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Could you benefit from a free boiler scheme?

Under the Governments ECO Scheme, qualifying home owners and private tenants could have their old in-efficient boilers replaced completely free of charge, or heavily subsidised. If you qualify, we will arrange for our local team to complete the installation. This service is free to use.

Free boiler schemes have benefited thousands of homes throughout the UK with lower bills, warmer homes and improved lifestyle.

  • UK Government scheme
  • 100% Free service
  • Save up to £340 on your gas bill
  • Application takes 2 minutes
  • Use own local installers
  • Benefits related

How much can you save with a new boiler?

This will depend on how old and inefficient your existing boiler is. Here are examples of what you could potentially save.

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Old boiler rating Detached Semi detached Mid terrace Bungalow Flat
G (<70%) £570 £340 £280 £290 £145
F (70-74%) £430 £255 £210 £215 £105
E (74-78%) £360 £215 £175 £180 £90
D (78-82%) £300 £175 £145 £145 £70

Boiler grants & Funding

Free, and heavily subsidised replacement gas boilers are available via ECO, a Government Scheme which has been set up to help low-income households access home energy efficiency improvements to reduce the cost of heating their homes, and to reduce their carbon footprint. If you meet the benefits related criteria, and your current boiler is over 8 years old (not condensing), you should qualify. It's as simple as that. Eligible benefits Eligibility for a free or heavily subsidised boiler grant will depend on several factors. Firstly, a permanent resident within the property needs to be in receipt of a means-tested benefit, such as those listed in the table below. Secondly, the home must be of a certain size to generate sufficient savings (LTS) from installing a replacement boiler. Unfortunately, the resulting carbon savings generated from upgrading a boiler within a flat are very unlikely not deemed significant enough to justify the boiler funding required to cover such work. Customer contributions can help towards the shortfall of installing a energy efficient boiler Finally, there must be an existing low-efficiency boiler within your home. All boilers are rated by their energy efficiency. Most modern units will work at around 90% efficiency (only losing 10% output when converting fuel to heat). A boiler installed around 10 years ago will most likely be around 65-80% efficient. So, by upgrading this old boiler to a new one, the carbon savings will be significant enough to warrant the cost and therefore may qualify under the free boiler scheme.

  • Child tax credits
  • Pension credit
  • Income support
  • Working tax credits
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Household Income less than £15,860 per annum

What happens next?

Step 1: Request a free assessment

Request a free assessment

Choose a time that best suits you, and a member of our team will come and give you a free assessment.

Step 2: Get a free survey & quote

Get a free survey & quote

We'll carry out a detailed assessment of your home and talk you through your boiler and heating options. Advise if you qualify for a free boiler or if a contribution is required.

Step 3: Installation begins

Installation begins

Your Engineer will fully explain how to use your new boiler and controls. Leave your home clean and tidy, and will arrange the disposal of all waste including the old boiler.

What type of boilers qualify?

If you have a boiler, the efficiency should be less than 86% which means it will be rated between C and G. Boilers over 5 years old typically fall within this range. Note that grants are not available to pay for the replacement of radiators only. If you do not have a boiler and your property is heated by other means such as open fires, gas/electric fires and electric heaters, you can also qualify for an ECO grant. Unfortunately, electric storage heaters and ducted warm air systems will not qualify to be replaced under the grant scheme Boiler criteria:

  • Existing Boiler rating from C to G
  • Boiler must be under 86% efficient
  • Boiler is more than 5 years old
  • Check PCDB Database if not sure
  • No Central Heating can also qualify
  • Property must have mains gas

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What if you don't qualify for a free boiler?

Even if you do not qualify for a grant, you could still have a brand new, A-rated condensing boiler installed from just £19.99 per month. Tempo has partnered with Barclays Finance to offer you flexible payment options with repayments being made over 2- 8 years. A deposit may not be required in some circumstances but paying one will help to reduce your monthly payments. Taking the loan out over a shorter period such as 3 years which will also reduce the overall amount paid back. Availability of boiler finance is subject to a credit check. Tempo can arrange for you to receive a free, no-obligation survey and from one of our team and can provide information and help with boiler/heating finance questions. You can also choose to pay for the work once it is completed, rather than using finance. A new Boiler typically costs £1,500 to £2,500 with full Central Heating systems costing more. Replacing an inefficient boiler can save up to £300 per year on heating bills. Installing a full Central Heating system in place of an inefficient system can save much more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Pay For A New Boiler?

Paying for a new boiler does not always mean lots of hassle straight up front, so you don’t have to worry. Boilers can be paid for directly, however we do also offer finance packages, allowing our customers to pay monthly over a period that bests suits their budget. You could be paying as little as £19.99 a month for a brand new A rated energy efficient boiler, dependable on the time in which you wish to be paying for. This rate is from £19.99 and does vary depending on the type of boiler you wish to acquire and the fuel type within your property already.

If you receive qualifying benefits, then you may be eligible for funding towards a new boiler through the Government, meaning you would be able to pay significantly less, or in some cases, nothing towards a new boiler.

To see if you are eligible then all you need to do is leave your details on our site for a member of our team to call you back, or alternatively, you could give us a call on 0800 152 2011 and we could go through the preliminary questions with you to check if you qualify.

How Can I Ensure The Boiler Fitters Are Safe?

Tempo are a well established and experienced organisation. We have had years of experience with supplying, installing and maintaining boilers throughout the UK and have all of the top and most relevant accreditation’s, including gas safe registration and training, leaving your safety in our hands.

How soon can you install a combi boiler

Tempo pride ourselves being as flexible as possible and we can install a replacement combi boiler in as quick as 24 hours after we complete your survey and you have paid a deposit for your new heating system.  If you have a specific date you want your replacement boiler installed, please speak to one of our customer service team and they will look to accommodate your request for your preferred install date.

Is it free for a surveyor to come and do the assessment and give me an accurate boiler quote?

Yes, it is free for you to make an appointment for one of our surveyors to visit your property. Once the surveyor is at your property and has completed your boiler or central heating survey you can either choose to go ahead with the provided quote or get back to us at a later date. Our surveyor will guide you through your boiler quote and talk through the options, for example having new radiators, TRV’s and heating controls.

What are free boiler grants

Free boiler grants are part of a wider government initiative which is called Energy Company Obligations (ECO).

ECO will help make saving energy more affordable, for the customers and areas that need it most, by potentially offering funding for insulation, better heating and energy saving measures.

What is ECO?

ECO is a new Government led energy saving scheme funded by energy suppliers. It aims to reduce the amount of energy homes in Britain use and waste, and also ease fuel poverty. Through the scheme we’ll be helping those who qualify become more energy efficient by providing funding for energy saving measures.

ECO is made up of three parts, all aimed at helping people in certain circumstances save more energy, and money;

  1. Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO)
  2. Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO)
  3. Carbon Savings Communities Obligation (CSCO)
    You could get help towards loft insulation or cavity wall insulation, or a replacement boiler if yours is broken or not working properly, and was installed before 2005. To be eligible, you’ll need to own your own home or rent privately from a landlord and claim certain income related be

Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO)

Also known as Affordable Warmth, this part of the scheme is designed to make heating your home more affordable. Energy saving measures available include cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, boiler replacements if your boiler is broken and new central heating systems. All of these could save you energy and money. To get the funding for these measures households will need to be on qualifying benefits and either own their home or rent privately

What’s the cost of a new boiler?

Your boiler may be the single most important item in your home, particularly around winter when you need to keep your home warm and the hot water flowing, so when it comes to maintaining your boiler or buying a boiler replacement, it’s essential to make sure you get it right.

Boiler Prices
Your boiler is at the heart of your home and is a complicated piece of technology.

As a result new boilers aren’t cheap and boiler prices vary greatly based on the different brands, sizes and types available, length of the boiler warranty and whether you require a gas, LPG or oil boiler. Typically new boiler prices range from close to £1650 all the way to £5,500, so it’s important to get all the facts before you decide to buy a replacement boiler.

However, it is worth noting that boiler installation costs and boiler replacement costs are often compensated by the savings you make thanks to your new, more energy efficient boiler. After all, it is estimated that roughly half of what you spend on energy every year is down to your boiler efficiency. You can find more information on costs and savings
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The cost of a new boiler will also depend if you are looking to move the boiler to a new location in the property. For example, moving a boiler from your kitchen and relocating it to a bathroom will require additional labour and material costs to cover the extra work.

What else can affect the cost of a new boiler? If you are wanting to upgrade your radiators and add thermostatic radiator valves will increase the cost, however you will gain from a more energy efficient heating system in your home and have better control on how you use your heating in your home.

Best boiler brands

Constant developments mean the boilers models that are available change fairly frequently. Keeping up can sometimes feel impossible and knowing what the best boiler brands are on the market can be a challenge.

Heating technology has come a long way in a relatively short space of time, none more so than with boilers. Here’s what you should be considering when buying a new boiler in 2015.

According to a Which? poll of nearly 3,000 boiler owners, Vaillant and Worcester Bosch are the most dependable brands on the market. Both manufacturers have been popular choices for a number of years, and were backed up by excellent customer satisfaction score of 83%.
Crucially, only 29% of Vaillant customers said that they had experienced problems with their boiler – the lowest score of any brand. Worcester scored 32%.
A brand to avoid, according to Which?, is Keston. An enormous 79% of the Keston owners said they had experienced problems with their boiler within four years of purchase; while just 47% thought they had made the right choice. Steer clear.
Elsewhere, well-known British brand Potterton faired well, scoring 73% for customer satisfaction, with only 38% of customers reporting teething problems.

At Tempo our boiler experts are always keeping a breast of the best boiler brands, ensuring our customers get value for money, reliability and the best energy efficient boilers on the market.

How to choose a boiler installer

For gas and LPG boilers, make sure to check the installer is Gas Safe registered. For oil boilers we would recommend that you use an OFTEC registered installer. You can find registered installers on Gas Safe Register and OFTEC. For your peace of mind Tempo are Gas Safe, OFTEC, HETAS and NICEIC registered installers.

  • Have a local office with local management, local accredited installers
  • Have been in business locally for several years and have a track record of installing boilers and heating systems
  • Have customer references that you can check.
  • Your registered installer will ensure that your system complies with Building Regulations, and will make sure you get all the documentation to prove this. Keep these documents safe; you will need them when you sell the property.

If you want trouble free performance from your boiler for many years to come, make sure that you choose a boiler and heating installer that you trust, will be here in years to come and if the worst was to happen and your boiler stops working are able to send a boiler expert to fix and repair it.

Is boiler efficiency important when choosing a boiler?

If you have gas central heating, your boiler will account for around 60% of your home’s CO2 emissions, according to the Energy Saving Trust. This makes your choice of boiler a key priority if you’re looking to cut your energy bills and carbon footprint.

Why are new boilers more efficient?

Modern boilers are more efficient for several reasons, but their main advantage is that they are all condensing boilers. All well-maintained boilers burn their fuel very efficiently, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a bigger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and is more efficient.

Sometimes the flue gases get so cool that the water vapour in the gas condenses out (hence the name). When this happens, even more energy is recovered from the condensing vapour, and the efficiency gets higher still.

 

Get the most out of your new boiler & save energy and money

When replacing your boiler Tempo highly recommend for you to get the best energy and financial savings by following our 5 simple tips

  • Insulate your walls
  • Insulate your loft
  • Draught proof your home
  • Get the best energy deal
  • Switch to led bulbs

Tempo can help make your home energy efficient, just ask one of our energy experts for help and advice.

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