At Envirohomes Renewables, our reputation as a leading boiler installation provider in Scotland is backed by extensive experience and overwhelmingly positive customer feedback. We pride ourselves on our team of accredited boiler engineers who hold prestigious certifications such as:
Our mission revolves around enhancing your home’s energy efficiency, reducing your energy costs, and contributing to Scotland’s ambitious Net Zero objective. You can rely on our expertise for a dependable and safe boiler installation.
Since more than ten years, the UK and Scottish government have combined forces to supply free boiler subsidies and economic help to facilitate home energy improvements.
This very objective launched the ECO4 boiler scheme, operating under the Free Boiler Scheme umbrella, that endeavors to improve energy efficiency and minimize heating costs. Following is the eligibility criteria:
The Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4) scheme, launched in April 2022, represents the latest government effort to improve home energy efficiency in the UK. This scheme, intended to run until March 2026, focuses on upgrading heating systems, thereby reducing carbon emissions and aiding the UK in achieving its 2050 carbon neutrality goals.
Over 2.3 million homes have benefited from the scheme since its inception in 2012.
The scheme’s primary legislation is designed to hold large energy companies accountable for supporting low-income households, including:
Entities such as the UK Energy Support work alongside with Ofgem – the UK’s energy regulator – and other energy providers to ensure the standards of the ECO scheme are met.
Local authorities are essential in referring eligible households that would benefit from this scheme.
The ECO4 scheme extends its support to a variety of energy-efficient home improvements, such as:
The scheme supports the installation of various boiler types, including:
Environmental Considerations: Back boilers, typically from older generations, exhibit lower efficiency (around 78%) compared to contemporary models like combi boilers, which boast efficiencies above 90%. Popular in the 1960s and 70s, these boilers are now less environmentally friendly due to higher emission levels. They also pose a risk of carbon monoxide leakage, especially when installed behind fireplaces.
Obsolescence and Scarcity of Parts: The declining efficiency and gradual phase-out of back boilers have led to a scarcity of replacement parts. This makes their maintenance and long-term viability increasingly challenging.
Compliance with Modern Standards: Current government regulations mandate a minimum efficiency of 86% for new boiler installations. This requirement renders back boilers incompatible with modern standards, effectively making them obsolete in contemporary settings.
Heat pumps are distinct from boilers, primarily because they don’t create heat or utilize fossil fuels.
Heat pumps are systems that shift heat from one place to another, effectively with various heating distribution systems such as ductwork, radiators, or underfloor heating. They can transfer heat from outdoors to indoors for heating purposes, or the opposite for cooling.
These pumps are typically powered by electricity, but they can also operate using renewable energy sources like solar panels or wind turbines. This contributes to their high energy efficiency for both heating and cooling, and enhances their long-term environmental friendliness.
Additional features of heat pumps:
Types of heat pump systems used in central heating include:
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.
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