Replace Storage
Heaters Ayrshire

Replace Storage Heaters Ayrshire

Envirohomes Renewables stands at the forefront of Scotland’s initiative to replace outdated, energy-draining storage heaters with efficient alternatives. Our seasoned professionals specialize in installing cutting-edge electric storage heaters designed to slash energy bills and minimize carbon footprints. With a track record of hundreds of successful installations across Ayrshire, our team holds industry accreditations, including the esteemed PAS 2030 Certification, signifying our commitment to excellence in home renewable solutions.

Our primary focus lies in facilitating fully funded replacements for storage heaters, courtesy of the Government’s ECO 4 grant, catering specifically to low-income households receiving benefits.

Navigating the funding process can be daunting, but our dedicated team is poised to guide you through every step.

About the ECO Scheme

The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) Scheme mandates companies in Scotland and nationwide to allocate funds aimed at enhancing residential energy efficiency. This includes grants designated for upgrading electric heating systems and replacing outdated storage heaters, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change and improve energy sustainability.

Introduced in 2013 and currently running until March 2026, the ECO Scheme undergoes periodic updates to ensure its effectiveness. ECO4, the latest iteration, succeeded ECO3 in 2022, offering grants and funding avenues for eligible households to replace boilers, upgrade electric heating systems, and bolster home insulation.

What is
a Storage Heater Replacement
Grant in Ayrshire?

The Storage Heater Replacement Grant in Scotland, an integral component of ECO4, extends eligible households the opportunity to swap out their inefficient electric storage heaters at zero cost.

This grant, coupled with the Affordable Warmth Scheme, targets faulty or outdated heaters, replacing them with modern, energy-efficient alternatives.

Covering up to 100% of the replacement and installation costs, this grant proves invaluable, particularly in areas where gas mains are absent, such as apartment complexes.

Why apply for the Storage Heater Replacement Grant?

Aging storage heaters not only drain energy but also strain household budgets, posing a significant burden, especially for low-income families.

By leveraging the grant, eligible homeowners can bid farewell to obsolete heaters and embrace cost-effective, modern solutions without bearing the financial brunt of purchasing and installation expenses, which can escalate quickly.

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.

In case no one in your household is currently benefiting from the aforementioned schemes, you might still qualify for a 50% reduction on the replacement of your electric storage heaters, provided you meet other stipulated eligibility criteria. A property assessment by a surveyor will be necessary to determine eligibility.

To qualify for the grant, you must also fulfill the following conditions:

  • You must be either the homeowner or the primary tenant renting from a private landlord, with explicit permission 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 (EPC) rating must fall within the categories of E, F, or G.

Council houses and Housing Association properties

Residents of council houses and Housing Association properties may also qualify for a complimentary replacement of storage heaters. However, the eligibility criteria differ, and individuals should reach out to their housing association directly for guidance.

Why Are Storage Heaters Problematic?

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

Unraveling the mystery behind the functioning of storage heaters unveils a clever interplay of materials and energy conservation principles. Nestled within these electric contraptions lie bricks crafted from clay or ceramic, renowned for their heat retention properties. These bricks possess a remarkable capacity to soak up thermal energy, hoarding it until the moment it’s needed most.

The nocturnal workings of electric storage heaters are a testament to efficiency. Under the cloak of night, when energy tariffs dip to their lowest, these heaters spring to life. Employing an elemental force, they diligently warm the bricks, charging them with heat reserves. As the dawn breaks and the sun ascends, these bricks serve as reservoirs of warmth, diffusing it throughout homes in Ayrshire without a whisper of electricity.

Versatility and pragmatism define these heating marvels. Unlike their cumbersome counterparts reliant on piping networks, storage heaters exude a sense of freedom. They gracefully fit into any room, sidestepping the need for elaborate infrastructures like radiators or conduits.

Embracing the spirit of innovation, modern storage heaters have evolved, harnessing cutting-edge technologies to amplify their energy-saving prowess. Among the array of options available, two standout variations beckon attention:

  • Fan-Assisted Storage Heater: A beacon of efficiency integrated within the folds of ECO4, these heaters tread the path of tradition while embracing modernity. Nighttime rituals of heat storage are punctuated by daytime aerobics, as a gentle fan orchestrates the expulsion of warmth through strategic vents. The orchestration is guided by the watchful eye of a thermostat, ensuring a harmonious balance of comfort and economy.

  • Combination Convector Storage Heater: A symphony of warmth and innovation, this breed of storage heater finds its niche within the realms of the ECO Scheme. It mirrors the modus operandi of its predecessors but introduces a convection heater into the mix, offering an alternative source of heat or a supplementary embrace of warmth.

Disadvantages
Of Storage Heaters

Despite advancements in energy efficiency, storage heaters still pose significant drawbacks in terms of effectiveness. However, in areas like Ayrshire where gas connections are scarce, they may serve as the sole option for heating residences.

Outlined below are the primary disadvantages 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 drawbacks discussed earlier, electric heating systems offer numerous advantages for homeowners in Ayrshire:

Low carbon emissions

Electric heating produces significantly lower carbon emissions compared to traditional fossil fuels like coal and gas. This makes it a more eco-friendly option, aligning with efforts to reduce carbon footprints and combat climate change.

Modern advances

While some may perceive electric heating as outdated compared to alternatives like heat pumps or boilers, ongoing advancements in the industry have significantly improved its energy efficiency. This ensures that modern electric heating systems are more effective than ever before.

Safe and no risk to health

Electric heating poses minimal health risks compared to other heating methods. There’s no risk of gas leaks or combustion-related hazards, such as explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning, making it a safer choice for households.

Less maintenance

With fewer components than other heating systems, electric heaters require minimal maintenance to keep them operational. This reduces the need for ongoing upkeep and ensures reliable heating for homeowners in Ayrshire.

Won't be left out in the cold

Electric storage heaters are designed for durability, meaning breakdowns are rare. Even if a heater malfunctions, stored heat within the system ensures homeowners won’t be left without heating for an extended period.

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 have no moving parts, simplifying the installation process. Connecting them to the electricity mains is straightforward, resulting in quick and hassle-free installation.

Flexibility

Electric storage heaters can be installed in any room in the house as they don’t require complicated piping.

Efficient

Electric heating systems boast high efficiency levels, with minimal heat loss through flues or pipework. Pairing electric heaters with solar PV panels further enhances efficiency while reducing the overall carbon footprint.

Silent

Unlike some heating systems that produce loud noises, electric heating systems operate quietly. Storage heaters, in particular, emit minimal noise when releasing heat, ensuring a peaceful environment for homeowners in Ayrshire.

FAQs

Yes, you do have some freedom in this regard.

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

Similarly, installers have the option to select from a list of scheme-approved professionals. It’s advisable to verify the TrustMark status of your preferred installer, as this indicates their approval for the grant scheme.

Replacing storage heaters is a straightforward process. Once you’ve applied for the grant, a surveyor will promptly assess your property to ensure it meets all eligibility criteria. Upon approval, new storage heaters can typically be installed within 24 to 72 hours. The installation itself is swift and can usually be completed within a few hours.

Yes, the ECO4 Scheme covers a range of home improvements aimed at enhancing energy efficiency. These include replacing old or inefficient boilers, draught proofing, various types of insulation (such as room in roof, underfloor, cavity wall, and solid wall insulation), installation of solar panels and other renewable energy solutions, as well as replacing single-glazed windows with double glazing. Each of these grants has specific eligibility criteria under the ECO4 Scheme.

To begin, it’s essential to determine your eligibility for the ECO4 grant.

This can be easily accomplished by completing Envirohomes Renewables’ Check Eligibility Form.

Subsequently, someone from the organization will contact you to discuss the next steps. Alternatively, you can reach out to Envirohomes Renewables directly at 0141 459 0292 for assistance.

Yes, if you currently have storage heaters in your home and are upgrading them under the ECO4 grant, it’s mandatory to remove the existing ones. This requirement is stipulated by the funding rules, and the installer must provide evidence of the removal of old electric storage heaters. Other heating systems in your home do not need to be removed, only outdated and inefficient storage heaters.

The price of a modern storage heater typically ranges between £150 and £200, depending on the chosen model. Installation costs can vary from £70 to £150 and typically take about a day to complete. Overall, purchasing a new storage heater and having it installed can amount to anywhere from £220 to £350. Eligible individuals can have these expenses covered entirely by the ECO4 grant.

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