Replace Storage
Heaters Edinburgh

Replace Storage Heaters Edinburgh

EnviroHomes Renewables is at the forefront of revolutionizing home heating solutions in Edinburgh. Our team specializes in replacing outdated and energy-inefficient storage heaters with modern electric heating systems, aiming to reduce both energy bills and carbon emissions. With a wealth of experience in the field, we’ve successfully installed numerous state-of-the-art electric heating systems across the city. Rest assured, our team holds all the necessary industry accreditations, including the prestigious PAS 2030 Certification, ensuring top-notch service and reliability.

 

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

We understand the complexities of securing funding, and our dedicated team is here to guide you through the process seamlessly.

About the ECO Scheme

The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) Scheme, established in 2013 and now in its fourth iteration until March 2026, mandates companies across Scotland and the UK to allocate funds for enhancing energy efficiency in homes.

One of the key components of this scheme is providing grants for replacing storage heaters and upgrading electric heating systems, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change.

What is
a Storage Heater Replacement
Grant in Edinburgh?

The Storage Heater Replacement Grant available in Scotland offers eligible households the opportunity to replace their electric storage heaters at no cost. This initiative is part of the ECO4 Scheme.

Through this program, alongside the Affordable Warmth Scheme under ECO4, outdated, inefficient, or malfunctioning electric storage heaters can be exchanged for modern, energy-efficient alternatives.

The grant covers the entire cost of replacing and installing the new electric heating system in the home, providing valuable assistance, particularly for properties without access to gas mains or lacking a gas central heating system, such as apartment complexes.

Why apply for the Storage Heater Replacement Grant?

Outdated storage heaters can be inefficient and lead to high heating expenses for homeowners. This burden is particularly heavy for low-income households that struggle to afford such costs.

Through storage heater replacement grants, homeowners can replace their old, inefficient heaters with modern ones at no cost. This initiative covers both the purchase and installation expenses, which can typically amount to around £200 for the heater and an additional £150 for labor.

By applying for the grant, eligible individuals can avoid these significant expenses altogether.

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 have availed themselves of the aforementioned benefits, you may still qualify for a 50% discount on replacing your electric storage heater, provided you meet other eligibility criteria. A property survey will be necessary to assess your eligibility.

Additional conditions to qualify for the grant include:

  • Being the homeowner or primary tenant leasing from a private landlord with landlord consent.
  • Relying on an electric heating system as the primary heat source (e.g., electric panel heaters, radiators, storage heaters).
  • Your home’s Energy Performance Certificate rating being E, F, or G.

Council houses and Housing Association properties

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

Why Are Storage Heaters Problematic?

Before delving into the drawbacks of outdated storage heaters, it’s crucial to grasp their operational mechanisms.

How do storage heaters work?

Electric storage heaters contain heat-absorbing bricks, typically made from clay (though ceramic bricks are also utilized), which store heat for later release. These bricks absorb heat during off-peak energy hours, typically at night when tariffs are lower. The stored heat is then gradually released throughout the day, providing warmth without the need for continuous electricity consumption. This flexibility makes them an attractive option for many households, as they can be installed in various rooms without the need for complex piping or centralized heating systems like radiators.

Newer iterations of storage heaters leverage advanced technology to enhance energy efficiency. Some modern variants include:

  • Fan-assisted storage heaters: These models, often part of the ECO4 initiative, operate similarly to traditional storage heaters but incorporate a fan to circulate air. Cold air is drawn into the unit, heated by the stored bricks, and then expelled as warm air through a vent. Thermostats regulate temperature control.
  • Combination convector storage heaters: Also eligible under the ECO Scheme, these heaters function similarly to traditional models but incorporate a convection heater for supplemental or alternative heating.

Disadvantages
Of Storage Heaters

Despite advancements in energy efficiency, storage heaters still pose challenges. However, for properties without access to gas mains, they often remain the most viable heating solution. Here are some key drawbacks:

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 Edinburgh, despite some potential drawbacks. These benefits align with environmentally friendly practices and modern energy efficiency standards:

Low carbon emissions

Electric heating has a much lower carbon footprint than traditional fossil fuelsCompared to traditional fossil fuels like coal and gas, electric heating produces significantly fewer carbon emissions. This makes it a more environmentally sustainable option, which is crucial for preserving Edinburgh’s natural beauty and reducing the city’s carbon footprint. such as coal and gas. As such, it is much better for the environment – a major plus.

Modern advances

While some may perceive electric heating as outdated compared to alternatives like heat pumps or boilers, ongoing advancements in the industry have made electric heating increasingly energy-efficient. These innovations contribute to a more sustainable future for Edinburgh’s residents.

Safe and no risk to health

Electric heating systems pose minimal health risks compared to other heating methods. They don’t produce gases that can leak or cause combustion, eliminating the potential for explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning. This aspect ensures the safety and well-being of Edinburgh’s inhabitants.

Less maintenance

Electric heating systems have fewer components, resulting in reduced maintenance requirements. This means less hassle for homeowners in Edinburgh, as they won’t need frequent repairs or inspections to keep their heating systems running smoothly.

Won't be left out in the cold

With minimal maintenance needs, electric heating systems provide reliable warmth for Edinburgh residents, even during colder months. The storage capacity ensures continuous heating even if a breakdown occurs, offering peace of mind to homeowners.

Lower installation costs

While there are initial upfront costs, electric heaters are more affordable to install than alternatives like heat pumps or gas boilers. This affordability makes them accessible to a broader range of homeowners in Edinburgh.

Easy to install

Electric storage heaters have simple installation processes since they don’t require complex piping or infrastructure. This makes them a convenient option for homeowners looking to upgrade their heating systems in Edinburgh.

Flexibility

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

Efficient

Electric heating systems are highly efficient, with minimal heat loss compared to traditional heating methods. When combined with solar PV panels, they offer an even more efficient and environmentally friendly heating solution for Edinburgh residents.

Silent

Electric heating systems operate quietly, without the loud noises associated with traditional heating systems. This ensures a peaceful living environment for Edinburgh residents without disruptive clanking or banging.

FAQs

Yes – to a certain extent.

Manufacturers must select from a list of approved suppliers for storage heaters to be installed under the ECO4 Scheme, including Creda, Dimplex, Heatstore and Elnur.

Installers may also select from a list of scheme-approved installers. Check the TrustMark status of your preferred installer, as this will indicate whether or not they have been approved for the grant scheme.

Installation of electric storage heaters is quick and efficient, typically taking between 24 to 72 hours from approval to completion, providing Edinburgh residents with prompt heating solutions.

In addition to electric storage heater replacements, 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, under funding rules, old and inefficient storage heaters must be removed when upgrading to modern alternatives, ensuring compliance with grant requirements and maximizing energy efficiency in Edinburgh homes.

For Edinburgh homeowners ineligible for grants, the cost of replacing storage heaters ranges from £220 to £350, including the purchase and installation of modern units, highlighting the value provided by grant schemes in reducing financial burdens.

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