Envirohomes Renewables is acclaimed as a leading boiler installer in Scotland, renowned for our extensive track record of successful boiler installations. Our outstanding online reviews stand as a testament to our dedication and exceptional service quality. Our team of qualified boiler engineers holds prestigious accreditations such as Qualitymark Protection, Gas Safe Register, PAS 2030 Certification, and Elmhurst Energy Assessment Accreditation.
Focused on reducing energy costs and improving carbon footprints, Envirohomes Renewables is at the forefront of helping Scotland achieve its Net Zero goals. With our extensive experience and qualified team, we ensure safe and efficient boiler installations.
Envirohomes Renewables specializes in providing boiler installation services to low-income households in Scotland, particularly through the Government’s ECO 4 Grant.
This initiative aims to make energy-efficient heating solutions accessible to those on benefits. Below are the eligibility requirements for this essential service.
The Free Boiler Scheme, part of the ECO4 programme funded by the government, is designed to alleviate fuel poverty in Scotland, focusing on pensioners and lower-income households. It encompasses upgrading existing heating systems and installing new boilers to enhance energy efficiency in homes across Scotland.
For over a decade, the Scottish and UK governments have provided free boiler grants and financial support for home energy improvements. T
The ECO4 boiler scheme offers various energy-saving enhancements to eligible UK households. Criteria for receiving a free boiler or replacement include a household income below £19,720 per annum, homeownership, receipt of specific benefits, being a pensioner over 60 with Pension Credit Benefits, having a gas boiler over 15 years old, a boiler with an EPC rating of D or lower, or a faulty boiler.
The Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4) initiative, launched in April 2022, represents the UK government’s latest effort to bolster energy efficiency in residential properties throughout the country. This scheme, which is the fourth phase following the inception of this series of initiatives in 2013, succeeds the ECO3 scheme that concluded in March 2022 and is slated to continue until March 2026.
ECO4 adopts a holistic strategy in enhancing energy efficiency, with a significant focus on the modernization of heating systems in UK homes. Its objective transcends mere provision of warmth; the scheme is geared towards a substantial reduction in carbon emissions, aligning with the UK’s ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050.
Since the ECO scheme’s launch in 2012, it has positively impacted over 2.3 million homes, significantly elevating their energy efficiency standards. A key element of the ECO4 scheme is its legislative framework, which mandates major energy corporations to play a pivotal role in aiding households facing economic challenges. This includes extending hardship grants to single parents, individuals with disabilities, and families experiencing financial hardship.
Organizations such as UK Energy Support collaborate closely with Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulatory body, and various energy suppliers to uphold the ECO scheme’s criteria. Local government bodies also play an essential role in identifying and recommending households most in need of the scheme’s benefits.
The ECO4 scheme offers financial support that covers a wide range of energy efficiency improvements for UK homes, such as:
Environmental Impact: Gas boilers, widely used due to their minimal electrical power needs, are not environmentally friendly. They burn natural gas, contributing to CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, which significantly pollute the atmosphere.
Energy Efficiency: Traditional gas boilers have a low energy efficiency, often with a G-grade EPC rating, reaching only around 70% efficiency. While newer gas boilers are more efficient, they still don’t match the high efficiency levels of modern combi boilers and heat pump systems.
Regulatory changes: Facing environmental challenges, gas boilers are increasingly regulated, including a mandatory minimum 86% efficiency rating. These strict measures are steering towards a possible future discontinuation of gas boilers, as part of a move to greener heating alternative
Environmental impact: Back boilers, typically much older and with a low efficiency of around 78%, lag behind modern boilers like combi boilers that boast over 90% efficiency. Once popular in the 60s and 70s, these boilers, often installed behind fireplaces, emit higher levels of pollutants. Moreover, they pose a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in case of leaks.
Obsolescence: The scarcity of replacement parts for back boilers, owing to their inefficiency and gradual phase-out, renders them unsustainable for continued use.
Regulatory Shifts: Current government regulations mandate a minimum efficiency of 86% for new boiler installations, effectively rendering back boilers obsolete and non-compliant.
Environmental impact: Utilizing heating oil, a form of fossil fuel, oil boilers are significant contributors to CO2 and sulfur dioxide emissions. This exacerbates air pollution and heightens greenhouse gas emissions.
Efficiency: The older, non-condensing models of oil boilers exhibit efficiencies between 60-70%. Modern variants, though more efficient at over 90%, still leave oil boilers lacking in eco-friendliness compared to greener alternatives
A combi boiler, an abbreviation for ‘combination boiler’, serves as an all-in-one efficient heating solution and central heating system.
These boilers directly heat water from the mains supply, removing the necessity for a separate water tank. This makes them energy-efficient and their compact design is ideal for smaller residences.
Key attributes of combi boilers are:
To be clear, heat pumps differ fundamentally from boilers as they neither produce heat nor rely on fossil fuels.
Heat pumps function by transferring heat from one location to another, compatible with various heating distribution systems such as ducts, radiators, or underfloor setups. They operate by moving heat from outdoors to indoors for heating purposes, or the reverse for cooling.
Operating primarily on electricity, heat pumps can also harness renewable energy sources like solar or wind power. This operational mode renders them highly efficient for both heating and cooling, and more eco-friendly over the long term.
Additional characteristics of heat pumps include:
Varieties of central heating heat pumps:
Combi boilers come with several advantages, yet there are drawbacks to contemplate prior to installation. A notable limitation is their capacity to handle simultaneous high water usage. For instance, if multiple water outlets, like showers in different bathrooms, are used at the same time, a drop in water pressure may be observed.
This issue stems from the absence of an auxiliary tank in combi boilers, unlike traditional boilers, which affects their ability to cope with peak water demand scenarios.
Receiving benefits is a key eligibility requirement for the Free Boiler grant. However, eligibility is possible even for those not receiving benefits. Envirohomes Renewables is available to help ascertain if you meet the criteria to obtain a free boiler under the ECO4 scheme, regardless of your benefit status.
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