Replace Storage
Heaters East Kilbride

Replace Storage Heaters East Kilbride

Envirohomes Renewables spearheads the movement toward energy efficiency by replacing outdated storage heaters in East Kilbride. Our seasoned team specializes in installing cutting-edge electric storage heaters designed to reduce energy costs and carbon footprints. With a track record of successfully installing hundreds of modern electric heating systems across East Kilbride, we hold industry accreditations, including the prestigious PAS 2030 Certification, symbolizing excellence in renewable home solutions.

 

Our primary focus lies in offering fully funded storage heater replacements through the Government’s ECO 4 grant, catering specifically to low-income households eligible for benefits.

Our dedicated team guides you through the funding application process, ensuring seamless access to financial assistance.

About the ECO Scheme

Introduced in 2013 and running until March 2026 with its latest iteration, ECO4, the ECO Scheme supersedes its predecessor, ECO3, which was replaced in 2022.

This scheme allocates grants and funding to qualifying households, enabling them to replace boilers and electric storage heaters, as well as to install home insulation.

Its overarching goal is to curtail carbon emissions in alignment with international commitments while simultaneously assisting lower-income households in reducing energy bills and enhancing home energy efficiency.

What is
a Storage Heater Replacement
Grant in East Kilbride?

The Storage Heater Replacement Grant in East Kilbride empowers eligible households (details on eligibility criteria below) to upgrade their electric storage heaters at zero cost.

Aligned with the ECO4 Scheme, this initiative, along with the Affordable Warmth Scheme, facilitates the replacement of faulty, inefficient, or antiquated electric storage heaters with modern, energy-efficient alternatives.

Covering up to 100% of the replacement and installation costs, this grant proves invaluable for properties without access to gas mains or central heating systems, such as apartment complexes.

Why apply for the Storage Heater Replacement Grant?

Outdated storage heaters can significantly inflate heating expenses for homeowners, particularly burdening low-income households.

The grant enables homeowners to eliminate old, inefficient heaters and install modern replacements, eliminating the need to bear hefty expenses associated with purchasing and installing new units.

By leveraging this grant, eligible homeowners in East Kilbride can alleviate financial strain while embracing sustainable heating solutions.

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 occupants in your household are beneficiaries of the listed entitlements, you could still qualify for a 50% discount on the replacement of your electric storage heater, provided you meet other eligibility criteria. A thorough property assessment by a surveyor will be necessary.

Additional qualifications for the grant include:

  • Being the homeowner or the primary tenant, with consent from the landlord if renting from a private lessor.
  • Relying on an electric heating system as the primary source of warmth (e.g., electric panel heaters, radiators, storage heaters).
  • Your residence must have an Energy Performance Certificate rating 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 eligibility criteria differ, and direct communication with the housing association is advised.

Why Are Storage Heaters Problematic?

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

How do storage heaters work?

Electric storage heaters are equipped with heat-absorbing bricks, typically made from clay (though ceramic bricks are also utilized). These bricks retain heat, releasing it as needed.

During off-peak hours, storage heaters use an element to warm these bricks. The stored heat is then disbursed throughout the day, warming the home without requiring additional electricity, which is particularly beneficial as daytime energy tariffs are often higher.

These heaters offer flexibility and efficiency, capable of being installed in various rooms without the need for elaborate piping or a central heating system like radiators.

Modern advancements have led to more energy-efficient storage heaters. Variations include:

  • Fan-assisted storage heaters: These can be integrated into the ECO4 initiative. Similar to traditional models, they store heat overnight. During the day, a fan expels cold air from the room through the heater, followed by the release of warm air via a vent. These units incorporate a thermostat for control.
  • Combination convector storage heaters: Another option under the ECO Scheme, these units function similarly to traditional heaters but include a convection heater for supplementary warmth.

Disadvantages
Of Storage Heaters

Despite advancements in energy efficiency, storage heaters still possess limitations. However, for residences without access to gas mains, they may remain the sole viable option for heating. Key drawbacks include:

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 potential drawbacks, electric heating systems offer numerous advantages for homeowners in East Kilbride:

Low carbon emissions

Compared to traditional fossil fuels like coal and gas, electric heating boasts a significantly lower carbon footprint. This environmentally friendly aspect is a significant benefit.

Modern advances

While some may perceive electric heating as outdated compared to alternatives like heat pumps, ongoing advancements in the industry have greatly enhanced its energy efficiency.

Safe and no risk to health

Electric heating eliminates risks associated with gas leaks or combustion, making it a safer option for households. There’s no threat of explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Less maintenance

With fewer components, electric systems require less maintenance, ensuring reliable operation with minimal upkeep.

Won't be left out in the cold

Electric storage heaters are sturdy and reliable, reducing the likelihood of breakdowns and ensuring consistent warmth even in case of malfunctions.

Lower installation costs

Electric heaters entail lower upfront installation costs compared to alternatives like heat pumps or gas boilers, making them a budget-friendly choice for homeowners.

Easy to install

The simplicity of electric heaters, which have no moving parts, translates to quick and hassle-free installation, requiring only connection to the electricity mains.

Flexibility

Electric storage heaters can be installed in any room without complex piping requirements, offering flexibility in placement.

Efficient

Electric heating systems minimize heat loss, as there are no flues or pipework. Coupled with solar PV panels, they offer an efficient and eco-friendly heating solution.

Silent

Unlike some heating systems, electric heaters operate silently, ensuring a peaceful environment within the home.

FAQs

Yes, to a certain extent. Approved suppliers include Creda, Dimplex, Heatstore, and Elnur under the ECO4 Scheme. Installers must also be approved, with TrustMark status indicating eligibility for the grant scheme.

Installation of new storage heaters typically takes 24 to 72 hours once approved, with the process itself completed within a few hours.

The ECO4 Scheme covers various energy-efficient home improvements, including:

  • 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, existing storage heaters must be removed as part of the ECO4 grant requirements, although other heating systems can remain in place.

Without a grant, the cost of purchasing and installing a new storage heater ranges from £220 to £350, depending on the model and installation fees.

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