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    • Former MSE Wendy
    • By Former MSE Wendy 31st Aug 07, 11:48 AM
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    Former MSE Wendy
    Grants available for homes improvements & energy efficiency
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    • 31st Aug 07, 11:48 AM
    Grants available for homes improvements & energy efficiency 31st Aug 07 at 11:48 AM

    This thread is to discuss Grant Grabbing for your home article

    To discuss or ask a question - click reply
    Last edited by Former MSE Rose; 09-06-2010 at 4:14 PM.
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    • happyhero
    • By happyhero 1st Sep 17, 12:47 PM
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    Hi I live in a 4 bedroom house and we have 3 kids. We bought our house when I was earning better money although we still just about manage now to afford the bills and stay put. Because the house is a fair size we had one of those boilers by Worcestor Bosch installed that stand on the floor and are about the same size as a washing machine. That was what they calculated we needed at the time back in 2000.

    We now qualify for a boiler grant but I have had 4 companies come out and assess and none will offer any boiler that size, they will offer only smaller popular sizes.

    I wanted Worcestor Bosch again but realised quite quickly I may need to compromise and except a different make or model. But the engineer each time, when asked, confirmed that the replacement would not be as powerful as our existing one which is a combi with a small storeage tank to give it the power it has.

    Some can supply Worcestor Bosch but not the right model. I want to go ahead and I am prepared to top up any grant. We could really do with the grant to allow us to manage the cost.

    I realise now its pointless to keep calling in any more companies only to get the same answers so I am thinking could I not get to the people above these companies and get them to give me a grant to put the right boiler in with me topping it up. The energy companies dont seem to have the power (pardon the pun) to deviate from the basic stuff for a particular case.

    I dont expect them to pay for it all we just want some help as we do qualify.

    Is there anyone to contact at the top so to speak, its not happening with the energy companies?
    • csgohan4
    • By csgohan4 11th Oct 17, 8:03 PM
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    Just called to cancel my parent's Boiler home care scheme and British gas wrongly informed me that the boiler grant scheme had ended a year ago and wanted to know if I wanted a new boiler from them.

    Be careful when speaking to British Gas, clearly if I was a naïve senior citizen, I would have been light a few thousand
    "It is prudent when shopping for something important, not to limit yourself to Pound land"
    • clairemp
    • By clairemp 29th Nov 17, 8:04 PM
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    Changes to Government boiler scheme
    Apologies if this isn't news to everyone else but it's been rather a surprise to me.

    As I'm a disabled single mum on a low income, we had a boiler installed over 10 years ago on the boiler grant scheme. They picked the boiler and supposedly got it working although in fact it never has worked properly and has leaked since the first annual inspection. We were told at the time that the scheme would replace the boiler after 7 years but that we - despite being on a low income, hence eligibility in the first place - would have to pay for annual servicing which we duly did although it's always been a struggle to find that money. This was, as far as I knew, a scheme designed to help low-income and vulnerable people to be able to heat their homes.

    The scheme has been changed several times over, meaning that I had to wait until it was over 10 years old to apply for a new one. In the last 2 years it's had repeated lengthy periods where it has not worked - even those paid to service it every year say it's packing up and looks as if it's never been serviced at all; it's no longer efficient, it repeatedly doesn't work.

    I therefore made an application to get a new boiler as soon as it was over 10 years old. However, they've changed the guidelines again apparently: if the boiler, no matter its age, that they installed was classed as over 85% efficient (despite deterioration over 10 years), the scheme will not replace it. It does not matter that it has lengthy periods when it doesn't work nor that it has never worked properly since they installed it on the scheme; it doesn't matter that boilers over 10 years old are by no means efficient or that they need replacing.

    It seems a ridiculous measure that a boiler should be efficient when new, not efficient now, 10 years later when they become less and less efficient. Quite aside to the cost to us for energy (and at the moment all of my Disability Living Allowances goes on gas and electricity), these boilers they installed don't work and start pumping out higher emissions the older they get.

    So, no new boiler. No heating going into another cold winter. High bills for very limited warmth.

    It does rather seem as if the grant scheme is simply cosmetic with the usual shenanigans underneath to avoid spending the money, no matter the circumstances it puts low income, vulnerable people in.
    • Furts
    • By Furts 30th Nov 17, 7:07 AM
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    I feel for your situation, and get a little frustrated when hearing about such matters. Cavity wall insulation was another scheme where something was offered "free" and ended up flawed. This was inevitable and it became a huge scam with dishonesty and greed. The Green Deal was another scheme which was a disaster ... and you are unhappy with your scheme.

    How much do you pay for the annual servicing and are you tied into the original installers and scheme here?
    • Jake Fitzgerald
    • By Jake Fitzgerald 12th Jan 18, 8:41 AM
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    Jake Fitzgerald
    Employed Home Owner - Grants to replace windows in home

    I wonder if anyone can help, I am a homeowner living with my partner and we both work, I keep getting adverts on facebook stating that there are grants available to replace windows over 5 years old in my home. I am careful with whom I share my personal information especially on facebook and when I click on the link it takes me to a site called 'help to buy windows' which asks for more information to be filled in to access the information, I am sceptical that this is just a misleading marketing ploy to get my information so that my info can be shared with window and doors companies who will advise that I do not qualify but will want to hassle me to quote for work.

    Can someone tell me if grants are available for homeowners who are employed for energy efficient windows please?
    Last edited by Jake Fitzgerald; 12-01-2018 at 8:54 AM.
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