Funding for first-time central heating
Full funding is available to install first-time central heating systems and gas network connections for eligible households through the National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund scheme.
Warmer Homes Herefordshire
If you are living in a property without central heating, you may be eligible to have one installed free of charge as part of the Warm Homes Fund. This funding, administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions CIC and awarded to Herefordshire Council is delivered with the support of E.ON.
In the vast majority of cases, heating your property with a central heating system is the most efficient way to keep your home warm, your family healthy and your energy bills low. While these systems are usually cheaper to run than alternatives (such as electric), they can be very expensive to install.
With Warmer Homes Herefordshire we may be able to install a central heating system in your home free of charge; supporting you throughout the process and helping you get the most out of your new heating system when it is in place. For properties not on the gas network, there may also be funding available to provide your home with a new gas connection.
How do I apply?
The application process couldn’t be easier – simply fill out the form above and wait to receive a call back. The advisor will ask you a few questions about your property and personal circumstances to check if you are eligible for the scheme. The information you provide will complete your application form, so when it arrives in the post you can just check it’s all accurate, sign the back and pop it back in the freepost envelope along with any documents required as proof of eligibility.
Who is eligible?
We have a range of eligibility criteria based on personal circumstances and property. This includes if you are in receipt of certain means-tested benefits, or if you have a low income. If you are struggling to pay your bills or keep your home warm in winter, and don’t currently have a wet central heating system, there is a strong chance that you will be eligible. Please don’t assume that you won’t be eligible. Give us a call on 0800 677 1432 today, and our advisors will be able to help you based on your personal circumstances.
What happens next?
We will pass your contact details over to our partner installers who will aim to be in touch will you as soon as possible. They may need some information from you such as proof of ownership, landlord permission and/or benefits details. Once they have everything they need from you they will arrange a survey.
During the survey they will be able to answer any questions you have about the install, for example where the boiler and radiators will go. A few days after the survey, the installer will send us the information for our approval. At this point, as long as we have received your application form back and everything we need from the installer, we will give the go ahead for the work. They will contact you to arrange an install date which is convenient to you.
How much disruption will having central heating installed cause?
The install generally takes 2-3 working days to complete, although this can vary depending on the size of your property. You should expect some disruption and in some cases you may need to be prepared for some minor redecoration around the radiators.
I am a private tenant – can I apply for a system?
Yes the funding is available for both home owners and tenants. We will require permission from your landlord before any work takes place. Please have your landlord’s contact information with you when you call us.
I am a landlord, can I apply for a system for my let property?
To be eligible for funding you must live at the property. If you rent your property out, your tenant needs to contact us and the application will be in their name. The eligibility criteria are based on the tenants’ personal circumstances and a financial contribution from you as the landlord will be required to offset the cost of the installation. The amount of any landlord contribution will be determined before the work commences, and will depend on the type of property and heating system being installed.
I am a council tenant, can I apply for a system?
Each local authority or housing association has a different development schedule for council properties. If you are a council tenant, call us today to assess your eligibility and register your interest in free central heating. We regularly meet with our partners at Herefordshire Council, and by registering your interest with us, we can pass that on to the relevant departments at the council. In the meantime, we can give you advice on how to reduce your bills and increase your comfort at home, based on what you have already.
What if I am in a remote or rural location?
Some homes don’t have central heating installed because they are too far from a gas main to have standard gas central heating fitted. With the Warm Homes Fund scheme, this needn’t be a barrier to taking advantage of this opportunity. Instead of completing the application form, give us a call on 0800 677 1432. Our team will work with you to identify the most suitable system for you and your home.
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0800 677 1432
Our advice line is open from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm