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At Envirohomes Renewables, we pride ourselves on being a leading figure in Scotland’s energy efficiency landscape. With extensive experience in boiler installations, our reputation is built on hundreds of successful projects and glowing customer testimonials. Our team of certified engineers is adept in various industry standards, ensuring top-notch service in every installation.

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We are dedicated to reducing energy costs, minimizing carbon footprints, and contributing to Scotland’s Net Zero initiative. Our comprehensive service guarantees a seamless boiler installation experience.

The “Free Boiler Scheme” in Scotland, also known as the “Free Boiler Replacement Scheme,” is part of the government’s ECO4 initative. This program is designed to combat fuel poverty, particularly among pensioners and households with lower incomes, by enhancing their heating systems through upgrades or hte installation of new boilers.

Let’s explore what this entails.

Who IS ELIGIBLE For The Free Boiler Scheme?

For over a decade, the governments of both the UK and Scotland have been actively supporting homeowners with complimentary boiler grants and financial aid to enhance home energy efficiency nationwide.

Embedded within the ECO4 boiler program, the Free Boiler grant is committed to delivering a range of energy-efficient enhancements to residences across the UK. This initiative is focused on decreasing the heating and energy expenses by offering qualified homeowners either free boilers or replacements at no cost, provided they meet specific eligibility requirements. These requirements include:

  • A household income not exceeding £19,720 per year.
  • Ownership of the property.
  • Receipt of certain benefits, such as Child Benefits or Income Support.
  • Pensioners aged 60 or above who are beneficiaries of Pension Credit Benefits or similar aids.
  • Possession of a gas boiler that is over 15 years old.
  • A boiler with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or lower.
  • Possessing a boiler that is either malfunctioning or completely broken

What is
The ECO4 Scheme?

The most recent initiative by the UK government to boost home energy efficiency is the Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4) program.

Initiated in April 2022, the ECO4 represents the latest phase of governmental efforts to improve energy efficiency, a journey that began in 2013. Following the conclusion of the ECO3 scheme in March 2022, the ECO4 program is scheduled to continue until March 2026.

This new phase of the ECO program adopts an all-encompassing strategy towards enhancing energy efficiency, with a particular emphasis on the modernization of heating systems in UK residences. The primary goal of the ECO initiative is not just to provide heating solutions, but to significantly cut down carbon emissions, contributing to the UK’s ambition of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Since the inception of the ECO program in 2012, it has positively impacted over 2.3 million households by elevating their energy efficiency standards.

Key objectives of the ECO4 include enforcing accountability among major energy companies to assist households with limited income. This includes:

  • Provision of financial aid to single-parent families.
  • Support for individuals with disabilities.
  • Assistance to families facing financial hardships.

Organizations such as UK Energy Support collaborate closely with Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulatory body, along with various energy providers, to ensure compliance with the ECO program’s standards. Local governments play a crucial role in identifying and referring households that could benefit from these energy efficiency schemes.

What does the ECO4 scheme cover?

The most recent initiative by the UK government to boost home energy efficiency is the Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4) program.

Initiated in April 2022, the ECO4 represents the latest phase of governmental efforts to improve energy efficiency, a journey that began in 2013. Following the conclusion of the ECO3 scheme in March 2022, the ECO4 program is scheduled to continue until March 2026.

This new phase of the ECO program adopts an all-encompassing strategy towards enhancing energy efficiency, with a particular emphasis on the modernization of heating systems in UK residences. The primary goal of the ECO initiative is not just to provide heating solutions, but to significantly cut down carbon emissions, contributing to the UK’s ambition of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Since the inception of the ECO program in 2012, it has positively impacted over 2.3 million households by elevating their energy efficiency standards.

Key objectives of the ECO4 include enforcing accountability among major energy companies to assist households with limited income. This includes:

  • Provision of financial aid to single-parent families.
  • Support for individuals with disabilities.
  • Assistance to families facing financial hardships.

Organizations such as UK Energy Support collaborate closely with Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulatory body, along with various energy providers, to ensure compliance with the ECO program’s standards. Local governments play a crucial role in identifying and referring households that could benefit from these energy efficiency schemes

What boilers can you get under the Free Boiler grant?

  • Conventional boilers
  • Combi boilers
  • System boilers
  • Air-source heat pumps

Which Types Of Boilers
Are Not Eco-Friendly?

Gas boilers

  • Environmental impact:Gas boilers, commonly used due to their low electricity requirements, are not the most environmentally friendly option. Their dependence on natural gas, a fossil fuel, results in the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases, contributing to atmospheric pollution. 
  • Efficiency: Traditional gas boilers typically come with a G-grade EPC rating, indicating a mere 70% efficiency in energy use. Although newer models have improved their energy efficiency, they’re still not at par with the standards achieved by combi boilers and  heat pumps. 
  • Regulatory changes: In light of environmental concerns, gas boilers are subject to stringent regulations, demanding efficiency ratings of 86% or higher. These increasing regulatory pressures may lead to a gradual phasing out of gas boilers in favor of eco-friendly alternatives

Back boilers

  • Environmental impact: Back boilers, typically relics from the 1960s and 1970s, fall short in efficiency (around 78%) compared to contemporary models like combi boilers, which boast efficiencies over 90%. Initially favored for their integration behind fireplaces, these older boilers are now known for higher emission levels. Furthermore, their propensity to leak raises serious concerns, such as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Obsolete Components: The dwindling availability of parts for back boilers, a result of their inefficiency and gradual obsolescence, undermines their viability for long-term use.
  • Regulatory Shifts: Current government mandates stipulate a minimum efficiency of 86% for new boiler installations. This requirement renders back boilers obsolete, as they fail to meet these efficiency standards.

Oil boilers

  • Environmental impact: Oil boilers, functioning on heating oil, a type of fossil fuel, have a notable environmental footprint. The combustion process of these boilers emits considerable quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulfur dioxide, exacerbating air pollution and the emission of greenhouse gases.

    Energy Efficiency: The efficiency of traditional, non-condensing oil boilers typically ranges between 60-70%. While newer models show improved efficiency, reaching over 90%, oil boilers still fall behind in eco-friendly performance compared to their modern counterparts.

Which Types Of Boilers
Are Eco-Friendly?

Combi boilers

A combi boiler, short for combination boiler, is a highly efficient heating unit and a central heating system in one.

Combi boilers heat water straight from the mains and eliminate the need for a separate water storage tank. This is a highly energy-efficient boiler and its compact size can be particularly helpful for smaller homes.

Notable features of combi boilers include:

  • Compact design, leading to space conservation.
  • High energy efficiency.
  • Provides hot water instantly as required.
  • Ease of installation and minimal maintenance demands.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps stand apart from traditional boilers as they don’t produce heat through fuel combustion. Their function is to shift heat from one place to another, making them compatible with various heating systems like ductwork, radiators, or underfloor heating. They are adept at transporting heat into a building for heating purposes or reversing the process for cooling.

Primarily powered by electricity, heat pumps can also harness renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power. This versatility not only makes them highly efficient for heating and cooling but also marks them as a more sustainable option in the long term.

Key Features of Heat Pumps:

  • Zoning Capability: Allows independent temperature control in different areas of a home.
  • Integration with Existing Heating Systems: Enhances the efficiency of the current heating setup.

Types of Heat Pump Systems:

  • Air-source Heat Pumps: Common and economical, these transfer heat between indoor and outdoor air.
  • Ground-source Heat Pumps: Utilize the earth’s stable temperature for heat exchange, offering greater efficiency but at a higher installation complexity and cost.

What Are The Advantages Of An Eco-Friendly Combi Boiler?

FAQs

The grant falls under the ECO scheme.

The ECO scheme provides funding to eligible households that meet the necessary criteria. This allows them to qualify for a free boiler/boiler replacement, central heating systems, free solar panels, heat pumps, etc.

While combi boilers provide many benefits, they do have a few downfalls that need to be considered before having one installed.

The most prominent issue is that these boilers can struggle when there is a high demand for water in a household at one time. If two people are showering in two different bathrooms at once, you may notice a decrease in water pressure. This is because a combi boiler does not have a backup tank, like a conventional boiler, to meet high water demands.

Benefits are one of the most important criteria to have in order to qualify for the Free Boiler grant; however, you may still be eligible if you do not receive any benefits. Envirohomes Renewables can easily help you figure out if you qualify to receive a free boiler under the ECO4 scheme, whether you receive benefits or not.
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