Central heating boilers

British Gas HomeCare Sign-up Overview

Boiler Scrappage Scheme

*please note that the government scrappage scheme has now ended, however several companies including British Gas continue to offer similar schemes*

Signing up for British Gas HomeCare is an extremely quick and easy process that can be completed in a couple of minutes, and in just a few simple steps. To show you just how straightforward it is we have included a step-by-step guide to obtaining peace of mind.

There are several different HomeCare packages available but for this example we are going to use the HomeCare 100 service for the purpose of the demo application.

Stage 1:

First of all you are presented with a simple postcode checker - enter your UK postcode here in order to proceed.

British Gas HomeCare stage 1


Stage 2:

A simple summary of your choices so far, confirming the selected package, postcode entered and the corresponding cost per month.

British Gas HomeCare stage 2


Stage 3:

On this page you need to enter the details for the HomeCare account holder - this will be the person responsible for the HomeCare account.

British Gas HomeCare stage 3


Stage 4:

Simply pick your address from those listed based on the postcode that you entered. If your address is incorrect or is not listed (for example if your home was built recently and is not yet in the postcode database) then you can choose to enter it manually.

British Gas HomeCare stage 4


Stage 5:

Confirmation of the address details listed. You can also chose to be billed at a different address to that where the HomeCare cover will be provided. This is useful if you are providing cover for dependents such as children or elderley relatives and wish to be billed yourself.

British Gas HomeCare stage 5


Stage 6:

At this point you can again confirm the selected package and consider the various upgrade options available if you also wish to cover your drains and electrics for example.

British Gas HomeCare stage 6


Stage 7:

In this section you will specify how you wish to pay for the service and you are offered the flexibility of monthly direct debits or an annual payment by credit or debit card.

British Gas HomeCare stage 7


Stage 8:

Assuming that you have selected the monthly direct debit option you will now be asked to enter the account details for the bank account that you wish to pay from and can also select the day of the month that you wish to pay.

British Gas HomeCare stage 8


Stage 9: (Final stage - confirmation of package, charges and details supplied)

All you need to do here in order to finalise your order is to carefully check the details that you have supplied and then agree to the terms and conditions and choose the appropriate contact option and then click 'submit' - once you have done this your order will be submitted to British Gas and you will receive confirmation of your order shortly afterwards to the e-mail address you specified earlier in the process.

British Gas HomeCare stage 9



Boiler Scrappage Scheme

*please note that the government scrappage scheme has now ended, however several companies including British Gas continue to offer similar schemes*

December 2009 saw the announcement from the UK government that they will introduce a boiler scrappage scheme which will provide a £400 rebate towards replacing energy inefficient boilers rated G or worse with energy efficient boilers. The government has pledged £50 million so far which means approximately 125,000 boilers will be replaced. However, there are 4.5 million households that currently have boilers which would qualify under the government boiler scrappage scheme so if you plan to apply it is incredibly important to do so as quickly as possible because the money for boiler rebates will run out fast.

Government Boiler Scrappage Scheme Summary

In summary, you will likely qualify for the government boiler scrappage scheme if :

1. Your boiler has a G energy rating or worse
2. The boiler is in working order and is the main boiler used to heat the home

Next Steps

If you have found that your old boiler will likely qualify for a boiler scrappage scheme by checking our boiler energy rating database and have found that your boiler is rated at 70% efficiency or G rating or worse, you will need to act very quickly to apply for the scrappage scheme as there are far too many people that would qualify for the scheme compared with the funds that the government have allocated, therefore, you need to apply without delay so that you don't miss out.

You need to:

Research the new A rated energy efficient boiler you would like to buy.

The consumer group Which? have a best buy boiler report which you can currently get for just £ 1. Click here for details.

Get a boiler installation quote

Arrange for a boiler installation engineer to give you a quote for the work.

It is important that you do not have the boiler installed prior to being accepted onto the boiler scrappage scheme as this will invalidate your rebate. You should choose your new boiler, get a quote, apply for the boiler scrappage scheme, and once accepted you will be given a £400 voucher which will be issued to you up to ten days after application from 18 January 2010 onwards. The £400 voucher can then be used as a rebate against your new boiler.


Also in this section:

Boiler Products - An A-Z of central heating boilers and energy ratings

Boiler Troubleshooting - How to spot common causes of boiler and system malfunction

HomeCare - Peace of Mind for your central heating system

British Gas HomeCare Review - An honest review of the British Gas HomeCare service

British Gas HomeCare Sign-Up Overview - an explanation of the process

British Gas Home Electrical Care - Peace of mind for your home electrics

British Gas Plumbing and Drains Care - Peace of mind for your plumbing and drains

Buying A New Boiler - Maintenance and energy efficiency.

Central Heating Boilers - Maintenance and energy efficiency

Installing A New Boiler - Replacing your old central heating boiler


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