Households can apply for a £6,000 home improvement grant from TODAY

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HOUSEHOLDS looking to upgrade their homes can apply for a free cash grant from today worth up to £6,000.

The government has launched the Boiler Upgrade Program to help people replace old gas heating with newer and greener technology.

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Gas boilers may soon be banned in a bid to cut carbon emissions.

To encourage people to opt for greener options, the government offers subsidies for the installation of heat pumps to help defray costs.

Heat pumps are a greener way to heat your home and can also lower your energy bills.

They work much like an inverted refrigerator, extracting heat from the outside air and pumping it into the house.

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There are two types of air-source heat pumps, air-to-water systems and air-to-air systems.

There are also geothermal heat pumps that recover heat from underground by pumping water through pipes.

According to Energy Helplineair pumps tend to be cheaper, with purchase and installation costs between £8,000 and £14,000.

Ground source heat pumps are much more expensive between £15,000 and £25,000, although the price will depend on the size of your home.

To help cover the costs, you can apply for a grant through the Boiler Upgrade Program, which opens applications from May 23.

You can get up to £6,000 to cover the cost of a ground source heat pump or £5,000 for an air pump.

You can save up to £5,000 for a biomass boiler, which uses natural materials like wood pellets to supply heating and hot water, if you live in a rural area.

All grants can cover the cost of the device itself and installation costs – you don’t have to pay the money back.

If the heat pump or boiler costs more, you will have to cover the rest of the cost yourself.

The money means you’ll pay an amount closer to what you would if you were installing a traditional gas boiler, which can cost between £500 and £1,500.

Households could benefit in the long term from installing a heat pump, as you could save up to £1,975 if you swap your gas boiler for a heat pump.

The scheme is available in England and Waled from now until 2025 and you will need to own the home you are in to be eligible.

You will not receive the money directly, you will need to find a heat pump installer registered with the scheme who will apply for the grant on your behalf.

The amount will then be deducted from your invoice for the work.

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You can find an installer in your area hereand you will need to check with your chosen engineer that the work is eligible for the scheme.

Remember when doing work to get multiple quotes to get the best price.

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