FREE Electric
Heating Borders

Free Electric Heating Borders

Envirohomes Renewables has solidified its reputation as the leading electric heating engineers in Scotland, thanks to our unwavering dedication to providing energy-efficient solutions. Our focus extends beyond simply reducing energy bills; we aim to elevate your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating while simultaneously diminishing your carbon footprint. Backed by extensive experience and a portfolio of successful projects across Scotland, we have earned recognition as industry leaders, supported by the highest accreditations:

  • Qualitymark Protection
  • Gas Safe Register
  • PAS 2030 Certification
  • Elmhurst Energy Assessment Accreditation

Our specialization in ECO 4 grants underscores our commitment to serving households on benefits, ensuring they receive fully funded services. Let’s delve into the qualification process and the myriad benefits offered by the ECO4 scheme.

Introduced by the UK government in April 2022, the ECO4 scheme represents a concerted effort to bolster energy efficiency in homes by providing complimentary heat pumps and insulation. Specifically tailored to cater to low-income households and rural residences, ECO4 dovetails with the country’s ambitious carbon-neutral objectives. Operating until March 31, 2026, ECO4 forms an integral component of the government’s overarching strategy to achieve sustainable housing by 2035, with a sharp focus on enhancing energy efficiency and curbing carbon emissions in vulnerable households.

What makes ECO4 different from ECO3?

While ECO4 and its predecessor, ECO3, share foundational principles, they diverge in several key aspects:

What is
Electric Storage Heating?

Electric storage heating is a revolutionary system designed to optimize energy consumption and minimize costs for homeowners. Particularly pertinent for areas like the Borders, where alternative heating sources may be limited, electric storage heating utilizes electricity to generate and store heat during off-peak hours, typically overnight when electricity rates are lower. This stored heat is then released throughout the day, ensuring a comfortable indoor environment when needed most.

Let’s delve into the mechanics of how electric storage heaters operate:

How electric storage heaters work?

To give you an illustration of how electric storage heaters work, we’ve created a simple step-by-step guide on the process they use:

  1. Off-peak charging: During off-peak hours, usually at night, when the demand for electricity is diminished, electric storage heaters draw power from the national grid. This electricity is utilized to heat up the core material within the heaters, often composed of ceramic bricks or other heat-retaining substances.
  2. Heat retention: Once the core material is sufficiently heated, it has the remarkable ability to retain heat for extended periods. This stored heat remains dormant until required, ensuring a steady and consistent warmth within the home.
  3. Heat release: As the ambient temperature drops throughout the day or occupants require additional warmth, the stored heat is gradually released from the heaters, maintaining a comfortable indoor climate.
  4. Thermostat control: Most modern electric storage heaters come with a thermostat to control the amount of heat that is released. This can help residents warm their homes up sufficiently to keep out the chill while saving excess electricity (and a lot of money on heating bills). They are usually more energy efficient than other systems.
  5. Economy 7/ Time-of-use tariffs: Electric storage heaters are often used together with special electricity tariffs called ‘Economy 7’ (or similar variations). These tariffs offer lower electricity rates during off-peak hours when there is less demand and higher rates during daytime hours. This is primarily to encourage users to consume electricity when the demand is lower.

Who Qualifies For Free Electric Storage Heating In Scotland?

In Scotland, you’ll need to meet certain qualifying criteria to be eligible for free electric storage heaters and systems under the ECO4 scheme. These eligible households and individuals include:

Grant eligibility

  • You’re a homeowner or you’re renting from a private landlord (and have gotten the landlord’s permission).

  • If at least one resident of your household meets the following criteria:
    • Low-income households where the combined household income is less than £31,000 per year.
    • A child under the age of five years old resides in the house.
    • One of the household members is over 65 years old and is also vulnerable or suffers from certain health conditions.

  • The household lives in an area that is vulnerable to cold living conditions.

  • Your current Energy Performance Certificate or EPC rating is D, E, F, or G (this only applies to homeowners). If you’re renting, your EPC rating should be E, F, or G to quality.

  • Grant funding is usually given to homes with inefficient energy heating systems or that have poor cavity wall insulation.

Note: It’s important to remember that all homes are required to undergo an assessment to determine whether they meet the qualifying criteria.

Qualifying allowances

  • JSA:
    Income-based Job-Seekers Allowance
  • ESA:
    Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Qualifying benefits

  • Housing benefit
  • Child benefit

Qualifying credits

  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Working Tax Credits (WTC)

What if you don't qualify for grant funding?

If you don’t receive any of the above benefits but you still meet certain criteria for grant funding, you may be eligible for the Government ECO Scheme through some ECO4 Flex options. This includes options for energy efficiency improvements like a replacement gas boiler, a first-time central heating grant, an insulation grant, or an electric heater grant.

How Do I Apply
For Free Electric Storage Heating
In Scotland?

At Envirohomes Renewables, we’re dedicated to helping you harness the benefits of eco-friendly solutions for your home. Our services are backed by the Scottish government’s ECO4 funding, offering fully funded services to eligible households. To guide you through the application process, follow these simple steps:

What are the Advantages of Electric Storage Heating?

Electric storage heaters offer a ton of advantages for you and your home. Some of the main benefits of installing electric storage heating in your home include:

  • Cost-effectiveness: Take advantage of off-peak electricity rates to reduce energy bills.
  • Energy efficiency: When they are used correctly, electric storage heaters are great for energy efficiency. By storing and slowly releasing heat, they reduce the need for constant energy consumption (which, again, is beneficial for lowering the cost of your monthly energy bills).
  • No gas required: Electric storage heaters don’t require any gas to operate, making them a great choice for homes that don’t have access to gas lines. They’re also a good option for homeowners who prefer not to use gas appliances.
  • Simple installation: The installation of electric storage heaters is relatively straightforward, especially if you already have an electricity supply.
  • Low maintenance: Electric storage heaters have fewer moving parts compared to more traditional heating systems. This means they need less maintenance and there are fewer points of failure for something to go wrong.
  • Reduced carbon emissions: If your electricity provider generates electricity from renewable sources, using electric storage heaters can help to reduce your carbon footprint. This is in direct comparison with other heating systems that rely on the use of fossil fuels.
  • No boiler required: Electric storage heaters don’t require a boiler, which is usually the cause of high upfront installation costs. This can be particularly helpful if your home doesn’t have any existing central heating.


The time required depends on the type and complexity of measures, property size, layout, and environmental factors. While some improvements may take a few hours to a day, others may take several days to weeks. For example, installing ground-source heat pumps is more complex and time-consuming than air-source heat pumps. Similarly, cavity wall insulation may take around two days, while solid wall insulation can take several days to weeks.

The ECO4 grant covers free boilers, solar panels, air source heat pumps, and home insulation, including loft, roof, cavity wall insulation, and draught-proofing. To assess your eligibility and streamline the process, Envirohomes Renewables offers an online platform or assistance via phone. We’ll guide you through the ECO4 funding application process to help you benefit from these grants.

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