What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?

What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) formerly known as the Clean Heat Grant opened in Spring 2022 and offers property owners grants to install heat pumps and biomass boilers in replacement of fossil fuel systems.

New grants of £5,000 are available to encourage homeowners to install more efficient, low carbon heating systems to replace their gas or oil fired boilers.

The grants in the Boiler Upgrade Scheme are designed to enable heat pumps to be no more expensive to buy and run than gas boilers.

Qualifying criteria for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme includes:

  • Applicants holding a valid EPC (Energy Performance Certificate, which measures the energy efficiency performance of a household)
  • No recommendations for Cavity wall or loft insulation on the EPC

The £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme is part of the Government’s plan for decarbonising heat and buildings.

However, replacement of fossil fuel systems will not be made mandatory as this transition will take place over the next 14 years, giving householders the option to make the switch now or much later.

How to apply:

The scheme is installer lead and most of the work is done through Ofgem, the application process includes:

  • Contacting a local installer who will make a BUS application on your behalf.
  • Ofgem then contacting you to get consent and work permission.
  • The installer will then liaise with Ofgem on most matters related to the scheme.
  • After that they will tell Ofgem when they’ve installed your heating system.
  • Finally the installer can claim the money from Ofgem at the end of the project.

The grant value should be deducted from your quote upfront and installers are responsible for passing on the discount that the BUS grant provides to you, the property owner.

You can read more through Ofgem's website.

YES Energy Solutions are not currently running the BUS scheme and everything stated above is purely for information purposes.

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