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THERE ARE A LOT OF FREEBIES ON OFFER FROM ENERGY PROVIDERS IF YOUR HOME QUALIFIES, FROM NEW BOILERS TO LOFT AND CAVITY WALL INSULATION
WHAT CAN YOU GET?
"Free stuff" – we're talking £1,000s worth – is a sexier phrase than "Energy Company Obligations (ECO) scheme", but they're the same thing. Generally, freebies are only for people who get tax credits and have an income of £16,010 or less, or those who are receiving certain benefits such as pension credit. Many big energy providers are giving away:
Free boilers new boiler typically costs £2,300, according to the Energy Saving Trust, so this is a fabulous freebie. If your boiler isn't inefficient, just broken, you may be offered a repair rather than a new boiler. The offer includes fitting, though there may be an extra cost if an engineer needs to carry out extra work – for example, if it needs moving or you need extra radiators. You should be told about this beforehand.
You won't be able to get a free boiler if you live in a housing association property or are a council tenant. Instead, this will be arranged through their own schemes.
The criteria are complex, so a quick way to check if you qualify is to call the Energy Saving Trust advice service and answer a few basic questions on 0300 123 1234 (England and Wales), 0800 1422 865 (Northern Ireland) or 0808 808 22 82 (Scotland).
Just call a provider for a free assessment. You're free to pick any energy company offering the deal – you don't need to be a customer.
All deals are ongoing, with no limit on the number of free installations.
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The Energy Saving Trust says boilers account for about 55% of what people spend each year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference. Depending on your boiler's age, a shiny new efficient one could save you up to £340/year.
It's likely new boilers are top of many homebuyers' wishlists, so this could boost your house price, too.
Cavity wall and loft insulation is worth around £700 and can slice about £300 off energy bills each year, and energy firms are offering them free to certain groups.
**Information taken from Martin Lewis Money saving newsletter.
OTHER WAYS TO CUT YOUR ENERGY BILL
Also ensure you're on the cheapest energy tariff and do the energy-
Consider fixing to beat price hikes
Despite recent cuts to gas prices from all the big six, energy prices are up overall. Locking in with a cheap fix is one way to avoid future price hikes, and cut costs now – especially if you're on a standard tariff.
Some providers, such as British Gas, give insulation away to suitable homes regardless of income, while some require you to be receiving certain benefits such as pension credit. See providers' eligibility criteria below.
You won't be able to get free cavity wall and loft insulation if you live in a housing association property or are a council tenant. The idea is they will arrange to do this for you though their own schemes.
A quick way to check if you qualify is to call the Energy Saving Trust and answer a few basic questions on 0300 123 1234 (England), 0800 512 012 (Wales) or 0808 808 22 82 (Scotland).
Just call a provider for a free assessment. You're free to pick any provider – you don't need to be a customer. Below is a list of the big six providers that offer free insulation.
The Energy Saving Trust reckons cavity insulation typically costs £400 to £500 to install (including building work), and can save an average three-
Will my house be suitable for cavity wall insulation?
I DON'T QUALIFY FOR FREE INSULATION, HOW CAN I GET IT CHEAPLY?
If you don't qualify for the schemes above, look for an installer on the National Insulation Association site. As a benchmark, the Energy Saving Trust reckons cavity insulation typically costs £450 to £500 to install, and loft insulation about £300.
The DIY route could work out cheaper for loft insulation at about £150. For more help, Homebuilding magazine has a handy step-
WHAT’S OFFERED BY EACH PROVIDER?
The British Gas offer is a £250 boiler, subject to survey and qualification. British Gas will confirm all details to you before any work takes place. See the eligibility checker online or call 0800 316 4320.
Fill out an application form online or call 0800 096 8634. See its eligibility criteria. If the boiler installation requires extra work, such as additional radiators, in some cases EDF may ask for a contribution to the costs. It will let you know beforehand.
Fill out an online enquiry form or call 0800 975 2844. See its eligibility criteria. SSE says installations are subject to a survey. If replacing your boiler won't save enough energy to help it meet its targets or there are technical problems, it may ask you to pay something towards the cost. If this happens, it's worth trying another provider instead.
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