FREE Electric
Heating Scotland

Free Electric Heating Scotland

Envirohomes Renewables have a strong local reputation for being the electric heating engineers of choice in Scotland. Our energy efficient electric heating solutions will lower your energy bills, improve your EPC rating, and reduce your personal carbon footprint. Our team have completed hundreds of electric heating projects in Scotlandand being a local leader in home renewable services we have achieved the highest accreditations in the industry. 

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

Our team of electric heating engineers specialises in ECO 4 grants which provide a fully funded service to households on benefits. Please see the qualification process below. 

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) scheme is a UK government initiative that is aimed at improving energy efficiency in homes by offering home improvements like free heat pumps and insulation. This is to help low-income households and rural homes, as well as boost the country’s carbon-neutral goals.

ECO4 is the latest phase in the ECO programme and was introduced in April 2022. It is set to run until March 31, 2026, and is part of the government’s long-term plan for increased sustainability in homes by 2035.

ECO4 is focused on providing energy-efficient measures to vulnerable households to create more sustainable homes with improved energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. Ultimately, this will help to advance the plan for long-term sustainability.

What makes ECO4 different from ECO3?

The ECO4 and ECO3 schemes share similar principles, but there are some important differences that set them apart. These differences include:

What is
Electric Storage Heating?

Electric storage heating is a type of heating system that uses electricity to generate heat during off-peak hours. This is usually overnight when electricity rates are lower. Then, these heating systems release the stored heat during the day when you need it.

Typically, these systems are designed to take advantage of time-of-use electricity tariffs and are often used in areas where other heating sources might be less practical or available. They can also help to save on energy bills since they are more energy efficient than other systems.

How electric storage heaters work?

To give you an illustration of how electric storage heaters work, we’ve created a simple step-by-step guide on the process they use:

  1. Off-peak charging: During off-peak hours (typically at night), the demand for electricity is lower. This is when electric storage heaters draw electricity from the national grid and store it. The electricity is used to heat up the core material, which is often made from ceramic bricks or other heat-retaining materials inside of the heaters.
  2. Heat retention: Once the material is heated, it can retain the heat for long periods of time. Therefore, it retains the heat until it is needed within the home.
  3. Heat release: Throughout the day, the ambient temperature starts to drop or occupants of the home start to need more warmth. Naturally, this means that the stored heat is slowly released from the heater.
  4. Thermostat control: Most modern electric storage heaters come with a thermostat to control the amount of heat that is released. This can help residents warm their homes up sufficiently to keep out the chill while saving excess electricity (and a lot of money on heating bills). They are usually more energy efficient than other systems.
  5. Economy 7/ Time-of-use tariffs: Electric storage heaters are often used together with special electricity tariffs called ‘Economy 7’ (or similar variations). These tariffs offer lower electricity rates during off-peak hours when there is less demand and higher rates during daytime hours. This is primarily to encourage users to consume electricity when the demand is lower.

Who Qualifies For Free Electric Storage Heating In Scotland?

In Scotland, you’ll need to meet certain qualifying criteria to be eligible for free electric storage heaters and systems under the ECO4 scheme. These eligible households and individuals include:

Grant eligibility

  • You’re a homeowner or you’re renting from a private landlord (and have gotten the landlord’s permission).

  • If at least one resident of your household meets the following criteria:
    • Low-income households where the combined household income is less than £31,000 per year.
    • A child under the age of five years old resides in the house.
    • One of the household members is over 65 years old and is also vulnerable or suffers from certain health conditions.

  • The household lives in an area that is vulnerable to cold living conditions.

  • Your current Energy Performance Certificate or EPC rating is D, E, F, or G (this only applies to homeowners). If you’re renting, your EPC rating should be E, F, or G to quality.

  • Grant funding is usually given to homes with inefficient energy heating systems or that have poor cavity wall insulation.

Note: It’s important to remember that all homes are required to undergo an assessment to determine whether they meet the qualifying criteria.

Qualifying allowances

  • JSA:
    Income-based Job-Seekers Allowance
  • ESA:
    Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Qualifying benefits

  • Housing benefit
  • Child benefit

Qualifying credits

  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Working Tax Credits (WTC)

What if you don't qualify for grant funding?

If you don’t receive any of the above benefits but you still meet certain criteria for grant funding, you may be eligible for the Government ECO Scheme through some ECO4 Flex options. This includes options for energy efficiency improvements like a replacement gas boiler, a first-time central heating grant, an insulation grant, or an electric heater grant.

How Do I Apply
For Free Electric Storage Heating
In Scotland?

At Envirohomes Renewables, we’re dedicated to helping you harness the benefits of eco-friendly solutions for your home (which we’ve listed below). We also want to help make the process as seamless as possible, with expertise in energy efficiency improvements and installations.

Our services are backed by the Scottish government’s ECO4 funding. Additionally, our professionals are highly skilled in installing eco-friendly boilers, solar panels, insulation, and heat pumps.

To help guide you through the application process for these upgrades, we’ve created an easy step-by-step guide:

What are the Advantages of Electric Storage Heating?

Electric storage heaters offer a ton of advantages for you and your home. Some of the main benefits of installing electric storage heating in your home include:

  • Cost-effectiveness: Electric storage heaters are often more cost-effective and can reduce your energy bills because they take advantage of off-peak electricity rates. They store heat during off-peak hours when electricity is cheaper and then release it during the day.

  • Energy efficiency: When they are used correctly, electric storage heaters are great for energy efficiency. By storing and slowly releasing heat, they reduce the need for constant energy consumption (which, again, is beneficial for lowering the cost of your monthly energy bills).

  • No gas required: Electric storage heaters don’t require any gas to operate, making them a great choice for homes that don’t have access to gas lines. They’re also a good option for homeowners who prefer not to use gas appliances.

  • Simple installation: The installation of electric storage heaters is relatively straightforward, especially if you already have an electricity supply.

  • Low maintenance: Electric storage heaters have fewer moving parts compared to more traditional heating systems. This means they need less maintenance and there are fewer points of failure for something to go wrong.

  • Reduced carbon emissions: If your electricity provider generates electricity from renewable sources, using electric storage heaters can help to reduce your carbon footprint. This is in direct comparison with other heating systems that rely on the use of fossil fuels.

  • No boiler required: Electric storage heaters don’t require a boiler, which is usually the cause of high upfront installation costs. This can be particularly helpful if your home doesn’t have any existing central heating.

FAQs

The time required to implement energy improvements in a home depends on the type and complexity of the measures that are taken. It may also depend on the size of the property, the layout, and other environmental factors.

While some energy improvements may take a few hours to a day to complete, others may take several days to weeks to complete.

For example, installing ground-source heat pumps is a more complex task and will require more time to install and get up and running than air-source heat pumps. Similarly, cavity wall insulation may take around two days to complete, while solid wall insulation can take several days to weeks.

Provided you meet the relevant criteria, you could be eligible for the following under the ECO4 grant: free boilers, solar panels, air source heat pumps and home insulation, which includes loft, roof and cavity wall insulation as well as draught-proofing.

If you are interested in one of these ECO4 grants, you will first need to assess your eligibility. To streamline this process, Evirohomes Renewables has an online platform where you can easily check your eligibility. Alternatively, you can also call 0141 459 0292 for assistance. Thereafter, Envirohomes Renewables will also help you through the ECO4 funding application process.

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