Installers can sign up to deliver the new BUS from midday today (11 April). Then, from 23 May, householders and small businesses in England and Wales will get access to grants of up to £6,000 towards the cost of replacing traditional fossil fuel boilers with more efficient, low carbon heating technologies. These include air and ground source heat pumps and, in some cases, biomass boilers.

By setting up an account early with scheme administrators Ofgem, installers will be ready to benefit by helping deliver up to 30,000 installations in the first year.

Philippa Pickford, Director of Delivery and Schemes at Ofgem, said: “We are delighted to be working with BEIS in administering the Boiler Upgrade Scheme on behalf of government. Continuing to decarbonise heat is central to the delivery of Ofgem’s decarbonisation action plan.”

The aim of the scheme is to provide support to property owners to help meet some of the costs of installation. However, social housing will not be eligible for support, and neither are new buildings, which are covered by existing legislation, except for self-built domestic properties.   

For more information on the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, click here.

Today, Ofgem is hosting a BUS update event covering the consultation response and installer account creation. Find out more and register using this link.

BEIS has also produced a short guide outlining what installers need to do access the scheme:

  • Sign up as a certified installer with Ofgem here 
    • Download an application form and provide your business address, bank details, MCS certification, and proof of ID. Once registered you will not have to do this process again.
  • Property owner contacts you about carrying out work
    • You agree a quote for installation. Make sure your quote deducts the grant amount from the total cost.
  • You apply for a grant on behalf of your customer
    • The scheme is installer-led meaning you have greater control of timeframes. You apply to Ofgem for a voucher for the grant, and your customer will provide consent to Ofgem for you to act on their behalf.  When the work is complete, you send in your redemption application and the grant will be paid to you.

Through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, property owners will be able to get:

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

In addition to this, the government has recently announced 0% VAT on the installation of heat pumps and biomass boilers, which will last for five years.