Replace Storage
Heaters Dumfries

Replace Storage Heaters Dumfries

EnviroHomes Innovations stands at the forefront of revolutionizing outdated, energy-draining storage heaters in Dumfries. Our dedicated team specializes in the installation of cutting-edge electric storage heaters, promising reduced energy bills and diminished carbon footprints. With a track record of numerous successful installations across Dumfries, our credentials, including the esteemed PAS 2030 Certification, mark us as leaders in home renewable solutions.

 

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

Navigating through the intricacies of securing funding is made seamless with our expert assistance, ensuring a hassle-free process for eligible homeowners.

About the ECO Scheme

Introduced in 2013, the ECO Scheme, now in its latest iteration ECO4 until March 2026, supersedes its predecessor ECO3 from 2022. Designed to allocate grants and funding, the ECO Scheme targets qualifying households, aiming to upgrade boilers, electric storage heaters, and enhance home insulation.

Its overarching goal is aligned with international commitments to mitigate climate change, emphasizing carbon emission reduction.

The scheme extends its reach to alleviate financial burdens on low-income households and individuals receiving income-related benefits by facilitating various energy-saving measures.

What is
a Storage Heater Replacement
Grant in Dumfries?

The Storage Heater Replacement Grant caters to eligible households in Dumfries, enabling them to swap out outdated electric storage heaters at zero cost.

Under the umbrella of the ECO4 Scheme, this initiative, alongside the Affordable Warmth Scheme, ensures the seamless transition from faulty, inefficient heaters to contemporary, energy-efficient alternatives.

Covering up to 100% of replacement and installation costs, the grant provides relief particularly in properties devoid of gas mains or central heating systems, such as apartment complexes.

Why apply for the Storage Heater Replacement Grant?

Outdated storage heaters translate to exorbitant heating expenses for homeowners, posing a significant financial strain, especially for low-income households. The storage heater replacement grant offers a lifeline, enabling homeowners to bid farewell to inefficient heaters and welcome modern alternatives, all without incurring any expenses.

The typical costs associated with purchasing and installing new storage heaters, averaging around £200 for the unit and an additional £150 for labor, become non-issues for eligible applicants, thanks to the grant’s coverage.

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 occupants are receiving any of the benefits mentioned above, you could still qualify for a 50% discount on the replacement of your electric storage heater, provided you meet other specified criteria. An evaluation by a surveyor will be necessary to assess your property’s eligibility.

Additional conditions to qualify for the grant include:

  • Being the homeowner or the primary tenant renting from a private landlord, with explicit permission from the landlord.
  • The primary heating source in your residence must be an electric heating system, such as electric panel heaters, radiators, or storage heaters.
  • Your home must have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E, F, or G.

Council houses and Housing Association properties

Residents in council properties or Housing Association accommodations may also qualify for a complimentary replacement of their storage heater. However, the eligibility criteria differ, and individuals should reach out directly to the housing association for further information.

Why Are Storage Heaters Problematic?

Before delving into the drawbacks of outdated storage heaters, it’s essential to grasp how these systems operate.

How do storage heaters work?

Electric storage heaters are equipped with heat-retaining bricks composed of clay or ceramic materials. These bricks have the capability to absorb and retain heat, which can be released when required.

During off-peak hours, typically at night when energy costs are lower, an element within the storage heater heats the bricks. The stored heat is then gradually released during the day to warm up the living space, without requiring additional electricity consumption. This feature is advantageous since electricity rates are typically higher during daytime hours.

Storage heaters offer a flexible and efficient heating solution as they can be conveniently installed in various rooms without the need for intricate piping or a centralized heating system, such as radiators.

Modern storage heaters incorporate advanced technologies that significantly enhance energy efficiency. Varieties of contemporary storage heaters include:

  • Fan-assisted storage heater: These units, eligible for installation under ECO4, function similarly to traditional storage heaters by storing heat overnight. During the day, a fan extracts cold air from the room through the heater, while hot air is emitted through a vent. These heaters are equipped with a thermostat for temperature regulation.
  • Combination convector storage heater: Another modern variant eligible for installation through the ECO Scheme. These heaters operate akin to traditional models but incorporate a convection heater, providing additional warmth or an alternative heat source.

Disadvantages
Of Storage Heaters

Despite advancements in energy efficiency, storage heaters still pose certain limitations. Nonetheless, for residences without access to gas mains, they often remain the sole solution for maintaining a warm household. Here are some 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?

Electric heating systems offer numerous advantages for homeowners in Dumfries, despite some potential drawbacks. Here are the key benefits to consider:

Low carbon emissions

Compared to traditional fossil fuels like coal and gas, electric heating produces fewer carbon emissions, making it a greener option for the environment.

Modern advances

While some may view electric heating as outdated, ongoing advancements in the industry have significantly improved energy efficiency, making it a viable and sustainable choice.

Safe and no risk to health

Electric heating poses minimal health risks since it doesn’t involve gas leaks or combustion, eliminating concerns such as explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning common with other heating systems.

Less maintenance

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

Won't be left out in the cold

Electric storage heaters are known for their reliability, minimizing the risk of breakdowns and ensuring homeowners are never left without heating, even if a unit requires maintenance.

Lower installation costs

While there are initial upfront costs, electric heaters are generally more affordable to install compared to alternatives like heat pumps or gas boilers, making them a cost-effective choice for homeowners.

Easy to install

Electric heaters are straightforward to install, requiring minimal time and effort due to their simple design and lack of complex piping.

Flexibility

Electric storage heaters can be installed in any room without complicated piping requirements, offering flexibility in placement throughout the home.

Efficient

Electric heating systems are highly efficient, minimizing heat loss and potentially reducing energy bills. Combining electric heaters with solar PV panels can further enhance efficiency and reduce carbon footprint.

Silent

Unlike some heating systems, electric heaters operate silently, providing comfort without disruptive noises or disturbances.

FAQs

Yes, within certain parameters.

Approved suppliers under schemes like ECO4, including brands like Creda, Dimplex, Heatstore, and Elnur, offer options for both manufacturers and installers.

Ensure your chosen installer holds TrustMark status for eligibility.

Installation of electric storage heaters is typically swift, with a turnaround time ranging from 24 to 72 hours once eligibility criteria are met. The installation process itself is efficient, often completed within a few hours.

In Dumfries, besides electric storage heater replacement, the ECO4 Scheme covers various energy-efficient home improvements such as boiler replacements, insulation, solar panel installations, and double glazing upgrades, subject to specific eligibility criteria.

The first step before applying for a free storage heater is to check whether you are eligible to receive the ECO4 grant. This can easily be done by filling in Envirohomes Renewables’ Check Eligibility Form. Thereafter, someone will be in contact to discuss the way forward.

Alternatively, you could also contact Envirohomes Renewables directly on 0141 459 0292.

Yes, as part of ECO4 funding rules, old electric storage heaters must be removed when upgrading to new ones under the grant scheme. Other heating systems in the home do not require removal unless they are old and inefficient storage heaters.

Without ECO4 grants, replacing storage heaters may cost between £220 and £350, covering the purchase and installation of modern units. However, eligibility for ECO4 grants can cover these expenses entirely for eligible homeowners in Dumfries.

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