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1st TIME CENTRAL HEATING
You can get a warmer home in 3 easy steps. Please note that scheme usually takes between 6-8 weeks to reach the installation stage.
- Application and eligibility check: Application to the scheme can be completed online or by phone 0115 985 3000 . If you are eligible your details will be referred to E.ON. Online applications will be followed by a phone call within 48 hours to complete the full assessment and gain your consent to proceed.
- Home Survey: The survey is completed by a Gas Safe registered engineer and takes approximately 1.5 hours.
- Installation: An A’ rated boiler will be installed along with a radiator in every habitable room e.g., bedrooms, bathroom, hallway, kitchen. The install will be completed in just 1 day by E.ONs’ team of heating engineers. The engineers are Gas Safe registered. The boiler comes with a 2 year warranty from the manufacturer and a 1 year works warranty from E.ON.
No, we are only able to install a central heating system where if there is not currently one installed in your home. Help might be available to you through other schemes – see the question ‘Is there any other help available if I do not fulfil the HHCRO eligibility criteria?’
The Government plans to phase out gas boilers in new build homes, because it is easier to accommodate other forms of heating at the point of construction. However, in the retrofit market (that is, existing housing stock) where this is more difficult, switching to gas central heating is a relatively simple and effective way to have a positive impact on both energy bills and the energy efficiency rating of your property (contractors on the project only install A-rated Worcester Bosch boilers). Where possible, they will also insulate homes to maximize the benefit of switching to gas central heating. As an example, in one real world case, the scheme was able to improve an EPC E rated property to a C rated property. This reduced their £1,099 annual energy bill to £542 (saving them around £600 per year) and resulted in a carbon emissions reduction from approximately 3.1 tonnes down to 1.9 tonnes of CO2 per year (that’s a reduction of about 40%).
We realise that installing gas central heating does not immediately appear to align with our goals to reduce emissions, but we must also consider the effects of fuel poverty on the vulnerable members of our society, and identify ways in which people can live safe, healthy lives. The recent Green Homes Grant scheme also aims to help homes reduce their carbon footprint, but the cost to the average home owner may still be too high for them to benefit or be able to afford the cost of the work. The Warm Homes Hub scheme potentially offers fully funded heating for those who meet the eligibility criteria and so it remains an important alternative for many households.
We will require access to your home to complete the home survey and install your heating system. The home survey will be up to 2 hours to complete and you will be advised if any furniture needs to be moved prior to the install. The install will be completed within a day unless there are additional complications. We will advise you of this beforehand. The gas connection and meter install will be done outside the property.
This gas meter is installed before the central heating so you will need to choose a gas supplier. Residents that choose E.ON will have the meter install and managed by them. If you choose another supplier you will need to inform us of the planned meter install date so we can coordinate the install of the central heating to limit the days you pay a standing charge without being able to benefit from the supply of gas for your heating system.
No. The gas connection is made with limited disturbance to the outside of your home and any holes dug will be replaced and made good. The central heating install will require pipes to installed in your home and may require carpets to be lifted. This will be discussed at the survey.
See the photographs below from Staffordshire Warmer Homes, another Warm Homes Fund scheme based in Staffordshire, which shows the property and surrounding area during and after the works took place.
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