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Dunfermline

Free Boilers in Dunfermline

Envirohomes Renewables has established itself as a leader in the field of sustainable heating solutions in Dunfermline and across Scotland. Our reputation for delivering outstanding services is well-documented in our online reviews. Our expert team is equipped with various industry certifications, including:

  • Renewable Energy Quality Assurance
  • Gas Safety Registration
  • Energy Efficiency Compliance Certification
  • Eco-Friendly Energy Assessment Accreditation

Our mission is to assist you in reducing your energy bills, minimizing your carbon footprint, and aiding Scotland in its journey towards Net Zero emissions. Trust our knowledgeable team for the efficient installation of your next eco-friendly boiler.

We are committed to helping low-income families in Dunfermline through the Government’s ECO 4 Grant. This grant provides fully funded boiler installations to eligible households. The eligibility criteria for this program are detailed below.

Who Qualifies For The Free Boiler Scheme?

The ‘Free Boiler Scheme’, integral to the Scottish Government’s ECO4 program, is designed to help combat fuel poverty by providing new, efficient boilers and heating system upgrades.

  • Household income less than £19,720 per annum.
  • Homeownership status.
  • Receipt of specific benefits, like Child Benefits and Income Support.
  • Pensioners over 60 receiving Pension Credit.
  • Homes with boilers older than 15 years.
  • Boilers with an EPC rating of D or lower.
  • Faulty or broken boilers.

What is
The ECO4 Scheme?

The UK Government’s Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4) program represents the latest step in a national effort to boost home energy efficiency.

Initiated in April 2022, ECO4 continues the legacy of its predecessors, starting with the original ECO program introduced in 2013. This new chapter follows the conclusion of the ECO3 initiative in March 2022 and is scheduled to operate until March 2026.

ECO4 adopts a holistic approach towards enhancing energy efficiency, with a primary focus on modernizing home heating systems across the UK. The overarching goal of the ECO initiative extends beyond merely providing warmth; it is a strategic move to cut down on carbon emissions, thereby contributing to the UK’s ambition of achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050.

Since its inception in 2012, the ECO program has positively impacted over 2.3 million homes, significantly raising their energy efficiency standards.

A key aspect of ECO4’s legislative framework obliges major energy companies to play a supportive role for low-income households. This includes the provision of financial support to various groups such as single parents, individuals with disabilities, and families facing financial hardships.

Organizations like UK Energy Support collaborate closely with Ofgem, the national energy regulator, alongside other energy suppliers, to uphold the ECO program’s stringent standards. Local government bodies also play a crucial role in identifying and referring households that stand to benefit most from this initiative.

What does the ECO4 scheme cover?

The ECO4 scheme offers financial aid for various home energy efficiency improvements, including:

  • Eco-friendly boiler installations.
  • Central heating system upgrades.
  • Solar panel installations.
  • Air source heat pumps.
  • Diverse insulation grants.
  • Comparison of Eco-Friendly and Traditional Boilers

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 are commonly used due to their minimal electricity requirements for operation. However, they rank among the least eco-friendly heating options. This is primarily because they rely on natural gas, a fossil fuel, which releases carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere when burned.

    Efficiency: Older models of gas boilers typically have a G-grade EPC rating, offering only about 70% energy efficiency. While modern gas boilers have improved in terms of efficiency, they still cannot match the efficiency levels of combi boilers or heat pumps.

    Regulatory changes: In response to environmental concerns, gas boilers are subject to numerous regulations. For instance, they are required to have an efficiency rating of 86% or higher. Such regulatory pressures suggest that gas boilers may gradually be phased out in favor of more eco-friendly heating solutions in the future.

Back boilers

  • Environmental impact: Back boilers are often much older models and are highly inefficient (78%) when compared to modern versions, such as a combi boiler (over 90%). While these boilers were incredibly popular in the 60s and 70s, they produce higher levels of emissions (usually installed behind fireplaces). Additionally, if they leak, it could result in carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Outdated: Parts are scarce, due to the inefficiency and phasing out of back boilers. Making them less sustainable for long-term use.

  • Regulatory changes: When installing a new boiler, government regulations require an 86% efficiency rating, making back boilers null and void.

Oil boilers

Environmental Impact: Oil boilers, which rely on heating oil as a fuel source, contribute significantly to environmental concerns. The combustion process in these boilers releases substantial amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) into the atmosphere. These emissions are key contributors to air pollution and the increase in greenhouse gases, raising serious concerns about their role in climate change and environmental degradation.

Efficiency: The efficiency of oil boilers varies significantly between older and newer models. Older, non-condensing oil boilers typically have efficiency rates between 60-70%, which is considerably lower than the standards set by newer heating technologies. In contrast, the latest oil boilers have achieved strides in efficiency, reaching rates of over 90%. However, even with these advancements, oil boilers are often considered less eco-friendly compared to other heating systems that utilize more sustainable energy sources or advanced fuel-efficient technologies. This efficiency gap underscores the need for ongoing improvements and a transition towards more environmentally friendly heating solutions

Which Types Of Boilers
Are Eco-Friendly?

Combi boilers

Overview of Combi Boilers

A combi boiler, known fully as a combination boiler, serves as a dual-function unit, offering both heating and central heating capabilities in a single compact system.

These boilers are designed to heat water directly from the mains supply, thus removing the necessity for a separate water storage tank. This direct heating approach contributes to their high energy efficiency. The compact design of combi boilers makes them an ideal choice for smaller homes where space is at a premium.

Key Features of Combi Boilers

  • Space Efficiency: The smaller footprint of combi boilers makes them a space-saving solution, particularly beneficial for homes with limited space.
  • Energy Efficiency: Combi boilers are recognized for their energy-efficient operation, reducing overall energy consumption.
  • Instant Hot Water: They provide hot water on demand, ensuring immediate access to hot water without the wait.
  • Ease of Installation and Maintenance: The simpler structure of combi boilers allows for straightforward installation and generally demands less maintenance, compared to more complex heating systems

Heat Pumps

It’s important to note that heat pumps are distinct from boilers. Unlike boilers, heat pumps do not produce heat and do not rely on fossil fuels for operation.

Heat pumps function by transferring heat from one location to another. They are compatible with a variety of heat distribution systems, including ductwork, radiators, and underfloor heating. For instance, they can move heat from outside a building to the inside for heating purposes, or the reverse for cooling.

Operating typically on electricity, heat pumps can also harness renewable energy sources like solar or wind power, enhancing their energy efficiency. This attribute makes them a highly effective solution for both heating and cooling needs, while also being a more sustainable choice over the long term.

Notable Features of Heat Pumps

  • Zoning Capability: Some heat pump systems offer zoning features, allowing for independent temperature control in different areas of a home.
  • Integration with Existing Systems: Heat pumps can be seamlessly integrated with existing central heating systems, boosting the overall efficiency of the system.

Types of Heat Pump Systems for Central Heating:

  • Air-Source Pumps: Commonly used, these pumps exchange heat between indoor and outdoor air. They are typically easier and more cost-effective to install.
  • Ground-Source Pumps: Utilizing the consistent temperature of the ground for heat exchange, these pumps are more efficient, albeit at a higher installation cost and complexity.

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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