FREE Boilers
Isle of Bute

Free Boilers in Isle of Bute

Envirohomes Renewables is at the forefront of providing high-quality boiler installations in Scotland. Our extensive experience and impeccable online reviews speak to the exceptional service we offer. We take pride in our qualified boiler engineers who hold key industry accreditations, including:

  • Qualitymark Protection
  • Gas Safe Register
  • PAS 2030 Certification
  • Elmhurst Energy Assessment Accreditation

At Envirohomes Renewables, our mission is clear: to reduce energy bills, lower carbon footprints, and contribute to Scotland’s Net Zero goal. With our expertise and highly qualified team, you can trust us to install your next boiler safely and efficiently

Our boiler installation service has a strong focus on providing fully funded boiler installations to low-income households through the Government’s ECO 4 Grant. Read on to understand the eligibility requirements and how this scheme can benefit you.

The Free Boiler Scheme in Scotland is part of the government-funded ECO4 program, which aims to combat fuel poverty, particularly among pensioners and low-income households, by upgrading heating systems and installing new boilers.

Who Qualifies For The Free Boiler Scheme?

For over a decade, both the UK and Scottish governments have been offering free boiler grants and financial support for home energy relief. The Free Boiler grant, falling under the ECO4 boiler scheme, provides energy-saving improvements to eligible UK households. To qualify, certain criteria must be met, including:

  • Total household income of less than £19,720 per annum.
  • Homeownership.
  • Receipt of benefits (e.g., Child Benefits and Income Support).
  • Pensioners (over 60 years old) receiving Pension Credit Benefits or similar.
  • Current gas boiler is over 15 years old.
  • Boiler has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or lower.
  • Boiler is broken or faulty.

What is
The ECO4 Scheme?

The Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4) scheme, launched in April 2022, is the latest government policy aimed at enhancing energy efficiency in homes across the UK. It represents the fourth installment in a series of government initiatives that began in 2013, with the ECO3 scheme concluding in March 2022. The ECO4 scheme is set to run until March 2026.

The ECO4 scheme takes a comprehensive approach to improving energy efficiency, with a primary focus on upgrading heating systems in UK homes. While its goal is not to provide warmth directly, it seeks to reduce carbon emissions, aligning with the UK’s commitment to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.

Since the inception of the ECO scheme in 2012, over 2.3 million homes have benefited from improved energy efficiency standards. The legislation behind the scheme places the responsibility on large energy companies to support low-income households, including:

  • Providing hardship grants to single parents.
  • Assisting individuals with disabilities.
  • Supporting financially struggling families.

Companies like UK Energy Support collaborate closely with Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator, and other energy suppliers to ensure the ECO scheme’s standards are met. Local authorities also play a pivotal role in identifying and referring eligible households that would benefit from this program.

What does the ECO4 scheme cover?

The ECO4 scheme offers financial support covering a wide array of energy efficiency improvements for UK homes, such as:

  • Provision of free boilers
  • Upgrades to central heating systems
  • Boiler replacements
  • Installation of solar panels
  • Implementation of air source heat pumps
  • Installation of energy-efficient storage heaters
  • Various insulation grants (including loft, underfloor, 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, although requiring minimal electricity to ignite, are among the least eco-friendly types of boilers. They heavily rely on natural gas, a fossil fuel, which, upon combustion, releases carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere
  • Efficiency: Older gas boilers possess a G-grade Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, indicating a mere 70% energy efficiency. Despite improvements in modern gas boilers, they still fall short of the efficiency levels achieved by combi boilers or heat pumps.
  • Regulatory Changes: Environmental concerns have led to stringent regulations for gas boilers. New regulations mandate an efficiency rating of 86% or higher. Consequently, gas boilers may face phase-out in the near future.

Back boilers

  • Environmental Impact: Back boilers, often outdated models from the 60s and 70s, exhibit significant inefficiency (around 78%) when compared to modern alternatives like combi boilers (over 90%). Additionally, they tend to produce higher emissions, especially since they are typically installed behind fireplaces. In cases of leaks, back boilers pose a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Outdated: Due to their inefficiency and the phasing out of back boilers, finding replacement parts has become increasingly challenging. This lack of sustainability makes them less viable for long-term use.

  • Regulatory Changes: The installation of new boilers now necessitates compliance with government regulations, including an 86% efficiency rating. This renders back boilers obsolete in light of these regulatory changes.

Oil boilers

  • Environmental Impact:: Oil boilers rely on heating oil, another fossil fuel, in their operation. This heating process results in the release of a significant amount of CO2 and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Efficiency: Older, non-condensing oil boilers typically operate with efficiency rates in the range of 60-70%. While modern versions have made considerable strides, achieving efficiency rates of over 90%, oil boilers still lag behind in terms of eco-friendliness when compared to other heating options.

Which Types Of Boilers
Are Eco-Friendly?

Combi boilers

A combi boiler, short for combination boiler, is a highly efficient heating unit and central heating system in one. Combi boilers heat water directly from the mains and eliminate the need for a separate water storage tank. Here are some notable features of combi boilers:

  • Space-saving due to their smaller size.
  • High energy efficiency.
  • On-demand hot water.
  • Simple installation and lower maintenance requirements.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are not boilers; they work differently by transferring heat from one place to another, rather than generating heat through combustion. They can work with various distribution systems such as ductwork, radiators, or underfloor heating. Key features of heat pumps include:

  • Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
  • Some heat pump systems allow zoning for independent temperature control in different areas of the home.
  • Integration into existing central heating systems for improved efficiency.

There are two main types of heat pumps for central heating:

  • Air-source heat pumps: These transfer heat between indoor and outdoor air and are generally easier and less expensive to install.
  • Ground-source heat pumps: These tap into the stable underground temperatures as a heat source, offering greater efficiency but at a higher installation cost.

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

FAQs

The Free Boiler grant falls under the ECO scheme. The ECO scheme provides funding to eligible households, allowing them to qualify for various energy-efficient improvements, including free boilers/boiler replacements, central heating systems, free solar panels, heat pumps, and more.

The Free Boiler grant falls under the ECO scheme. The ECO scheme provides funding to eligible households, allowing them to qualify for various energy-efficient improvements, including free boilers/boiler replacements, central heating systems, free solar panels, heat pumps, and more.

The Free Boiler grant falls under the ECO scheme. The ECO scheme provides funding to eligible households, allowing them to qualify for various energy-efficient improvements, including free boilers/boiler replacements, central heating systems, free solar panels, heat pumps, and more.

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