You may be eligible if you:
- live in England or Wales
- own your property (whether this is a home or a small non-domestic property)
The property will need to have:
- a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation (unless you have an insulation exemption)
You can find and check your EPC certificate through the Gov.uk website.
If you do not have loft or cavity wall insulation, you may still be eligible for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme provided the required installation is fitted prior to installation. Your local installer should be able to inform you further of your homes’ specific eligibility.
New build properties and social housing are not currently eligible for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme with the exception of custom-build properties (such as if you are building your own home). Custom new builds do not require an EPC, but must principally be built with the labour and resources of the first owner and must be owned by an individual.
For your chosen low carbon technology to be eligible for the scheme, it must:
- be commissioned on or after 1st April 2022
- fully replace an existing fossil fuel system (such as oil, gas or direct electric)
- have an installation capacity of no more than 45kWth (this covers most homes)
- meet the full space heating and hot water demands of the property
If you are unsure whether your property has the installation capacity required to be eligible for the BUS, contact your local installer and they will be able to inform you further. Your installer will be able to advise you whether a low carbon heating system is suitable for your property, and which system is the most efficient for your needs. Any heat pump must have a seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) of at least 2.8
Unfortunately, conventional hybrid systems that use a fossil fuel source or solar thermal heating systems are not included in the eligibility for this scheme. However, if a hybrid system is installed with a heat pump and solar thermal, then this may be eligible providing the heat pump covers all of the heat and hot water requirements (as there is no specific funding for solar thermal systems themselves).
For further eligibility criteria and exceptions, please review the government legislation and speak to your local heat pump installer.