Fuel Poverty is a major issue in the UK with an estimated 6 million households unable to heat their homes to stay warm and healthy. The UK Government has placed an obligation on the ‘big six’ energy companies to tackle the problem head on. The Affordable Warmth scheme is like a Government grant and provides funding for cavity wall and loft insulation as well as a ‘Government grant’ for replacement of boilers and some boiler repairs.
Do you qualify for assistance?
This form of ‘Government grant’ is focused directly at those most at risk. The target group include the elderly, families with young children and those that are disabled. If you are on a support benefit or have received Government Grants in the past to help heat your home then check below with our 60 second qualifier to see if you are eligible for these upgrades to your home
Does the ‘Government Grant’ get paid directly to me?
No, if you qualify our call centre will phone you to ask a few simple eligibility questions and arrange an assessor to visit your home at a time suitable for you. After the assessment is completed your new heating measures will be installed at no cost to you, everything is absolutely free! All payments are made directly to the assessors and installers. Although this is like a Government Grant the money is actually coming directly from a ‘pot’ of money that each of the ‘big six’ energy companies are holding to complete the project.
Government Grants: Killing Two Birds With One Stone
You’ve probably heard about how we’re all supposed to save energy and do our bit to fight global warming and reduce our carbon footprints, and so forth. However, on a nasty cold January day, you could well get a bit cynical about this. Save energy? Doing that anyway to keep the power bill to a reasonable size. And as for global warming, well, being a bit warmer could be a good thing? Shouldn’t the government be doing something about our health system? (And we all know what that’s like!)
In fact, the government has managed to do something that reduces pressure on the health system and reduces energy consumption at the same time. It is well known that damp, cold houses are unhealthy houses, and the people living in them are more prone to respiratory illnesses like coughs, colds, flus and even pneumonia. Ideally, the ambient air temperature in your home should be between 18°C and 20°C. Keeping a home warm and dry also reduces the growth of mildew and moulds, which also contribute to winter illnesses.
But we all know – and the government knows – that sometimes it’s hard to pay the power bills during winter. If you’re on a low income or if you’re on a benefit, turning the heater up a few degrees will make the power bill even bigger than it is. And when you hear talk about making your home more energy efficient by installing a new and more efficient boiler to power the radiators, or putting in loft insulation or wall cavity insulation, you’ve already written this off as being far too expensive. Besides, you live in rented accommodation and the landlord probably isn’t going to cough up for something as expensive as that, right?
This is why the government has set up the Energy Company Obligation project called the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation. This aims to reduce energy consumption and give the country warmer homes at the same time. This scheme provides government grants for those on low incomes or who receive certain benefits, allowing them to get a new boiler installed, or get loft or cavity insulation put in. These government grants are even available to those in rental accommodation, as long as the landlord approves (and most of them will – in many cases, they may not have to pay a penny).
Affordable Warmth is part of the Energy Company Obligation project and will help you through the process of applying for all the government grants you’re entitled to for installing a new, safe and energy-efficient boiler, as well as for insulation. Fill in our online application form today and find out what government grants you’re entitled to.