£450m boiler upgrade scheme open

The UK Government's three-year Boiler Upgrade Scheme opened on 1 April, offering grants of up to £6,000 to property owners in England and Wales towards the cost of low carbon heating systems.

Running alongside the new zero per cent VAT rate on selected energy efficiency materials and grants available to low-income households through some local authorities, this scheme is intended to increase the uptake and will run until 2025.

However, with typical costs for an air source heat pump estimated at £7,000 to £13,000, this is not a cheap option for most even with the grants available. As living costs spiral upwards, many homeowners and landlords are likely to need a bigger incentive to go for a greener option. Plus, with UK housing stock lagging behind most of Europe in energy efficiency, much more is needed.

Grant eligibility

The scheme is available to homeowners with a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation and is not normally available for new build properties (except self-builds). Once an approved installer is engaged to carry out the installation, they apply for the grant, and it is discounted from the price paid. 

06 Dec 2021
Energy efficiency: preparing the private rented sector for the future

Governments across the UK are consulting on implementing new energy efficiency standards for private rented property. Propertymark wants to see more energy–efficient homes, but new rules and requirements must be realistic and achievable.

Pockets of funding are starting to emerge but are a drop in the ocean compared to what is needed. The property sector needs a national retrofitting programme that's linked to realistic and achievable targets and dedicated, long-term grants that consider the age, condition, and size of properties.

Unless landlords and homeowners are given sustained financial incentives, it is unlikely any real progress will be made in helping them to cut carbon emissions and reduce energy bills.

Timothy Douglas Head of Policy and Campaigns | Propertymark