Replace Storage
Heaters Dundee

Replace Storage Heaters Dundee

Discover the forefront of energy efficiency with Envirohomes Renewables in Dunfermline. We specialize in upgrading outdated and energy-draining storage heaters, ushering in a new era of eco-friendly electric heating systems. With our seasoned professionals at the helm, rest assured your energy bills will plummet while your carbon footprint shrinks. Having outfitted numerous homes across Dunfermline with cutting-edge electric heating solutions, we boast industry accolades including the prestigious PAS 2030 Certification, a testament to our commitment to sustainable home renovations.

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

Navigating the intricacies of securing funding can be daunting, but fret not, our dedicated team is here to guide you through every step of the process.

The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) Scheme, mandated for companies across Scotland and the UK, earmarks funds aimed at bolstering energy efficiency in homes. Among its provisions is the provision of grants to revamp storage heaters and enhance electric heating systems, aligning with international mandates to curtail carbon emissions and combat climate change.

About the ECO Scheme

Introduced in 2013, the ECO Scheme continues its mission with the latest version, ECO4, slated to operate until March 2026, succeeding ECO3 in 2022.

The ECO Scheme offers grants and financial support to eligible households, facilitating the replacement of boilers and electric storage heaters while enabling the installation of home insulation.

Primarily, the scheme targets the reduction of carbon emissions within the country, aligning with governmental commitments to combat climate change as per international agreements.

Moreover, it aims to assist low-income households and individuals receiving income-related benefits in curtailing their energy expenses and enhancing the energy efficiency of their residences through the provision of various energy-saving measures.

What is
a Storage Heater Replacement
Grant in Dundee?

The Storage Heater Replacement Grant in Scotland allows eligible households (more on eligibility criteria below) to replace their electric storage heaters completely free of charge.

It forms part of the ECO4 Scheme discussed above. Through the scheme, as well as the Affordable Warmth Scheme (part of ECO4), faulty, inefficient or old electric storage heaters are replaced with modern, more energy-efficient options.

The grant covers up to 100% of the replacement and installation of the new electric heating system in the home. This grant is especially useful where properties are not served by gas mains or there is no gas central heating system, such as in apartment complexes.

Why apply for the Storage Heater Replacement Grant?

Simply put, older storage heaters are a drain on resources and finances, particularly burdensome for households with limited means.

By availing yourself of the Storage Heater Replacement Grant, you not only bid farewell to exorbitant heating bills but also spare yourself the hefty expenses associated with purchasing and installing new systems, a boon for Dunfermline’s non-gas-serviced properties like apartment complexes.

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 household member has availed any of the mentioned benefits, there’s still an opportunity for you to qualify for a 50% discount on the replacement of your electric storage heater, provided other eligibility criteria are fulfilled. An assessment by a surveyor will be necessary to evaluate your property.

Additional prerequisites for eligibility for the grant encompass:

  • Being either the homeowner or the primary tenant leasing from a private landlord, with explicit permission from the landlord.
  • Relying on an electric heating system as the primary source of warmth (e.g., electric panel heaters, radiators, storage heaters).
  • Your home’s Energy Performance Certificate rating falling within the categories of E, F, or G.

Council houses and Housing Association properties

Residents of council houses and Housing Association properties might also qualify for a complimentary replacement of storage heaters. However, the qualification criteria differ, and it’s advisable to contact the housing association directly for further information.

Why Are Storage Heaters Problematic?

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

How do storage heaters work?

Electric storage heaters feature heat-absorbing bricks crafted from clay (alternatively, ceramic bricks can be utilized). These bricks have the capability to absorb and retain heat, releasing it when required.

During off-peak hours, typically at night when energy tariffs are lower, these heaters utilize an element to warm up the bricks. Subsequently, the stored heat is disbursed throughout the day to warm the living space without the need for ongoing electricity consumption. This feature is particularly advantageous as electricity tariffs tend to be higher during daytime hours.

Moreover, these heaters offer versatility and efficiency, as they can be installed in various rooms without the necessity of extensive piping or a central heating system, such as radiators.

Contemporary storage heaters incorporate advanced technologies, vastly improving energy efficiency. Several types of modern storage heaters include:

  • Fan-assisted storage heater: These units, eligible for installation under ECO4, function akin to traditional storage heaters. Overnight, heat is stored, while during the day, a fan facilitates the circulation of air through the unit, releasing warm air through a vent. Additionally, these heaters feature a thermostat for temperature regulation.
  • Combination convector storage heater: Another innovation under the ECO Scheme, these heaters operate similarly to traditional ones but incorporate a convection heater, offering an alternative heat source or supplementary warmth.

Disadvantages
Of Storage Heaters

Despite significant advancements in energy efficiency, storage heaters still retain some inefficiencies. Nonetheless, for residences without access to gas mains, storage heaters remain a viable solution for maintaining a cozy indoor environment. Below 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 Dunfermline, despite some potential drawbacks. These benefits include:

Low carbon emissions

Compared to traditional fossil fuels like coal and gas, electric heating produces lower carbon emissions, making it more environmentally friendly.

Modern advances

Although some may view electric heating as outdated, recent advancements in the industry have made these systems highly energy efficient, rivaling newer technologies like heat pumps or boilers.

Safe and no risk to health

Electric heating poses minimal health risks compared to other systems, as there are no gases involved in combustion, eliminating the risk of leaks, explosions, or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Less maintenance

Electric heating systems have fewer components, resulting in lower maintenance requirements and fewer breakdowns, ensuring homeowners aren’t left without heat, especially important in Dunfermline’s cold winters.

Won't be left out in the cold

Less maintenance also means fewer repairs. As electric storage heaters are easy to maintain, there is no real risk of homeowners being left without any heating as breakdowns are very rare. As heat is stored in the system, you will have heating for a day, even if the heater breaks.

Lower installation costs

Electric heaters typically have lower upfront installation costs compared to alternatives like heat pumps or gas boilers, making them a more accessible option for homeowners.

Easy to install

As there are no moving parts, installation is quick and easy. The storage heater only needs to be connected to the electricity mains.

Flexibility

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

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

Unlike some heating systems with noisy components, electric heaters operate silently, providing a comfortable living environment without disruptive sounds.

FAQs

Yes, homeowners in Dunfermline have the flexibility to select from approved manufacturers and installers listed under the ECO4 Scheme, ensuring compliance with quality standards and regulatory requirements.

Installation of electric storage heaters is typically completed within 24 to 72 hours from approval, allowing homeowners in Dunfermline to quickly upgrade their heating systems and enjoy enhanced comfort.

Apart from electric storage heater replacements, the ECO4 Scheme covers various energy-efficient home improvements such as:

  • Replacing old or inefficient boilers
  • Draught proofing
  • Home insulation (including room in roof, underfloor, cavity wall and solid wall insulation)
  • Installation of solar panels and other renewable energy initiatives
  • Replacement of single-glazed windows with double glazing

For each of these grants, certain eligibility criteria will apply under the ECO4 Scheme.

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, to qualify for the ECO4 grant, existing storage heaters must be removed as part of the upgrade process, ensuring compliance with program requirements and facilitating the installation of energy-efficient heating solutions.

Without grant assistance, the cost of purchasing and installing a modern storage heater in Dunfermline can range from £220 to £350, depending on the specific model and installation fees. However, eligible homeowners can benefit from full coverage of these expenses through the ECO4 grant, making energy-efficient heating solutions more accessible and affordable.

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