Free Oil & Solid Fuel Boiler Upgrades


Swap your oil or solid fuel boiler to an Air Source Heat Pump for free with ECO4

If you heat your home with an oil or solid fuel boiler, we could change your boiler to an environmentally friendly Air Source Heat Pump with Solar Panels to further reduce your bills for free

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Oil and Solid Fuel boiler replacement grants

The UK government are committed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As part of this commitment the replacement of Oil and Solid Fuel boilers under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) has been removed.

However, with increased funding, it is possible to get your oil or solid fuel boiler upgraded to an Air Source Heat Pump through the ECO4 scheme and receive solar panels to produce free electricity at the same time.

If you are currently heating your home using either Oil or Solid Fuel you may qualify for a grant provided that you, or someone in your household, receives one of the qualifying benefits listed below or is eligible through the ECO4 Flex scheme.

A whole house approach to energy efficiency

As part of the ECO4 scheme, we will upgrade the insulation in your home before installing your new boiler if your loft has less than 300mm (12 inches) of loft insulation, your roof or flat roofs are not insulated in line with the current building regulations, or you have a cavity wall that is not insulated.

This is because insulation helps to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, which can save you money on your energy bills. It also helps to reduce your carbon footprint, which is good for the environment.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the ECO4 scheme, please contact us to discuss your options. We will be happy to help you determine if you are eligible and to arrange for the insulation to be installed.


When you install insulation, you are reducing the amount of air that can circulate. This can lead to condensation forming, which can cause mould and damp patches to appear on ceilings.

To prevent this, we will bring your home’s ventilation up to the latest standards and install additional ventilation where required as part of the ECO4 grant.

Do I qualify for a free oil and solid fuel boiler upgrade grant?

Unlike the replacement of gas boilers, this scheme is open to homeowners and tenants.

To qualify for a free grant to upgrade your oil or solid fuel boiler to an Air Source Heat Pump you must be a in receipt of one of the benefits listed below.

  Child Benefit (conditions apply)
  Child Tax Credit
  Employment & Support Allowance
  Housing Benefit
  Income support
  Job Seekers Allowance
  Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  Pension Credit Savings Credit
  Universal Credit
  Working Tax Credit
  Warm Homes Discount

I’m not receiving one of these benefits, can I be helped?

Up to 50% of energy efficiency measures installed in England, Wales and Scotland can be completed through the ECO4 Flex scheme and is for households whose combined gross income is below £31,000 per year or if you have certain health conditions which would make you vulnerable to the cold.

The ECO4 Flex scheme is administered by Local Authorities who are responsible for rolling it out in your area and they will verify your income or health eligibility. It is rolling out slowly and is expected to be fully live by April 2023.

We will check as part of your application if your area is now open for applications.

Are there any other criteria?

As well as being in receipt of a qualifying benefit or qualify through the Flex route (more on that below), your home must also be in one of the lower energy efficiency bands as follows:

  • Owner Occupier: Your home must be in an EPC Band D, E, F or G
  • Rented Property: Your home must be in an EPC Band E, F, or G
  • Social Housing: Your home must be in an EPC Band E, F or G although there are some measures available if you are in a Band D property

I don’t know my EPC band

Don’t worry, if you don’t know your EPC band we can check it for you very quickly or you can visit the GOV.UK website which keeps a central register by clicking here.

If your home doesn’t have an EPC one will be completed as part of the application process for free.

I’m a Landlord, can I get any help?

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came in to effect in April 2018 and means that all rented properties must now have a minimum energy efficiency rating of band ‘E’ unless exempted.

However, from 2025, all properties rented on new tenancies must meet a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band ‘C’ and properties with existing tenants must be brought up to this standard by 2028. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to £30,000.

These changes are in line with the Government’s net zero emissions by 2050 targets and will also apply to properties which are being sold from 2035.

How can we help?

If your tenant is receiving one of the benefits listed above your property will be eligible for a grant to improve your property, including upgrading an oil or solid fuel boiler to an environmentally friendly Air Source Heat Pump along with solar panels to further increase the efficiency of your property.

In fact, the ECO4 scheme says that all Band ‘E’ rated properties must reach a minimum Band ‘C’ after installation of energy efficiency measures.

Applying for your grant is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Apply

Complete the online application form and we will contact you to check that you qualify for free insulation, heating upgrades or solar through either the ECO4 or ECO4 Flex scheme

2. Survey

Once we have confirmed that you qualify, we will arrange for one of our Retrofit Assessors to complete a free, no obligation survey which will provide you with an idea of how much energy you can save

3. Install

We will arrange the installation of your free home upgrades by one of our fully trained and accredited installers who will remove any waste and clear away any mess caused by the installation