Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) is a government programme in England and Wales that supports low-carbon solutions in households and small non-domestic buildings


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The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) is a government programme in England and Wales that supports low-carbon solutions in households and small non-domestic buildings

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) is a government programme in England and Wales that supports low-carbon solutions in households and small non-domestic buildings. The programme will give funds to help property owners replace inefficient, high-carbon heating systems with more efficient, low-carbon heating systems such as air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, and, in some cases, biomass boilers. The scheme will be administered by Ofgem.

The BUS will provide funding to eligible low carbon heating systems that are installed on or after April 1, 2022. The term "commissioning" refers to the completion of the system's installation and setup.

Installers will be able to register an account with Ofgem for the plan beginning April 11, 2022. To apply for a voucher, you'll need to create an account.

The plan will be open for award applications and payments starting on May 23, 2022. The installer will submit the application on behalf of the property owner. What do the grants cover? The grants will assist property owners in covering the initial costs of installing low-carbon heating systems.

5,000 towards the cost of an air source heat pump and installation 5,000 towards the cost of a biomass boiler and its installation 6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump

Only biomass boilers in rural areas and houses not linked to the gas grid will be eligible for the subsidy. Heat pumps may be used both on and off the gas grid.

===The following are the primary requirements:

  • In England and Wales, homes and small non-domestic buildings will be eligible. The great majority of these sites are covered by a maximum installation capacity of 45kWth.
  • A valid energy performance certificate will be required, with no outstanding suggestions for loft or cavity wall insulation (unless you have an insulation exemption).
  • There will be no funding available to replace existing low-carbon heating systems. Only homes that completely replace an existing fossil fuel infrastructure (such as oil, gas, or direct electricity) will be eligible for financial assistance.
  • In most cases, new construction properties are not eligible. Only if you're building your own home is there an exemption.

How do I apply?

To begin, locate an MCS certified installation in your region who is capable of performing the service. The installer will let you know if your installation qualifies for a grant.

A quote for the project installation must be agreed upon. As with other home upgrades, you may want to seek quotations from various installers to make sure you're receiving the best deal. We anticipate that your installation will deduct the grant amount from the total cost you pay and mention this in their quotation.

The grant will be applied for on your behalf by your preferred installer. Ofgem will contact you and request your permission for the installer to apply on your behalf. Once the installation and commissioning are complete, the installer will redeem the coupon.

While you may start getting quotations right now, the heating system must be installed on or after April 1, 2022 to be eligible for the plan.