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sammyj84
sammyj84 Posts: 63 Forumite
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edited 21 November 2022 at 3:57PM in Energy
Hello, 

I hope this is in the correct place. 

EDITED TO ADD: I've since found out the boiler was installed in 2000, making the boiler about 22/23 years old! 

I have brought my council maisonette, and the boiler is over well over 12 years old, windows really old (double glazed but very old) 

I would like to get it more energy efficient and was wondering if there are any schemes out there to help me with replacing either the boiler or windows? 

I do work, just had my first baby, and live in the west Midlands.

Thank you
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  • macman
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    Make and model? At 12 years old, it'll be a condensing boiler, so relatively efficient if serviced properly. 
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  • BUFF
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    edited 17 November 2022 at 12:41PM
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    It's unlikely but some local schemes may exist - some people on here recently have received free fabric upgrades via local schemes. Check with your local council or Citizen's Advice Bureau.
    Also check https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/free-cavity-loft-insulation/ - it covers boilers etc. as well as insulation
  • diystarter7
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    Hi OP

    Coucils have different schemes, and different criteria and often related to income, or lack of it ie usually if one is on benefits and or working, low wages and benefits. The council will know if there is anything going

    So call the council and see what they say.
    Also read the link below re boiler help for some but call the coucil first.

    https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/boilers/article/buying-a-new-boiler/boiler-grants-can-i-get-a-!!!!!!-a1OOC7R27kYS


  • FreeBear
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    edited 17 November 2022 at 1:06PM
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    diystarter7 said: Coucils have different schemes, and different criteria and often related to income, or lack of it ie usually if one is on benefits and or working, low wages and benefits. The council will know if there is anything going

    So call the council and see what they say.
    Also read the link below re boiler help for some but call the coucil first.

    https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/boilers/article/buying-a-new-boiler/boiler-grants-can-i-get-a-!!!!!!-a1OOC7R27kYS
    Your link got totally mangled by the MSE rude word filter.... https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/boilers/article/buying-a-new-boiler/boiler-grants-can-i-get-a-!!!!!!-a1OOC7R27kYS or the same link through a !!!!!! redirect - https://!!!!!!.com/3k5u3wbu
    NUTZ.... I get clobbered too.... Go to https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/boilers/article/buying-a-new-boiler and follow the links on the right hand side of the page.

    Most local councils will have some Warm Homes funding available, but the money is limited so they are being very selective about who actually gets support. Most (all ?) of the free boiler schemes appear to have dried up, and I doubt you'll get any help to upgrade your windows. I'd suggest raising the subject with the freeholder as windows may well fall within their responsibility.




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  • diystarter7
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    @FreeBear

    Many thanks, dear fellow poster, appreciated :)
  • sammyj84
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    Thank you for the replies 
  • sammyj84
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    I have since found out my boiler was actually installed in 2000, so its about 22 years old! 
  • BUFF
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    edited 21 November 2022 at 6:43PM
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    make & model of boiler would still help.From that we can tell you how efficient it was when installed (it probably won't be that now).
    With that & figures for your annual usage we can give you an estimate on how long it may take for the change to pay for itself.
    Also, what controls are fitted (programmer/room 'stat/TRVs) - modern controls should pay for themselves with energy savings within the lifespan of a boiler. 

    What we, sadly, can't do is tell you if there are schemes where you live & whether you are eligible.
  • sammyj84
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    It's a Worcester 28 i junior, 

    May 21 till may 22 4859.32Kwh

    We have it hooked up to a Hive thermostat.
    All the radiators have the control on except the one in the hall. 

    Thank you
  • BUFF
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    edited 24 November 2022 at 7:48PM
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    Just a 28i Junior & not a Greenstar 28i Junior?
    If so, when new it had a SAP rating of 78.9% - not the worst but not the ~90-92% of a current boiler - but it probably isn't performing at that level now.

    You are a low user for gas so it will take longer for any efficiency savings to pay for the replacement if it ever does. At current prices I would take a stab at you saving ~£100 p.a. at your current usage (it may be more or it may be less).

    Do you know which generation of/how old the Hive is? 
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