Replace Storage
Heaters Fife

Replace Storage Heaters Fife

Envirohomes Renewables is at the forefront of revolutionizing home heating solutions in Fife. Our dedicated team specializes in the installation of cutting-edge electric storage heaters, designed to enhance energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprints. With a wealth of experience, we’ve successfully implemented numerous state-of-the-art heating systems across the region, earning us industry accolades and certifications, including the prestigious PAS 2030 Certification.

We are committed to making sustainable heating accessible to all, particularly for low-income households receiving benefits.

Through the Government’s ECO 4 grant initiative, we offer fully funded replacements for outdated storage heaters.

Our team guides you through the funding process seamlessly, ensuring you benefit from this opportunity.

About the ECO Scheme

The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) Scheme, a cornerstone of environmental initiatives since its inception in 2013, continues to drive our efforts.

Under ECO4, which supersedes its predecessor ECO3, households qualify for grants to upgrade their heating systems and bolster home insulation.

This aligns with global commitments to combat climate change and alleviate energy poverty.

 

What is
a Storage Heater Replacement
Grant in Fife?

The Storage Heater Replacement Grant in Fife provides eligible households (further details on eligibility criteria below) with the opportunity to replace their electric storage heaters at absolutely no cost. It is a component of the previously mentioned ECO4 Scheme.

Through this scheme, along with the Affordable Warmth Scheme (part of ECO4), outdated, inefficient, or faulty electric storage heaters are exchanged for modern, energy-efficient alternatives.

This grant covers the entire cost, up to 100%, of both replacement and installation of the new electric heating system within the home. It proves particularly beneficial for properties without access to gas mains or lacking a gas central heating system, such as those found in apartment complexes.

Why apply for the Storage Heater Replacement Grant?

Aging storage heaters are ineffective and can lead to substantial heating expenses for homeowners. This financial burden is especially significant for low-income households that may struggle to afford such costs.

The storage heater replacement grants enable homeowners to eliminate old, inefficient heaters and have modern replacements installed, all at no charge. Purchasing and installing new storage heaters typically incur considerable expenses (approximately £200 for a new heater and an additional £150 for labor). By applying for the grant and meeting the eligibility criteria, you can bypass these costs entirely.

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 Fife, if none of the occupants in your household are currently benefiting from the aforementioned assistance programs, you might still qualify for a 50% discount on the replacement of your electric storage heater, provided you meet other eligibility criteria. An evaluation of your property by a surveyor will be necessary to determine eligibility.

To qualify for the grant, you must meet the following additional criteria:

  • You must be either the homeowner or the primary tenant renting from a private landlord, with consent from the landlord.
  • The primary source of heating in your home should be an electric heating system, such as electric panel heaters, radiators, or storage heaters.
  • Your home’s Energy Performance Certificate rating should be E, F, or G.

Council houses and Housing Association properties

For individuals residing in council houses and Housing Association properties, eligibility for a free storage heater replacement may also be possible. However, the criteria for qualification differ, and it is recommended to contact the housing association directly for further information.

Why Are Storage Heaters Problematic?

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

How do storage heaters work?

Electric storage heaters are equipped with heat-retaining bricks typically made from clay (although ceramic bricks can also be utilized). These bricks have the capacity to absorb and retain heat, which can then be released when required.

During off-peak hours when energy tariffs are lower, an element within the storage heater heats up the bricks. The accumulated heat is then dispersed throughout the day to warm up the living space, without the need for additional electricity during peak hours when tariffs are typically higher. This versatility makes storage heaters an attractive option as they can be installed in various rooms without the necessity for extensive piping or a central heating system like radiators.

Modern iterations of storage heaters integrate advanced technologies that significantly enhance energy efficiency. There are several types of contemporary storage heaters available:

  • Fan-assisted storage heater: These units, eligible for installation under ECO4, operate similarly to traditional storage heaters. They store heat overnight and during the day, a fan extracts cold air from the room through the heater, releasing warm air via a vent. This type of heater is equipped with a thermostat for temperature control.
  • Combination convector storage heater: Another modern variation eligible for installation through the ECO Scheme, these heaters function similarly to traditional models but incorporate a convection heater, offering an additional heat source or increased warmth.

Disadvantages
Of Storage Heaters

Despite advancements in energy efficiency, storage heaters still possess certain drawbacks. However, for properties not connected to gas mains, storage heaters remain a viable solution for maintaining warmth. Some of the primary disadvantages 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 some drawbacks associated with electric heating systems, homeowners in Fife can enjoy numerous advantages:

Low carbon emissions

Electric heating produces lower carbon emissions compared to conventional fuels like coal and gas, making it environmentally friendly.

Modern advances

Despite perceptions of obsolescence, ongoing advancements in electric heating technology have significantly enhanced energy efficiency.

Safe and no risk to health

Electric heating eliminates the risks associated with gas leaks, combustion, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning, promoting a safer home environment.

Less maintenance

With fewer components, electric heating systems require less maintenance, reducing the need for frequent repairs.

Won't be left out in the cold

Electric storage heaters are robust and dependable, minimizing the likelihood of breakdowns and ensuring consistent heating even in the event of a malfunction.

Lower installation costs

Electric heaters entail lower installation costs compared to alternatives like heat pumps and gas boilers, providing an economical heating solution for homeowners.

Easy to install

Installation of electric storage heaters is straightforward and quick due to the absence of complex piping and moving parts.

Flexibility

Electric storage heaters can be installed in any room without the need for intricate piping arrangements, offering flexibility in home heating solutions.

Efficient

Electric heating systems prevent heat loss through flues or pipework, especially when integrated with solar PV panels, further reducing carbon emissions.

Silent

Electric heating systems operate silently, eliminating the disturbance caused by noisy boilers or pipes.

FAQs

Yes, homeowners have some degree of choice. Approved suppliers such as Creda, Dimplex, Heatstore, and Elnur provide options for storage heaters. Additionally, installers selected from scheme-approved professionals ensure compliance with the ECO4 Scheme.

Installation of storage heaters is expedited under the ECO4 Scheme, with a typical timeframe of 24 to 72 hours from approval. The process itself is swift, usually completed within a few hours.

The ECO4 Scheme encompasses various energy-saving measures beyond storage heater replacements, 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, as per funding rules, existing storage heaters must be removed when upgrading under the ECO4 grant. However, other heating systems in the home can remain unless they are old and inefficient.

Without a grant, the cost of a modern storage heater ranges from £150 to £200, with installation expenses adding £70 to £150. Total costs for purchasing and installing a new storage heater typically range from £220 to £350, which the ECO4 grant covers for eligible applicants.

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