Replace Storage
Heaters Aberdeen

Replace Storage Heaters Aberdeen

Envirohomes Renewables is revolutionizing Aberdeen’s heating landscape by replacing outdated and inefficient storage heaters with modern, energy-efficient solutions. Our team of experts specializes in installing state-of-the-art electric storage heaters that not only slash your energy bills but also reduce carbon emissions, contributing to a cleaner environment. With a track record of hundreds of successful installations across Scotland, we hold industry accreditations such as the prestigious PAS 2030 Certification, ensuring top-notch service and reliability.

We’re currently focused on facilitating fully funded storage heater replacements through the Government’s ECO 4 grant program, specifically tailored for low-income households receiving benefits. Our team guides you through the funding process seamlessly, ensuring you reap the benefits of upgraded heating without financial strain.

About the ECO Scheme

Introduced in 2013, the ECO Scheme aims to enhance energy efficiency in homes, reducing carbon footprints and aligning with international climate agreements.

The latest iteration, ECO4, replaced its predecessor in 2022, offering grants to replace boilers, electric storage heaters, and improve insulation.

What is
a Storage Heater Replacement
Grant in Aberdeen?

The Storage Heater Replacement Grant in Aberdeen offers eligible households a no-cost solution to swap out old, inefficient electric storage heaters.

As part of the ECO4 Scheme, faulty or outdated units are replaced with modern alternatives, covering up to 100% of the replacement and installation costs.

This grant is particularly beneficial for properties without access to gas mains or central heating systems.

Why apply for the Storage Heater Replacement Grant?

Outdated storage heaters can drain finances with high heating bills, especially burdensome for low-income households. By leveraging the grant, homeowners eliminate the expense of purchasing and installing new heaters, providing a cost-effective solution to enhance home comfort and efficiency.

Do I Qualify
For The Storage Heater Grant?

The ECO4 funding scheme has a set of requirements for those who want to apply for free storage heaters.

Homeowners or tenants can apply for the grant if they receive the following benefits or credit:

  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit (Savings Credit or Guarantee Credit)
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Universal Credits
  • Working Tax Credit

It is important to note, however, that you do not have to currently be claiming the benefits listed above. You must have claimed these benefits in the year (12 months) prior to the requested installation of a new storage heater.

If no one in the household has claimed any of the above benefits, you may still be eligible for a 50% discount on your electric storage heater replacement, as long as other eligibility criteria are met. A surveyor will be required to assess your property.

Additional requirements to be eligible for the grant include:

  • Being the homeowner or the primary tenant renting from a private landlord, with permission from the landlord.
  • The main source of heat is an electric heating system (e.g. electric panel heaters, radiators, storage heaters).
  • Your home’s Energy Performance Certificate rating is E, F or G.

Council houses and Housing Association properties

Residents in council houses and Housing Association properties may also qualify for free storage heater replacements, with eligibility criteria differing. Direct contact with the housing association is advised for tailored assistance.

Why Are Storage Heaters Problematic?

While traditional storage heaters have limitations, modern solutions offer improved efficiency and performance. However, challenges such as incomplete heat storage and high electricity costs persist, urging homeowners to explore alternatives.

How do storage heaters work?

In Aberdeen, electric storage heaters employ an element to warm the bricks overnight when energy costs are lower. Throughout the day, these heated bricks gradually release warmth, ensuring a cozy home environment without relying on electricity during peak tariff periods. This method proves advantageous given the higher electricity rates during daytime hours. Furthermore, these heaters offer versatility and efficiency, as they can be easily installed in various rooms without the need for elaborate piping or centralized heating systems like radiators.

In Aberdeen, contemporary storage heaters integrate advanced technologies for heightened energy efficiency. Here are two prevalent types of modern storage heaters:

  1. Fan-assisted storage heater: These innovative units, eligible for installation under ECO4, retain heat overnight like their traditional counterparts. During daytime use, a built-in fan draws in cool air from the room, passing it through the heater. Subsequently, warm air is emitted through a vent, regulated by a thermostat for optimal comfort.

  2. Combination convector storage heater: Another option under the ECO Scheme, these heaters operate similarly to traditional models but incorporate a convection heater for supplementary warmth or as an alternative heat source. They efficiently distribute heat, providing versatile heating solutions for Aberdeen’s varying needs.

Disadvantages
Of Storage Heaters

While contemporary storage heaters have made strides in enhancing energy efficiency, they still tend to be relatively inefficient compared to other heating options. Nevertheless, for certain households, particularly those without access to gas mains, storage heaters represent the sole means of ensuring a cozy living environment.

Outlined below are several primary drawbacks associated with storage heaters.

Not all heat is stored:

Unfortunately, not 100% of the heat generated during the night is stored and released during the day. This is particularly true for older heater models. That means that the heaters actually need more energy to heat up during the night than what is needed during the day. Convection heaters are able to store and release 100% of the available heat, making them much more efficient.

Electricity is expensive:

Electricity prices are currently three times higher than gas prices per unit of energy (kWh). As a result, it is still very expensive to run an electric storage heater in comparison to gas boilers and central heating.

Lack of temperature control:

Storage heaters – even the modern ones with thermostats – do not offer precision temperature control. Since heat is stored during the night, the heat released the next day may not be enough to keep the home at a comfortable temperature level. This is especially true on very cold days, of course.

The opposite also applies when a balmy day surprises you; the storage heater makes your home unbearably warm during the day.

The Advantages
Of Electric Heating?

In spite of the drawbacks highlighted earlier, homeowners can still reap numerous advantages from opting for an electric heating system in Aberdeen:

Low carbon emissions

Electric heating offers significantly lower carbon emissions compared to traditional fossil fuels like coal and gas, making it an environmentally friendly option.

Modern advances

Despite perceptions of obsolescence, modern electric heating systems boast remarkable energy efficiency, rivaling newer technologies like heat pumps or boilers.

Safe and no risk to health

Electric heating eliminates the risks associated with gas leaks, combustion, or carbon monoxide poisoning, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for occupants.

Less maintenance

With fewer components, electric systems require less maintenance, reducing the need for frequent repairs and ensuring consistent heating availability.

Won't be left out in the cold

Electric storage heaters provide reliable heating even in case of breakdowns, as heat is stored within the system, offering uninterrupted comfort.

Lower installation costs

Although there are upfront costs involved, electric heaters are cheaper than heat pumps (£7,000 to £35,000) and gas boilers (£600 to £3,500).

Easy to install

Electric heaters, requiring no complex piping or moving parts, can be easily installed by connecting them to the electricity mains.

Flexibility

Electric storage heaters offer flexibility in placement, as they can be installed in any room without the need for intricate piping systems.

Efficient

Electric heating systems minimize heat loss, particularly when paired with solar PV panels, offering both efficient heating and reduced carbon footprint.

Silent

Electric heating systems operate silently, without the noise of banging pipes, ensuring a peaceful indoor environment.

FAQs

Yes, within approved lists of manufacturers and installers compliant with the ECO4 Scheme guidelines.

Manufacturers must select from a list of approved suppliers for storage heaters to be installed under the ECO4 Scheme, including Creda, Dimplex, Heatstore and Elnur.

Installers may also select from a list of scheme-approved installers. Check the TrustMark status of your preferred installer, as this will indicate whether or not they have been approved for the grant scheme.

Installation is swift, typically completed within 24 to 72 hours after eligibility approval.

ECO4 covers various energy-saving initiatives, including boiler replacements, insulation, and renewable energy installations, subject to eligibility.

Start by checking eligibility through our online form or contacting us directly at 0141 459 0292.

Yes, as part of grant regulations, old and inefficient storage heaters must be replaced.

Without a grant, replacement costs range from £220 to £350, including the unit and installation, emphasizing the value of ECO4 funding.

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