Key questions about the Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Is my home eligible for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS)?

The BUS is open to people living in England and Wales. All existing domestic and non-domestic buildings are eligible, including custom builds. As with previous grant schemes, there will be a requirement for any basic energy efficiency measures to have been completed prior to the heat pump installation.

The BUS will only provide support to properties that do not have recommendations on their EPC for loft or cavity wall insulation to be installed. There are some limited circumstances where this requirement does not apply, such as where there are exemptions.

What funding is available?

Grants of £5,000 will be available for air source heat pumps. The grants will be offered at a flat rate and will not vary by the capacity of the installation.

Which systems are included in the scheme?

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme includes:

  • ASHPs (air source heat pumps
  • GSHPs (ground source heat pumps), including water source heat pumps
  • OR Biomass boilers where replacing fossil fuel heating systems

What are the eligibility requirements for the scheme?

  • Biomass plants in urban regions and areas connected to the gas grid
  • Biomass plant or heat pumps greater than 45kwth
  • Process heating not permitted
  • Social landlords not permitted