most homes should have this)

  • A valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with no outstanding recommendations

 

What isn’t covered by the BUS?

There is the exception of new builds - these will not be eligible unless you’re building your own home. The installer will advise if a property is suitable for a low carbon heating system.

If you already have a low carbon heating system, and are looking to replace it, you will not be eligible for funding to upgrade it.

 

Am I still eligible if I’m claiming for another grant?

Yes, if you’ve received funding for energy efficient insulation, doors and window upgrades, you can still apply for the BUS.

 

Below is the proposed timeline that the government published in March:

  • 1st April 2022
  • 11th April 2022
  • 23rd May 2022

How much funding will I get?

You can receive £5000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump or biomass boiler, or £6000 off a ground source heat pump.  

But do note that you will only be eligible for a biomass boiler if you live in a rural location that isn’t connected to the gas grid. 

 

If you need more help and advice about the BUS you can visit the government website for more information.

If you are looking for more information about low carbon heating systems you can contact your local specialist Plumbing & Heating branch for advice about heat pumps.