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• Qualitymark Protection
• Gas Safe Register
• PAS 2030 Certification
• Elmhurst Energy Assessment Accreditation
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.
Our boiler installation service focuses on providing low-income houses on benefits with a fully funded boiler installation service through the Government’s ECO 4 Grant. Please see the eligibility requirements below.
The ‘Free Boiler Scheme’ or ‘Free Boiler Replacement Scheme’ in Scotland falls within the government-funded ECO4 programme.
It aims to eliminate fuel poverty – especially for pensioners or lower-income homes – by upgrading heating systems and/or having new boilers installed.
Let’s take a look at what this entails.
For more than 10 years, both the UK and Scottish governments have been offering free boiler grants and financial support for home energy relief across the UK.
The Free Boiler grant, which falls under the ECO4 boiler scheme, aims to provide various energy-saving improvements to UK households. The scheme aims to reduce heating bills and energy costs by providing eligible homeowners with free boilers or a free boiler replacement when certain criteria are met. These criteria include:
The Energy Company Obligation 4 (ECO4) scheme is the latest government policy to enhance energy efficiency in homes across the UK.
Launched in April 2022, this scheme is the fourth instalment in a series of government initiatives that first began in 2013. The ECO3 scheme ended in March 2022.
The new ECO4 scheme is due to run until March 2026.
The ECO4 scheme takes a comprehensive approach to energy efficiency, focusing primarily on upgrading heating systems in UK homes. While the ECO scheme does not aim to provide warmth, it aims to reduce carbon emissions, helping the UK reach its carbon-neutral goals by 2050.
Since the start of the ECO scheme in 2012, over 2.3 million homes have benefitted from the improved energy efficiency standards.
The scheme’s primary legislation is designed to hold large energy companies accountable for supporting low-income households, including:
Companies like UK Energy Support work side-by-side with Ofgem – the UK’s energy regulator – and other energy suppliers to ensure the standards of the ECO scheme are met. Local authorities are pivotal in referring eligible households that would benefit from this scheme.
The ECO4 scheme offers financial support that covers a wide range of energy efficiency improvements for UK homes, such as:
A combi boiler, short for combination boiler, is a highly efficient heating unit and a central heating system in one.
Combi boilers heat water straight from the mains and eliminate the need for a separate water storage tank. This is a highly energy-efficient boiler and its compact size can be particularly helpful for smaller homes.
Notable features of combi boilers include:
To clarify, a heat pump is NOT a boiler, as they do not generate heat or use fossil fuels.
Instead, they are devices that transfer (move) heat from one place to another. They work well with various distribution systems like ductwork, radiators or underfloor heating. For example, transferring heat from the outside to the inside of a building for heating or vice versa for cooling.
They typically use electricity to operate but can be powered by renewable systems, such as solar panels or wind power. This makes them highly energy-efficient for both central heating and cooling purposes, while also being more environmentally friendly in the long run.
A few other notable features of heat pumps include:
Types of heat pump systems for central heating:
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.
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