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Free Boilers in Fife

Envirohomes Renewables is renowned for being one of Scotland’s leading boiler installers and we have carried out hundreds of boiler installations in Scotland. Our impeccable online reviews are a testament to our exceptional service. Our qualified boiler engineers have acquired all the key industry accreditations, including:

  • Qualitymark Protection
  • Gas Safe Register
  • PAS 2030 Certification

Envirohomes Renewables is focused on reducing your energy bills, improving your personal carbon footprint, and helping Scotland achieve its Net Zero goal. With our vast experience and highly qualified team, you can trust us to safely install your next boiler.

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.

Who Qualifies For The Free Boiler Scheme?


For more than ten years now, both the UK and Scottish governments have been jointly offering free boiler grants and financial aid to support home energy improvements. Within this framework, the ECO4 boiler scheme functions as part of the larger Free Boiler Scheme, aiming to boost home energy efficiency and cut down on heating bills. The conditions to qualify for this scheme are as follows:

  • A household income that does not exceed £19,720 per year.
  • The applicant must own their home.
  • The household receives specific benefits, such as Child Benefits or Income Support.
  • Individuals over 60 years old receiving Pension Credit Benefits.
  • The household’s existing gas boiler is more than 15 years old.
  • The boiler has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or below.
  • The boiler is in a state of disrepair or malfunctioning.

What is
The ECO4 Scheme?

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.

What does the ECO4 scheme cover?

he ECO4 scheme provides financial support for a wide array of energy efficiency improvements in UK homes. This includes free boilers, central heating systems, boiler replacements, solar panels, air source heat pumps, storage heaters, and various insulation grants (loft, underfloor, external and internal wall, cavity wall, and roof insulation).

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 preferred for their minimal electrical usage to start up, are among the less environmentally friendly heating options. This is primarily because they utilize natural gas, a fossil fuel. The combustion of natural gas results in the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases, contributing to atmospheric pollution.
  • Efficiency: Traditional gas boilers typically have a G-grade EPC rating, indicating only about 70% energy efficiency. While newer models of gas boilers have shown improvements in efficiency, they still fall short of reaching the high efficiency levels of modern combi boilers and heat pump systems.
  • Regulatory Changes: Owing to environmental considerations, gas boilers are now subject to a range of regulations, including the requirement to achieve an efficiency rating of 86% or higher. This increasing regulatory pressure suggests that gas boilers might be phased out gradually in the coming years,

Back boilers

  • Environmental Impact: Back boilers, typically relics from the 60s and 70s era, fall significantly behind in efficiency, averaging around 78%, unlike the more efficient modern combi boilers which exceed 90%. Their popularity in the past doesn’t negate the fact that they emit more pollutants, often being installed behind fireplaces. Moreover, the risk of carbon monoxide leakage in case of leaks is a serious safety concern.

  • Outdated: The dwindling supply of replacement parts due to both their inefficiency and ongoing discontinuation renders back boilers increasingly impractical for continued use.

  • Regulatory Changes: Current boiler installation standards set by the government mandate a minimum of 86% efficiency. This requirement effectively renders back boilers obsolete, as they fail to meet these modern efficiency standards.

Oil boilers

  • Environmental impact: Utilizing heating oil as a fuel source, oil boilers contribute to environmental degradation. Their operation results in the release of notable quantities of CO2 and sulfur dioxide, aggravating air quality issues and increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Efficiency: The efficiency of conventional, older oil boilers is generally confined to a range of 60-70%. While recent models have shown marked improvements, with efficiency levels climbing over 90%, oil boilers still underperform in eco-friendliness compared to alternative heating technologies.

Which Types Of Boilers
Are Eco-Friendly?

Combi boilers

A combination boiler, commonly known as a combi boiler, combines a high-efficiency heating system and central heating in a single unit.

These boilers directly heat water from the mains supply, doing away with the requirement for a separate hot water tank. Their design is energy-efficient and compact, making them an ideal choice for homes with limited space.

Key characteristics of combi boilers are:

  • Compact design for space efficiency
  • High energy efficiency
  • Instant hot water supply
  • Ease of installation with reduced maintenance needs

Heat Pumps

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:

·        Zoning capabilities in some models, allowing independent temperature control in different house areas.

·        Compatibility with existing heating systems to enhance efficiency.

Varieties of central heating heat pumps:

 

·        Air-source heat pumps: These common types exchange heat between indoor and outdoor air and are typically more straightforward and cost-effective to install.

·        Ground-source heat pumps: Utilizing the earth’s consistent temperature for heat, these are more efficient but involve higher costs and complexity in installation.

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

FAQs

This grant is an integral component of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) program, designed to provide financial aid to eligible households.

Qualified residences have the opportunity to access a range of energy-efficient solutions, including a cost-free boiler installation or replacement, central heating systems, solar panels, and heat pumps.

While combi boilers come with numerous benefits, it’s essential to consider some potential drawbacks before installing one. One notable limitation is their performance during periods of high water usage.

For instance, if multiple showers are in use simultaneously in different bathrooms, you may experience a noticeable decrease in water pressure.

Receiving benefits is a key factor for eligibility for the Free Boiler grant, but it’s not the only criterion. Even if you’re not receiving benefits, you might still qualify. Envirohomes Renewables can assist in determining your eligibility for a free boiler through the ECO4 scheme, regardless of your benefits status.

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