FTCH Grants – First Time Central Heating

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Never had a central heating system in your home? How about a new combi boiler and compact radiators?


As part of the Government’s ECO3 Grant Scheme/ Affordable Warmth Scheme, within a few weeks you could have an up-to-date, highly efficient heating system consisting of a new boiler and controls.

PLEASE NOTE: The amount of your grant is based upon a scoring system known as ‘Deemed Scores’. A number of indicators including but not limited to i) the type of property you reside in e.g. detached, semi-detached, terrace etc., ii) how many bedrooms it has iii) wall type i.e. cavity or solid plus other factors are used in the calculation. In most cases the grant will not cover the total cost of installing a new boiler and a contribution is required.

ECO3 – Makes this possible

Set up by the Government in 2013 with the aim to make UK homes more energy efficient by installing dual energy saving measures, The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) directive means that the main energy suppliers; British Gas, SSE, EDF, E-on Next and alike, are obligated to invest in these measures for householders who qualify under the ‘affordable warmth’ bracket and are in receipt of certain benefits.

ECO3 is the third round of this Government Grant aided scheme.

Qualifying Criteria for First Time Central Heating Grants:

  1. FTCH – for homes that have never had central heating before

Homeowner – Completely eligible.
PRS (Private Rented Sector) – any EPC rating – this can be from a company or a person.
Social  Housing– EPC ratings E,F,G only – applicant needs to be on the social company checker and the property rented at a price in the lower quartile for the area.

  1. Your home must have either no heating at all or one of the following heating systems:

For the PMHS (Pre Main Heating Source) – the official definition from Ofgem is ‘any property without a wet heating system’ – a general rule of thumb is anything without radiators but in all instances a survey will be carried out.

  1. Electric room heaters, including direct acting room heaters, fan heaters or inefficient electric storage heaters
  2. Gas room heaters; including fixed mains gas room heaters; or
  3. Gas fire with back boiler; or
  4. Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler
  5. Electric underfloor or ceiling heating (not part of an electric boiler); or
  6. Bottled LPG room heating; or
  7. Solid fossil fuel room heaters; or
  8. Wood/biomass room heating; or
  9. Oil room heaters

The relevant heating system used to assess your eligibility for First Time Central Heating Grants is that which appears as the ‘Main Heating’ system on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your home. Checks and a survey are carried for confirmation purposes.

  1. Your home must be well insulated

To qualify for First Time Central Heating Grants your home must have adequate loft insulation installed and if it has cavity walls, it must have cavity wall insulation installed.
If it does not have either of these installed at the time of your application, the installer of your new central heating system may arrange it for you.

Please note –  all FTCH measures regardless of tenure require a PRE EPC (Energy Performance Certificate)

Benefits Criteria

The best way to see if you qualify is to click on the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of the page and spend no more than a few seconds answering the questions.

From the answers you provide we will be able to confirm whether or not you qualify.

However, if you prefer an at-a-glance idea of the qualifying benefits then here are the majority of them and they are applicable whether you are the homeowner or tenant;

  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Income Related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Child Benefit – This also enables qualification subject to thresholds being met (please see ECO 3 Child Benefit Self Declaration .pdf at bottom of this page)

So you Qualify for the Grant – Next Steps

Upon qualifying for the grant, we will arrange a free survey to identify the energy efficiency of the property.

From here we will arrange a mutually convenient time for the installation to take place.

We will clarify the boiler manufacturer and model that you qualify for but please note that in the event of you wishing to upgrade to another, a contribution may be required and this would need to be paid prior to works commencing.

Most installations are completed within 2 days and we will explain what is involved and answer any questions you may have.

Gas Installers Required

Due to increased workload throughout the UK we require additional qualified and Gas Safe Registered installers. We pay excellent rates for combi & conversion installations

In addition we offer reimbursements for; Fuel (travel over certain distances/timescales), Vertical Flue’s installed, TRV’s installed & Soak Aways.

We also require Underfloor Insulation Installers preferably with ECO Dual Measures Experience, Excellent Joinery and/or Floor Fitting Skills, Quality Workmanship, Customer Care Skills and Willingness to Travel. Great rates of pay and continuous work.

If you’re interested and would like to know more, in the first instance please email your gas qualifications/credentials/experience together with contact details to us below.

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