Homeowners May Be Eligible For Government Heating Grants

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In the current post-recession economic climate, many homeowners are continually looking for ways to reduce their household expenditure.

For some homeowners, the UK government offers a range of grants and subsidies to supplement household heating costs.

A boiler is one of the most energy intensive household appliances and optimising its performance can reduce the household heating bill.

There are a number of steps a homeowner can take to optimise their boiler’s performance. The most effective step is to ensure that their household condensing boiler has a SEDBUK rating of A or B. This rating system, which stands for ‘seasonal efficiency of domestic boilers in the UK’, was introduced by the UK’s Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme and rates a boiler according to its energy efficiency. A condensing boiler with an A rating can reduce household energy bills by up to £235, with a potential reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of up to 1,260 kg/year.

For some homeowners, the UK government offers a range of grants and subsidies to supplement household heating costs. The Home Energy Saving Programme is available to all low-income and pensioner households and provides free loft and cavity insulation. UK residents over the age of 60 are also eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment, which is a tax-free benefit they can use toward reducing their winter heating bills.

Additionally, the Warm Front England scheme can pay for loft insulation, draught proofing, gas room heaters with thermostat controls, gas, electric or oil central heating for eligible applicants. Similar programmes operate in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

While these grants can offer financial relief to households, they do not forgo the need for regular boiler service and repair. Ensuring that a boiler is regularly serviced by a certified boiler maintenance specialist will keep it operating optimally and also help reduce household heating costs.

To schedule a boiler service, contact Baxi’s qualified service division, heatem, today.

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