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Envirohomes Renewables is revolutionizing energy efficiency in Dunfermline by replacing outdated storage heaters with modern, eco-friendly solutions. Our team of experts specializes in installing cutting-edge electric storage heaters that not only reduce your energy bills but also minimize carbon emissions. With a track record of hundreds of successful installations across Dunfermline, we pride ourselves on delivering top-notch service with industry-leading accreditations, including the prestigious PAS 2030 Certification.

 

We are committed to making energy-efficient heating accessible to everyone. Through the Government’s ECO 4 grant program, we offer fully funded storage heater replacements for eligible households in Dunfermline.

Our dedicated team will guide you through the funding process, ensuring a hassle-free experience.

About the ECO Scheme

Introduced in 2013 and extended until March 2026 with the latest iteration, ECO 4, the ECO Scheme aims to enhance energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions across the UK.

Under this scheme, qualifying households in Dunfermline can access grants for replacing boilers, electric storage heaters, and home insulation.

By aligning with international commitments to combat climate change, the ECO Scheme plays a pivotal role in promoting sustainable living.

What is
a Storage Heater Replacement
Grant in Dunfermline?

The Storage Heater Replacement Grant in Dunfermline provides eligible households with a cost-free solution to replace outdated electric storage heaters.

Through this initiative, faulty or inefficient heaters are replaced with modern, energy-efficient alternatives, significantly reducing heating costs.

With grants covering up to 100% of replacement and installation expenses, homeowners in Dunfermline can enjoy improved comfort and savings on their energy bills.

Why apply for the Storage Heater Replacement Grant?

Older storage heaters are not only ineffective but also impose significant financial burdens on homeowners, particularly those with limited income.

By taking advantage of storage heater replacement grants, Dunfermline residents can upgrade their heating systems at no cost, avoiding the hefty expenses associated with purchasing and installing new heaters.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your home’s energy efficiency and comfort while reducing your carbon footprint.

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 Dunfermline, if none of the household members have availed any of the mentioned benefits, there’s still a chance to qualify for a 50% discount on electric storage heater replacement, provided other eligibility criteria are met. An evaluation by a surveyor is necessary to assess the property.

Additional prerequisites for grant eligibility comprise being either the homeowner or the primary tenant renting from a private landlord, with due consent from the landlord. Moreover, the primary heating system must be electric (e.g., electric panel heaters, radiators, storage heaters), and the Energy Performance Certificate rating of the house should fall under categories E, F, or G.

Council houses and Housing Association properties

Residents might qualify for a complimentary storage heater replacement, albeit with distinct qualifying criteria. In such cases, it’s advisable to directly contact the housing association.

Why Are Storage Heaters Problematic?

Understanding the shortcomings of inefficient storage heaters requires a grasp of their operational mechanism.

How do storage heaters work?

These heaters incorporate heat-retaining bricks typically made from clay or ceramic materials.

These bricks absorb and store heat during off-peak hours when energy tariffs are lower and release it during peak hours when needed, without requiring additional electricity. This feature is particularly advantageous as electricity rates tend to surge during peak hours.

Additionally, these heaters offer versatility and efficiency, as they can be installed in various rooms without the need for complex piping systems.

Recent advancements in storage heater technology have introduced highly efficient models utilizing innovative features. Among the array of options available, two prominent types stand out:

  1. Fan-assisted storage heater: These units are compatible with ECO4 installation standards. Operating akin to traditional storage heaters, they store heat overnight. During the day, a fan facilitates the extraction of cold air from the room through the heater, subsequently releasing warm air via a vent. This type of heater incorporates a thermostat for precise temperature control.

  2. Combination convector storage heater: This modern variant, also eligible for installation under the ECO Scheme, functions similarly to traditional heaters. However, it integrates a convection heater, offering an alternative heat source or supplementary warmth. This hybrid design optimizes heating efficiency while providing enhanced comfort.

 

Disadvantages
Of Storage Heaters

Despite these improvements, storage heaters still possess certain drawbacks. Their efficiency remains a concern, although for residences without access to gas mains, they often represent the sole viable heating solution.

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?

While there are some drawbacks to consider, electric heating systems offer numerous advantages for homeowners in Dunfermline:

Low carbon emissions

Despite perceptions of being outdated, electric heating has evolved with modern advancements, becoming highly energy-efficient and effective in heating homes.

Modern advances

Some may argue that electric heating has become outdated when compared to heat pumps or boilers; however, modern advances in the industry mean that electric heating has become incredibly energy efficient.

Safe and no risk to health

Unlike some other heating systems, electric heating poses minimal health risks. There’s no risk of gas leaks or combustion-related hazards, ensuring a safe environment for residents.

Less maintenance

Electric heating systems have fewer components, resulting in reduced maintenance requirements and fewer breakdowns. This means homeowners in Dunfermline can rely on consistent heating without frequent repairs.

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 installation costs compared to alternatives like heat pumps or gas boilers. Additionally, they offer efficient heating at a competitive price point.

Easy to install

With no complex piping or moving parts, electric storage heaters are quick and easy to install, requiring only a connection to the electricity mains.

Flexibility

Electric storage heaters can be installed in any room without the need for extensive modifications, providing flexibility in home heating solutions.

Efficient

Electric heating systems minimize heat loss, ensuring efficient utilization of energy. Combining electric heaters with solar PV panels further reduces carbon footprint and energy costs.

Silent

Electric heating systems operate silently, eliminating the disturbances associated with traditional heating systems like banging pipes or noisy vents.

FAQs

Yes, homeowners in Dunfermline have the liberty to choose both the manufacturer and installer for their storage heaters to some extent.

Under schemes like ECO4, approved suppliers such as Creda, Dimplex, Heatstore, and Elnur ensure quality products.

Similarly, installers can be selected from a list of scheme-approved professionals. Checking the TrustMark status of preferred installers helps ensure they meet the necessary standards for the grant scheme.

Replacing storage heaters in Dunfermline is a streamlined process. Once eligibility is confirmed, installation can typically be scheduled within 24 to 72 hours. The actual installation process is swift, usually taking only a few hours to complete, minimizing disruption for homeowners.

Beyond electric storage heater replacements, the ECO4 Scheme encompasses various energy-efficient home improvements in Dunfermline. These include:

  • 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.

To apply for a free storage heater replacement in Dunfermline, the initial step involves checking eligibility for the ECO4 grant.

This can be done by completing an online Check Eligibility Form provided by Envirohomes Renewables.

Alternatively, individuals can directly contact Envirohomes Renewables at 0141 459 0292 to initiate the application process. Once eligibility is confirmed, further steps will be communicated to proceed with the replacement.

Yes, homeowners must remove existing storage heaters if they are being upgraded under the ECO4 grant guidelines in Dunfermline. This requirement is stipulated by funding rules to ensure the proper utilization of resources. Installers are obligated to demonstrate the removal of old electric storage heaters as part of the grant scheme.

In the absence of grants, the cost of replacing storage heaters in Dunfermline varies. Modern storage heaters typically range from £150 to £200, depending on the model chosen. Installation costs can range from £70 to £150 and usually take about a day to complete. Therefore, purchasing and installing a new storage heater can total anywhere from £220 to £350, covering both equipment and labor expenses.

The ECO4 grants offer full coverage for eligible homeowners, eliminating these out-of-pocket costs.

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