First time central heating

The first time central heating grant is under the governments ECO4 scheme. The First Time Central Heating Grants are available for the installation of central heating systems into homes which DO NOT have, and have NEVER previously had a central heating system.

The newly installed central heating system must be one that offers space heating via a boiler connected to radiators in order to be eligible for first-time central heating grants under the ECO Scheme. Grants for First-Time Central Heating systems only qualify to be installed in a residential space that has never had one before. 

Unless you qualify under the ECO Flex Rules, you must also receive one of the eligible State Benefits, Tax Credits, or Other Allowances; please see below.

Qualifying Criteria for First Time Central Heating Grant 

1. You must either own your home outright or be a tenant in a privately rented residence.

Homes must have an EPC rating of D, E, F, or G for homeowners to qualify for central heating grants. Some homes in the upper band D, nevertheless, won’t be eligible.

Homes must have an EPC rating of E, F, or G for private renters to qualify for central heating grants.

Householders who rent their home from a local council or a housing association, and those in shared ownership homes do not qualify for the first time central heating grants scheme.

2. Your home must either have no heating at all or one of the heating systems listed below;

  1. Electric room heaters, including direct acting room heaters, fan heaters or inefficient electric storage heaters
  2. Gas room heaters; including fixed mains gas room heaters
  3. Gas fire with back boiler
  4. Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler
  5. Mains gas warm air heating system
  6. Electric underfloor or ceiling heating (not part of an electric boiler)
  7. Bottled LPG room heating
  8. Solid fossil fuel room heaters
  9. Wood/biomass room heating
  10. Oil room heaters

The heating system listed as the “Main Heating” system on your home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is the one that is relevant for determining your eligibility for First Time Central Heating Grants.

You can access this on the central register by following the link below;


One of the significant differences between ECO3 (which concluded on 31/03/2022) and ECO4 (which began on 01/04/2022) is that in order to qualify for a First Time Central Heating grant to install a new mains gas central heating system, households had to have an existing mains gas supply prior to 31st March 2022.

You can be eligible for a First Time Central Heating grant to install an air source heat pump in your home if it didn’t have a mains gas supply as of March 31, 2022.

3. You must be eligible for the ECO Flex Rules or get at least one of the Qualifying Benefits.

Unless you fall under the ECO Flex Rules, you or a permanent household member must receive at least one of the State Benefits, Tax Credits, or Other Allowances listed below to be eligible for First Time Central Heating Grants:

  • Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit
  • Pension Credit – Savings Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Child Benefit (subject to maximum household income
  • Housing benefit

Local councils may recommend that a householder is eligible for a grant under the ECO Flex rules even if they do not receive one of the qualifying benefits.

There are four ways to meet the requirements of the ECO Flex rules, but your local authority must first authorize it:

  • Your household’s overall income is under £31,000
  • If any of the following apply AND your property has an EPC rating of E, F, or G, then:

A. Council tax rebate is given to you (other than a single person rebate);

B. A vulnerable person is a member of the household, and living in a cold home is leaving the exposed due to their vulnerability 

C. One of your family members is referred under a Local Authority-run programme that assists vulnerable and low-income households,

D. A household member is eligible for free school meals,

E. Your household has been identified as being in persistent financial trouble due to utility bill and mortgage payments, and Citizens Advice, your energy provider, or your mortgage lender has referred your household to the local authority for assistance.

  • 3. The NHS refers you to your local authority since living in a cold home could have a serious negative impact on you. Typically, respiratory issues, cardiovascular issues, mobility issues, or immune system suppression are present.
  • 4. This is a flexible option that enables Local Authorities to design their own programme to focus on a significant number of homes experiencing fuel poverty. In order for your local authority’s plans to be approved, they must be submitted to the government’s Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.

4. Your home needs to have good insulation.

Your property must have appropriate loft insulation installed and, if it has cavity walls, cavity wall insulation installed in order to qualify for First Time Central Heating Grants.

The person who installs your new central heating system may make arrangements for you if it does not already have one of these installed at the time of your application.

The following central heating systems are installed with the help of first-time central heating grants:

The following types of central heating boilers, along with radiators, pipes, and heating control systems, can all be installed with the help of first-time central heating grants.

  1. Mains Gas Boiler
  2. Biomass Boiler
  3. LPG Boiler
  4. Air Source Heat Pump
  5. Ground Source Heat Pump
  6. Electric Boiler

Storage Heater

Introduction to Smart Storage Heaters 

Electric room heaters are a common alternative to central heating powered by mains gas in the UK. ECOFIT UK has upgraded these systems for numerous landlords and house owners to improve performance and energy efficiency.

Our devoted teams of installers are passionate, skilled, and committed to bringing about change. We can ensure secure, trouble-free installation while enabling millions of households annually to make smarter energy decisions.

We primarily install Dimplex Quantum Electric Storage Heaters, creating tailored heat designs for each residence using calculations particular to the manufacturer. For people who qualify for ECO Funding, this service may be fully funded. 

Smart/Electric Storage Heaters are heating appliances that use thermostatic controls to release heat periodically during the day when on cheaper energy tariffs, they are also designed to store more heat in the evening hours. This helps you save money while also warming your house. You can save in excess of 25% on your heating expenses by using our innovative Smart Storage Heaters.

The Energy Company ECO Scheme (ECO)

The Energy Company’s Obligation scheme (ECO), an initiative run by the government and designed to help lower-income households, offers funding. The main objective is to lower your household’s energy usage and heating costs. Today, you might be eligible for FREE electric storage heaters.

The application is rather straightforward and won’t take up much of your time. There are no complicated terms and conditions, and there is no cost-recovery need. Thousands of customers have already benefited from our team’s qualified and committed energy saving experts’ assistance with the installation of electric storage heaters through the ECO programme.  Call us right away to benefit from this fantastic offer.

How Electric Storage Heaters operate

Storage heaters are wall-mounted, energy-efficient, and some of the newest types are really beautiful; they are similar to radiators in some tiny ways and may be the best solution for your home. Heat is captured and stored using electric storage heaters. They function by consuming little amounts of electricity throughout the evening and then releasing that heat many hours later. You may think of them as a storage device for heat containment.

An electric storage heater has the following advantages:

  • Very affordable and efficient
  • Possess a built-in thermostat that enables the release of heat as needed
  • Even fan-assisted versions are very quiet.
  • Compared to most electrical heating appliances, they consume less energy.

How much will installing electric storage heaters save me?

Electric storage heaters are typically designed for customers who are currently on a time-of-use electric tariff. If you’re on economy seven, your overnight electricity costs could be significantly lower. In order to provide warmth to their homes during the day, residents on these tariffs can use electric storage heaters at a discounted off-peak electricity cost. To find out if you qualify, give us a call right away if you have any questions about this.

To find out more about funding options and your eligibility, get in touch with our experts today. Complete our contact us form or call us on 0203 488 5321 or email us on info@admin


What is BUS?

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme, or BUS for short, is a one-time government subsidy that provides upfront grants of £5k for installing an air source heat pump (ASHP) or a biomass boiler and £6k for installing a ground source heat pump (GSHP). The programme will substitute the current Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) with a system based on vouchers. From 1 April 2022 until 31 March 2025, BUS will be in operation.

Through upfront incentives, the new BUS scheme hopes to persuade homes in England and Wales to transition to an ASHP, GSHP, or biomass boiler. With a ceiling of £150 million annually, a total of £450 million has been allotted. Over the following three years, the scheme will partially finance the installation of up to 90,000 renewable heat sources.

Eligibility Criteria 

As explained below, eligibility varies depending on the technology. Households do not require a whole-house retrofit assessment for the sake of transparency. Households must have an EPC (less than 10 years old) with no pending recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation in order to qualify for the current RHI programme.

N.B: Not having cavity wall or loft insulation does not preclude you from applying for the voucher; however, they must be installed prior to the installation during the voucher period.

The Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) & Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)

  • Must be replacing a direct electric heating system or a boiler using fossil fuels of any kind (such as storage heaters, electric panel radiators or an electric boiler).
  • Custom new construction is acceptable and exempt from an EPC.
  • The same exemptions that applied for the RHI also apply if you are on property that is listed or in a conservation area.


  • Only rural residences, that is, homes outside of areas with 10,000 or more inhabitants, are eligible.
  • Only dwellings that are off-grid are eligible; therefore, if you live in a remote region on mains gas, you will not be eligible.
  • For the biomass boiler, the necessary emissions certificate is required

Eligible technologies

  • ASHPs, GSHPs, and biomass boilers with MCS accreditation are acceptable.
  • The minimum efficiency for ASHPs and GSHPs in the home is 2.8 SCOP.

Excluded Heat Pumps

  • Hybrid systems that combine a heat pump with a gas or oil boiler are ineligible.
  • ‘Heat-only’ systems, in which a fossil fuel boiler supplies hot water and a heat pump or biomass boiler simply heats space. Immersions are allowed to defend against legionella and to top off the hot water. As long as the heat pump or biomass boiler is configured to cover the whole demand for space and water heating, solar thermal is also acceptable.

How does the voucher scheme work?

The two-stage voucher programme is entirely “installer-led,” which means the installer will submit the voucher application on your behalf and submit the claim for the refund at the conclusion of the work:

Stage 1: applying for a voucher

You must see an MCS-registered installer who will give you an estimate and help you submit the voucher application. The quote is necessary to provide you with a general notion of cost before continuing. The voucher application procedure will be led by a single installer, but you are encouraged to get multiple quotations. The installer will charge the lower amount after taking the value of the voucher into account; you will then pay the difference.

Stage 2: Redeeming the voucher

When everything is done, the MCS installer will provide documentation, including installation proof and technical documentation pertaining to installation, commissioning, and building eligibility. The installer will get a direct payment of the grant.