What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?

What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?

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

New grants of £5,000 will be available from April next year 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 recommendation’s 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.

Further details on how to apply are yet to be announced by the government.

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