First Time Central Heating System Grant in the UK:

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The First Time Central Heating Grant (FTCH) is a part of the UK government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) scheme, aiming to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency in homes. Here’s a breakdown:

Benefits for the public:

  • Reduced fuel poverty: Homes without central heating often rely on expensive, inefficient heating methods. FTCH can significantly lower energy bills and improve thermal comfort.
  • Improved health: Cold homes can lead to respiratory problems and other health issues, especially for vulnerable groups. FTCH can improve health outcomes and well-being.
  • Reduced carbon emissions: Modern central heating systems are more efficient and emit less carbon, contributing to climate change goals.
  • Increased property value: Homes with central heating are generally more desirable and have higher market value.


To qualify for an FTCH grant, you must:

  • Own or privately rent a home in England, Wales, or Scotland (Northern Ireland has different schemes).
  • Have no existing central heating system (wet heating system using radiators or underfloor heating).
  • Have a mains gas supply installed in your home before April 1st, 2022 (Important note:).
  • Be in receipt of a qualifying benefit, such as Child Tax Credit, Pension Credit, or Disability Living Allowance.

How to win the grant:

  • Apply through an ECO4-registered supplier: Contact energy suppliers or companies specializing in ECO4 grants. They can assess your eligibility and guide you through the application process.
  • Provide necessary documentation: This may include proof of income, benefits, property ownership, and lack of existing central heating.
  • Survey and assessment: Your home will be assessed for suitability for central heating installation.
  • Grant approval: If approved, the supplier will install the central heating system at no cost to you.

Who can win the grant:

  • Low-income households struggling with energy bills.
  • Households with vulnerable individuals, such as young children, elderly people, or those with disabilities.
  • Homes with poor energy efficiency and cold living conditions.

Important points to remember:

  • The grant covers the cost of installing a new gas central heating system, including boilers and radiators.
  • You may be eligible for additional grants or support for insulation and other energy efficiency measures alongside FTCH.
  • Applications are subject to budget availability and supplier discretion.


  • EcoKush Energy Solutions (pvt) Ltd.

Remember, seeking guidance from an ECO4-registered supplier can significantly increase your chances of securing a First Time Central Heating Grant.

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