Replace Storage
Heaters Angus

Replace Storage Heaters Angus

Envirohomes Renewables proudly leads the charge in Angus, providing cutting-edge solutions to replace outdated and inefficient storage heaters. Our seasoned professionals specialize in installing modern electric storage heaters, promising reduced energy bills and carbon footprint for your household. With a track record of numerous successful installations across Angus, our team boasts industry accreditations, including the prestigious PAS 2030 Certification, setting the standard for home renewable suppliers.

Our commitment to affordability is reflected in our focus on providing fully funded storage heater replacements through the Government’s ECO 4 grant.

Designed to assist low-income households receiving benefits, this initiative enables seamless access to modern heating systems.

Our team guides you through the funding process, ensuring a hassle-free experience.

About the ECO Scheme

The ECO Scheme, introduced in 2013 and now in its latest iteration, ECO4, aims to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency in homes.

Grants are available for replacing boilers, electric storage heaters, and enhancing home insulation.

This initiative aligns with international agreements to combat climate change while assisting low-income households.

What is
a Storage Heater Replacement
Grant in Angus?

The Storage Heater Replacement Grant in Scotland offers eligible households the opportunity to upgrade their electric storage heaters at no cost. This initiative is a component of the ECO4 Scheme, which aims to enhance energy efficiency.

Under this program, faulty, inefficient, or outdated electric storage heaters are exchanged for modern, energy-efficient alternatives. The grant covers the entire cost of replacing and installing the new electric heating system in the residence. This support is particularly beneficial for properties without access to gas mains or lacking a gas central heating system, such as apartment complexes.

Why apply for the Storage Heater Replacement Grant?

Old storage heaters can be a significant financial burden, especially for low-income households.

By taking advantage of the Storage Heater Replacement Grant, eligible households can eliminate the expense of purchasing and installing new heaters, ensuring warmth and comfort without the associated costs.

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 none of the household members have availed the benefits mentioned above, there’s still a chance for you to qualify for a 50% discount on the replacement of your electric storage heater, provided you meet other eligibility criteria. A surveyor will need to evaluate your property.

Further qualifications for the grant entail:

  • Being the homeowner or the primary tenant renting from a private landlord, with explicit consent from the landlord.
  • Your primary heating source should be an electric heating system (such as electric panel heaters, radiators, or storage heaters).
  • Your home’s Energy Performance Certificate rating must fall within the range of E, F, or G.

Council houses and Housing Association properties

Residents occupying council houses and Housing Association properties might also qualify for a complimentary replacement of their storage heater. However, the eligibility requirements vary, and individuals should reach out directly to their housing association for more information.

Why Are Storage Heaters Problematic?

Before delving into the drawbacks of inefficient storage heaters, it’s essential to grasp the workings of these heating systems.

How do storage heaters work?

Electric storage heaters feature heat-retaining bricks crafted from clay (although ceramic bricks are also an option). These bricks possess the unique ability to absorb and retain heat, which can be gradually released as needed.

Operating primarily during off-peak hours, electric storage heaters employ an internal element to warm the bricks overnight when energy costs are lower. Throughout the day, this stored heat is gradually dispersed to warm the living space, all without the need for additional electricity. This setup proves advantageous, particularly given the typically higher electricity tariffs during daytime hours.

Highly adaptable and efficient, electric storage heaters offer a versatile heating solution suitable for installation in various rooms without necessitating complex plumbing or a centralized heating system like radiators.

Newer storage heaters incorporate advanced technologies, greatly enhancing energy efficiency. Among these are various types of modern storage heaters:

  1. Fan-assisted storage heater: These units, eligible for installation under ECO4, operate akin to traditional storage heaters by storing heat overnight. During the day, a fan expels cold air from the room through the heater, while releasing hot air via a vent. This type of heater is equipped with a thermostat for optimal temperature control.

  2. Combination convector storage heater: Another option under the ECO Scheme, this modern variant operates similarly to traditional heaters. However, it incorporates a convection heater to offer an alternative heat source or supplementary warmth, enhancing its versatility.

 

Disadvantages
Of Storage Heaters

While contemporary storage heaters have made strides in energy efficiency, they still generally lag behind in this aspect. Nevertheless, for certain households, particularly those without access to gas mains, a storage heater stands as the sole viable option for maintaining a comfortable indoor environment.

Outlined below are some 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?

Despite the disadvantages mentioned above, an electric heating system still holds many benefits for homeowners:

Low carbon emissions

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

Modern advances

Despite perceptions of being outdated, electric heating has evolved with modern advancements, ensuring remarkable energy efficiency.

Safe and no risk to health

Electric heating eliminates health risks associated with gas leaks, combustion, or carbon monoxide poisoning, providing a safe environment for occupants.

Less maintenance

With fewer components, electric heating systems require minimal maintenance, reducing the need for ongoing repairs.

Won't be left out in the cold

Electric storage heaters are known for their reliability, minimizing the risk of unexpected breakdowns and ensuring continuous heating even in the event of a rare malfunction.

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

Installation is hassle-free as electric heaters have no moving parts and only require connection to the electricity mains.

Flexibility

Electric storage heaters can be installed in any room without the need for complex piping, providing flexibility in placement.

Efficient

An electric heating system is highly efficient; no heat is lost via flues or pipework. If you are able to combine your electric heaters with solar PV panels, you will not only have a very efficient heating system but also a reduced carbon footprint.

Silent

You won’t be exposed to loud noises and banging pipes with electric heating systems. Storage heaters are virtually silent when switched on and make no noise when releasing heat during the day.

FAQs

Yes, with some limitations.

Manufacturers are required to choose from a predefined list of approved suppliers for storage heaters installed under the ECO4 Scheme. This list includes reputable brands such as Creda, Dimplex, Heatstore, and Elnur.

Similarly, installers have the flexibility to choose from a roster of scheme-approved professionals. It’s advisable to verify the TrustMark status of your preferred installer, as it indicates their approval for the grant scheme.

Replacing storage heaters is remarkably straightforward. Upon applying for the grant, a surveyor promptly assesses the property to ensure compliance with eligibility criteria. Once approved, new storage heaters can be installed within a timeframe ranging from 24 to 72 hours. The installation itself is swift and typically completed within a few hours.

The ECO4 Scheme extends beyond electric storage heater replacement, encompassing various home improvements geared toward enhancing energy efficiency. These include:

  • Upgrading old or inefficient boilers
  • Implementing draught proofing measures
  • Enhancing home insulation (covering room in roof, underfloor, cavity wall, and solid wall insulation)
  • Installing solar panels and other renewable energy solutions
  • Upgrading single-glazed windows to double glazing Each grant has specific eligibility criteria under the ECO4 Scheme.

To kickstart the process, check your eligibility for the ECO4 grant by completing Envirohomes Renewables’ Check Eligibility Form.

Subsequently, a representative will reach out to discuss the next steps. Alternatively, you can directly contact Envirohomes Renewables at 0141 459 0292.

Yes, it’s a requirement. If you currently have storage heaters that are slated for an upgrade under the ECO4 grant, they must be removed. This mandate is part of the funding regulations, ensuring compliance. Installers are obligated to provide proof of removal of old electric storage heaters. Other heating systems in your home need not be removed, only outdated and inefficient storage heaters.

Acquiring a modern storage heater typically ranges between £150 and £200, contingent upon the chosen model. Installation expenses can vary from £70 to £150, with completion within a day. The total cost, including purchase and installation of a new storage heater, can fall within the £220 to £350 range. Eligible individuals can have these costs fully covered through ECO4 grants.

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