5 Steps Guide for Boiler Upgrade Schemes (BUS)

5 Steps Guide for Boiler Upgrade Schemes (BUS)

It's time to upgrade your heat pumpThis guide provides a concise overview of the UK Government's Boiler Upgrade Schemes (BUS), highlighting its role in promoting low-carbon heating solutions in England and Wales.

It covers the scheme's benefits, eligibility criteria, application process, and collaboration with Exinda Heat Pump, alongside insights into the evolving trends in the UK heat pump market. 

This guide is designed to help homeowners and small business owners understand and leverage the BUS for a more sustainable and energy-efficient future.

1. What are the Boiler Upgrade Schemes (BUS)?

Boiler Upgrade Schemes (BUS)

The Boiler Upgrade Schemes (BUS) is a groundbreaking initiative by the UK Government, designed to accelerate the transition towards low-carbon heating systems in England and Wales. 

This scheme is a cornerstone of the government's environmental strategy, aiming to reduce the nation's carbon footprint through sustainable energy solutions.

Financial Incentives and Support

As of 23 October 2023, the BUS offers enhanced financial incentives to encourage this eco-friendly shift. Homeowners and small business property owners can now receive up to £7,500 for installing air source and ground source heat pumps. 

For those opting for biomass boilers, the scheme provides a grant of £5,000 towards the cost and installation.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the BUS, applicants must own the property and have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation, unless exempt. 

The property should also meet specific installation capacity requirements, ensuring that the scheme caters to a wide range of homes and small businesses.

2. Why Apply for Boiler Upgrade Schemes? 

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) offers a compelling opportunity for individuals in England and Wales to transition from fossil fuel heating systems to more sustainable alternatives like heat pumps and biomass boilers.

Environmental Impact

The primary goal of the BUS is to reduce the reliance on fossil fuel heating systems, which include oil, gas, or electric options. 

By switching to heat pumps or biomass boilers, individuals can significantly lower their carbon footprint, contributing to the broader efforts against climate change.

Financial Support

The scheme provides a grant to cover part of the cost of replacing old heating systems with more eco-friendly options. 

This financial support makes the transition to sustainable heating solutions more accessible and affordable for a wider range of people.

Regional Accessibility

While the scheme is currently open to residents of England and Wales, there are similar initiatives in other parts of the UK.

For instance, in Scotland, residents might be eligible for an interest-free loan or a grant to make their homes more energy-efficient. 

In Northern Ireland, there are grants available for boiler replacement.

3. Where to Apply for Boiler Upgrade Schemes (BUS)?

If you're located in England or Wales and looking to upgrade your heating system through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), here's a simplified overview of the application process:

  • Check Eligibility: Own a property in England or Wales. Replace an existing fossil fuel or electric heating system. Have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with completed insulation recommendations.
  • Select an Installer: Choose a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) registered installer who is also registered with the BUS.
  • Installer Applies: Your chosen installer assesses property suitability and applies for the grant via the BUS portal.
  • Approval and Installation: Wait for Ofgem's approval. Once approved, proceed with the installation of the heat pump or biomass boiler.
  • Grant Deduction: After installation, the grant amount is deducted from the final bill by the installer.

For more detailed information and to begin the application process, please visit the UK Government's Boiler Upgrade Scheme page and the Guidance for Property Owners on Ofgem’s website.

4. Collaborating with Exinda Heat Pump: A Step-by-Step Guide

In-Depth Policy Research

Exinda commits to research of the Boiler Upgrade Schemes, encompassing subsidy values, eligibility, and procedural intricacies. 

This ensures that our collaboration aligns perfectly with the latest governmental policy, guaranteeing compliance and maximizing benefits.

MCS Certification Assurance

Exinda's air source heat pumps meet the rigorous standards of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). 

This certification is not just a compliance measure for BUS subsidies but also a testament to the quality and reliability of Exinda's products, enhancing our heat pump appeal in the market.

Strategic Partnership Network

Collaborating with Exinda involves access to an extensive network of MCS-certified installers. 

These partnerships are crucial, bridging the gap between Exinda’s innovative products and the end-users, ensuring that our clients receive recommendations for top-tier heat pump solutions.

Specialized Training and Technical Support

Exinda provides comprehensive training and robust technical support to our installation partners. 

Our heat pumps comply with local European installation standards. There is no need to retrain staff to install heat pumps for customers.

This initiative ensures that the installers are well-equipped with the knowledge and skills required for the optimal installation and maintenance of Exinda's heat pumps, leading to enhanced customer satisfaction.

Efficiency Targeted Marketing Initiatives

Our collaboration leverages diverse marketing channels to promote products based on the policy benefits of the BUS. 

By highlighting the eco-friendly and cost-effective nature of our heat pumps, we aim to educate the market and drive demand, leveraging social media, industry events, and our robust partner network.

Customer Education and Guidance

We provide clear, user-friendly guides and resources, simplifying the subsidy application process for customers, thereby enhancing their experience and satisfaction.

Policy Adaptation and Responsiveness

Staying abreast of policy changes is a key aspect of our collaboration. Exinda is committed to continuously monitoring and adapting to policy shifts, ensuring that our strategies and products remain in line with the latest governmental standards and requirements.


In partnering with Exinda, you gain access to a suite of professional services designed to maximize the effectiveness of your BUS applications. 

Our collaboration is not just about leveraging subsidies; it's about forging a path towards sustainable energy solutions, backed by quality products, expert knowledge, and a commitment to excellence.

5. What are the future trends in the UK heat pump market?

In the UK, the heat pump market is poised for significant growth, driven by government initiatives like the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, technological advancements making heat pumps more efficient and adaptable, and increasing consumer awareness about sustainability. 

This growth is further supported by trends towards integrating heat pumps with renewable energy sources, developing retrofitting solutions for older buildings, and the gradual reduction in costs due to technological improvements and market expansion. 

As the UK moves towards a greener grid, the role of heat pumps in achieving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions becomes increasingly vital.

If you want know more about the future trends of heat pump in the uk, you can also read Boiler Upgrade Scheme in the UK.

About ExindaExinda air source heat pump manufacturer

Exinda, a leading heat pump manufacturer and supplier in China, offers comprehensive supply chain solutions and expertise in air source heat pump systems for residential and commercial heating/cooling types of equipment, along with HRV & ERV ventilator systems.

Through our OEM/ODM services and a focus on energy efficiency, Exinda integrates technologies like variable frequency and eco-friendly refrigerants.

Supported by a 60,000m² manufacturing facility, Exinda ensures efficient production and delivery, backed by a dedicated service team. Committed to corporate social responsibility, Exinda actively pursues greener energy solutions.

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