FREE Boilers
Hamilton

Free Boilers in Hamilton

In the realm of boiler installation across Scotland, Envirohomes Renewables stands as a paragon of excellence, especially noted in Hamilton.

Our extensive portfolio of boiler installations is a mirror to our dedication and exceptional service quality. Boasting a team of seasoned professionals, we hold elite industry certifications such as:

  • Qualitymark Protection Endorsement
  • Accreditation with Gas Safe Register
  • Compliance with PAS 2030 Standards
  • Certification from Elmhurst Energy Systems

Our mission transcends typical installations. We’re geared towards slashing energy expenses, optimizing home energy efficiency, and playing a pivotal role in Scotland’s journey towards Net Zero emissions.

Our focus is on extending a helping hand to low-income households in Hamilton, providing them with a comprehensive boiler installation service at no cost, courtesy of the Government’s ECO 4 Grant. This program is part of our commitment to making energy efficiency accessible to all. Below, you’ll find details about who qualifies for this initiative

Who Qualifies For The Free Boiler Scheme?

Our focus is on extending a helping hand to low-income households in Hamilton, providing them with a comprehensive boiler installation service at no cost, courtesy of the Government’s ECO 4 Grant. This program is part of our commitment to making energy efficiency accessible to all. Below, you’ll find details about who qualifies for this initiative:

Eligibility for the Free Boiler Grant includes:

  • Annual household income below £19,720.
  • Homeownership status.
  • Receipt of specific benefits, like Child Benefits and Income Support.
  • Pensioners over 60 receiving Pension Credit Benefits.
  • Possessing a gas boiler over 15 years old or one with a poor energy rating.
  • Having a faulty or malfunctioning boiler.

What is
The ECO4 Scheme?

The latest initiative by the UK government to promote energy efficiency in residential spaces is the Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4) program.

Initiated in April 2022, ECO4 represents the fourth phase of a series of governmental strategies initiated in 2013, succeeding the ECO3 program that concluded in March 2022.

Scheduled to be operational until March 2026, ECO4 adopts a holistic strategy towards enhancing energy efficiency, with a special emphasis on the modernization of heating systems in homes across the UK. The primary goal of the ECO initiative is not just to provide heating solutions but also to contribute significantly to reducing carbon emissions, aligning with the UK’s ambition to achieve a carbon-neutral status by 2050.

From the inception of the ECO program in 2012, it has positively impacted over 2.3 million households through elevated standards of energy efficiency.

A key aspect of the ECO4 legislation is its commitment to making energy companies responsible for aiding households in financial distress, particularly:

  • Extending special grants to single-parent families.
  • Providing support to individuals with disabilities.
  • Assisting families facing financial hardships.

Organizations such as UK Energy Support collaborate closely with Ofgem, the UK’s primary energy regulation authority, and various energy suppliers to uphold the ECO program’s benchmarks. Local governments play a crucial role in identifying and referring households that stand to gain from these energy efficiency improvements.

What does the ECO4 scheme cover?

The ECO4 scheme offers financial support that covers a wide range of energy efficiency improvements for UK homes, such as:

  • Free boilers
  • Central heating systems
  • Boiler replacement
  • Solar panels
  • Air source heat pump
  • Storage heaters
  • Various types of insulation grants (e.g. 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 are prevalent due to their low electricity usage for ignition. However, they rank among the less eco-friendly heating options. This is attributed to their reliance on natural gas, a fossil fuel, which releases carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere when combusted.
  • Efficiency: Traditional gas boilers typically hold a G-grade Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, indicating a mere 70% energy efficiency. In contrast, modern versions of gas boilers have improved efficiency, yet they still don’t match the higher efficiency levels of combi boilers or heat pumps.
  • Regulatory Changes Facing environmental concerns, gas boilers are increasingly governed by strict regulations, mandating an efficiency rating of 86% or higher. These evolving regulations suggest a potential gradual discontinuation of gas boilers in the near future, shifting towards more sustainable heating solutions

Back boilers

  • Environmental Impact: Back boilers, typically much older models, exhibit significant inefficiency, with only about 78% efficiency, in stark contrast to modern boiler types like combi boilers that boast over 90% efficiency. These boilers were a common choice in the 60s and 70s, often installed behind fireplaces, and are known for higher emission levels. A major concern with back boilers is the risk of carbon monoxide leakage, which can pose serious health hazards.

  • Outdated: The scarcity of replacement parts due to their inefficiency and the ongoing phase-out of back boilers makes them less sustainable and practical for long-term use. This scarcity underscores the diminishing viability and support for back boilers in the current heating technology landscape.

  • Regulatory Changes: In the face of evolving government regulations, which now require a minimum efficiency rating of 86% for new boiler installations, back boilers have become virtually redundant. These regulations, aimed at promoting energy efficiency and safety, effectively disqualify back boilers from being a feasible option in modern heating solutions

Oil boilers

  • Environmental Impact” Oil boilers, which use heating oil, release significant CO2 and sulfur dioxide, contributing to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. This marks them as less eco-friendly due to their reliance on fossil fuels.

  • Efficiency: The efficiency of oil boilers varies widely. Older, non-condensing models typically achieve 60-70% efficiency, significantly lower than modern alternatives. Newer oil boilers have improved, reaching efficiencies over 90%, but they still fall short in eco-friendliness compared to more sustainable heating options.

Which Types Of Boilers
Are Eco-Friendly?

Combi boilers

A combination boiler, often referred to as a combi boiler, combines a high-efficiency heating mechanism with a central heating system.

These boilers directly warm water from the main supply, negating the need for an additional water storage tank. Renowned for their high energy efficiency, combi boilers are also compact, making them a great fit for smaller residences.

Distinctive characteristics of combi boilers encompass:

  • Compactness, offering space-saving benefits
  • High energy efficiency
  • Immediate hot water availability
  • Ease of installation and minimal maintenance demands

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps differ fundamentally from boilers as they do not produce heat themselves nor do they rely on fossil fuels.

Their primary function is to shift heat from one location to another. This makes them versatile for integration with various heating distribution systems, such as ducts, radiators, or underfloor heating setups. A typical example is moving heat from outside to inside a building to warm it, or the reverse for cooling purposes.

Operating mainly on electricity, heat pumps can also harness renewable energy sources like solar or wind power, enhancing their energy efficiency and environmental sustainability for both heating and cooling needs.

Key attributes of heat pumps are:

  • The capability for zoned temperature control, allowing independent temperature regulation in different parts of a home.
  • Compatibility with existing central heating systems, boosting their overall effectiveness.

Heat pump varieties for central heating include:

  • Air-source heat pumps: These popular models transfer heat between indoor and outdoor environments and are known for their simpler, more cost-effective installation.
  • Ground-source heat pumps: Utilizing the consistent temperatures underground, these pumps offer heightened efficiency but tend to be more costly and complex to set up.

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

FAQs

This subsidy is part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) program.

Through the ECO program, financial support is extended to households that fulfill specific eligibility requirements. Such support enables qualifying homes to access various energy-efficient enhancements at no cost, including new or replacement boilers, central heating systems, complimentary solar panels, and heat pump installations.

Although combi boilers offer numerous advantages, there are some drawbacks to be aware of before installation.

A significant limitation is their performance under high water usage situations. For instance, if multiple showers are running simultaneously in a home, a drop in water pressure might be observed. This is due to the lack of a backup water tank in combi boilers, a feature commonly found in traditional boilers, which helps to accommodate large water usage.

Eligibility for the Free Boiler grant primarily hinges on benefit status; however, non-recipients may still qualify. At Envirohomes Renewables, we can expertly evaluate your eligibility for a free boiler under the ECO4 scheme, irrespective of whether you receive benefits

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