Frequently asked questions
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Gas Central Heating
What heating systems are eligible to be replaced?
Does my household qualify for a grant?
I rent my home, can I access this funding?
Yes, private rented properties are eligible to receive support through Warmer Homes. You will require the consent of your landlord and depending on the current insulation levels in your home they may need to make a modest contribution towards the cost of installation.
Are there any other requirements?
How can it be ‘free’?
The Warmer Homes first-time central heating programme is fully funded by the Warm Homes Fund which has been established by National Grid and is administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions, and which supports projects tackling fuel poverty across Britain. This funding covers the full cost of the service to households: the survey, gas connection and gas meter (if required) and the central heating installation itself*.
Will I save money on my energy bills by switching from electric to gas heating?
Can I stay with my current energy supplier?
Yes! Most energy suppliers have dual fuel tariffs available, so you can stay with your current energy supplier and you’ll only receive one energy bill from your provider, rather than two bills from two separate suppliers. This can make your bills a lot easier to manage. The Warmer Homes team can arrange your gas meter for you, through our metering partner British Gas and you are free to switch away from them after your meter has been installed.
Can I still benefit from my supplier’s green tariffs?
A green energy tariff works by the supplier promising to match all or some of the electricity you use with renewable energy, which it then feeds back into the National Grid. For gas, suppliers typically offset the carbon from any gas you use on this tariff.
Why is Gas Central Heating being funded? I thought the UK government wants to become carbon neutral?
The government have set a “net carbon neutral” target by 2050, which would require a rapid move to electrification of heating across the UK. At the moment, the electricity network is not able to support this and installing or upgrading electric heating into poorly insulated homes could significantly increase heating bills. The gas networks are also working hard on several future green gas options, such as hydrogen and bio-methane.
I am happy with my electric heating, why should I switch to gas central heating?
Not only would switching to gas central heating save you over 50% on your heating bills, but central heating can be more easily controlled than a typical electric storage heater system. Unlike electric storage heaters, you don’t have to wait for your central heating to charge and you can have heat on demand, throughout the whole day.
Will having gas central heating make any health or respiratory issues worse?
Some articles suggest that having gas central heating can cause a dry throat or coughing, but there is little scientific evidence to prove this. You are more likely to create or worsen existing health issues by having a house that is too cold or even too hot. Gas central heating controls can keep your house at a constant temperature, by not letting the temperature get too low or too high, throughout the day and night. The government recommends you keep your house between 18-21°C. If your house is at a lower temperature, there is a higher risk of damp, mould and cold-related illnesses.
Can I apply for this if I don’t have any gas in my property?
Yes, the Warmer Homes team can arrange for a gas connection and a gas meter, if you don’t already have these and you are close enough to mains gas. Should a new gas connection be required, it will likely take around 10-12 weeks.
Who will be in contact with me?
How long should the process take?
Timescales will vary for each property, as the location of your property and results of the survey will affect the speed at which central heating can be installed. If you already have gas in your property, this process is quicker but if you do not currently have gas in your property, you will need to be connected to the mains gas network and have a gas meter installed, before your central heating system can be installed. This can take six month or longer.
Will there be much disruption?
The installation should take 1-2 days to complete, depending on the size of your property. You will not need to vacate the property during this time, and everything will be cleaned before the installers leave. If you have any concerns about noise or disruption, please speak with the installer during your survey, so they can discuss your concerns and put you at ease.
Can I decide where the radiators and boiler will go?
Will I be shown how to control my new heating system?
Yes, once you central heating system is installed, your central heating installer will show you how to use your controls, set timers etc. and will leave you with the instruction manual and their contact details, should there be an issue.
Who do I contact if I have any further question about gas central heating or the scheme?
We understand that you may have a lot of questions or concerns about getting a new heating system, we are here to help answers those questions.
What can this scheme fund?
The LAD programme has been set-up to provide funding for solid wall insulation and air-source heat pumps. Alongside these measures, any improvement which has a measurable improvement on the energy efficiency of a home can be considered as an additional measure, except for fossil fuel heating systems.
Do I qualify?
How can it be ‘free’?
The Local Authority Delivery Programme within Warmer Homes is funded by the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme which has been established by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to support projects improving the energy efficiency of homes across Britain. This funding covers the full cost of the service to households (up to £10,000): the survey and insulation installation as well as minor enabling work.
I don’t know my homes EPC rating/it doesn’t have an EPC
The Warmer Homes team can arrange for an EPC to be carried out at your property if required. If your EPC rating doesn’t qualify you for funding through the LAD programme, we may be able to direct you to another suitable scheme.
What happens after I apply?
Once we’ve received your application (either online or via our freephone number) we will carry out an assessment. We will verify your household income with a household declaration form and then assess your home’s EPC for suitable measures, including any you have identified/are interested in.
Can I choose my own installer?
Yes. Once the Warmer Homes team have confirmed your eligibility for the scheme and completed some initial feasibility checks you will be provided with a list of contractors in your area with the accreditations required to undertake the work that is of interest. You are able to select any of these installers to carry out a survey and then the installation, you are also free to select any other contractor with the requisite accreditations.
How does the funding work?
During your home survey, you will be issued a voucher which includes details of the work to be undertaken as well as confirming that you qualify for the available funding. You are then able to assign this voucher to an installer of your choosing to redeem upon completion of the installation. The voucher has no equivalent cash or monetary value.