Don’t miss The BUS! Here’s how you apply for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme - thumbnail image

Don’t miss The BUS! Here’s how you apply for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) supports the decarbonisation of domestic buildings in the UK. By providing upfront capital grants, the government intends to encourage the people of England and Wales to move away from boilers to a lower carbon heating solution. We’ll tell you exactly how to make your application, as well as what the change over will entail, in this blog post.

What does the timeline look like?

From the 1st of April, low carbon heating systems that have been commissioned on or after this date, will automatically be entitled to support under the BUS scheme, if they meet eligibility requirements. In order to be eligible, you simply have to own your own home in England or Wales. While your installation will be eligible from this point, you won’t be able to apply for your grant funding until 23rd May. This is because installers need time to open their account for the scheme with Ofgem.

I’m an installer; how do I open my account?

The person who creates your installer account must have the legal authority to act on behalf of the business. In creating the account, they agree to the business’ “authorised representative” for the scheme. To complete the form, simply download and complete the editable, create a BUS installer account form from the Ofgem website, then email that and all of the necessary supporting evidence back to the regulator.

How do I apply myself?

Fortunately for you, you won’t have to go to the trouble of filling out any application forms for this grant; it’s all done by your installer. All you need to do is find an MCS certified installer in your area that can carry out the work. They will be able to advise you one whether or not the installation is eligible for the grant. After you agree a quote for the work, they will apply for the BUS scheme on your behalf. Ofgem will then contact you, confirming the company is applying on your behalf, which you can guarantee.

In order to be eligible for the scheme, you must replace an existing fossil fuel system or direct electric system and must have a minimum SCOP of 2.8. Unfortunately, the scheme does not support fossil fuel hybrid systems or systems used to process heating.

Am I guaranteed funding?

The BUS scheme is operating on a “first come, first served basis”, so customers need to rush to register their interest with an air source or ground source heat pump installer. 90,000 homes will then be granted £5,000 or £6,000 towards their heat pump installation, reducing the cost by 50%.

The BUS scheme is not your only opportunity to go green. You can reach out to any solar PV installer today, to have a system installed on your roof. Not only will you cut down your energy bill and carbon footprint by using a renewable heating source, you’ll also generate some of your own electricity!

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