A large energy company has offered a boiler installation worth £2,500 to people on low incomes to help them manage their energy bills more easily.
The scheme, offered as part of E.ON’s Affordable Warmth Scheme, offers the free standard boiler to people on a low income that are in receipt of certain benefits and are currently dealing with a broken or faulty boiler.
The criteria for which benefits qualify is somewhat specific but includes:
- Universal Credit,
- Other forms of income support for unemployed and low-paid staff, such as the Employment And Support Allowance and Jobseeker’s Allowance.
- Carer’s Allowance,
- Disability Living Allowance, Severe Disablement Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and other disability-related benefits
- Several Armed Forces benefits, including the Armed Forces Independent Payment and War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement.
E.ON has noted that people do not need to be an existing customer of theirs to be eligible for the support, as it is part of a government scheme to help improve the energy efficiency of homes for people who are on low incomes.
It is also separate from a similar scheme known as the Green Homes Grant, which covered up to two-thirds of the cost of heating improvements that helped to boost the energy efficiency of a home or convert to a low carbon heating method.
This can include some forms of boilers, such as those which use biomass, as well as heat pumps that convert ambient heat in the air or from a ground source into heat to warm a home.
Once the Affordable Warmth boiler is applied for, E.ON will undertake a home survey to help identify areas where energy can be saved. Some of these works may not be covered under the scheme and the homeowner may have to pay part of the cost if they wish to go through with them.