FREE Electric
Heating Falkirk

Free Electric Heating Falkirk

In the heart of Scotland, Envirohomes Renewables stands out as a distinguished provider of electric heating engineering. We are renowned for delivering energy-efficient heating solutions that not only curtail energy expenses but also enhance the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of homes. Our proficiency is evident in the successful completion of countless electric heating projects across Scotland. Our commitment to excellence is further underscored by our attainment of the industry’s most esteemed accreditations:

  • Recognition for Qualitymark Protection
  • Certification from the Gas Safe Register
  • Compliance with PAS 2030 Standards
  • Accreditation by Elmhurst Energy Assessment

Our adept team specializes in ECO 4 grants, offering fully funded services to benefit-eligible households. The ECO4 initiative, a cornerstone of the UK government’s strategy, is geared towards enhancing the energy efficiency of homes. This includes the provision of home improvements such as complimentary heat pumps and insulation, benefiting low-income and rural households and supporting the nation’s shift towards carbon neutrality.

Launched in April 2022, ECO4 marks the continuation of the ECO program, extending till March 2026. It plays a pivotal role in the government’s vision to foster sustainable homes by 2035. ECO4’s primary focus is on equipping vulnerable households with energy-efficient solutions, thereby creating environmentally friendly living spaces with enhanced energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.

What makes ECO4 different from ECO3?

The distinction between the ECO4 and ECO3 programs lies in their approach and focus areas. Here’s a breakdown of how ECO4 differs from its predecessor:

What is
Electric Storage Heating?

Electric storage heating is a type of heating system that uses electricity to generate heat during off-peak hours. This is usually overnight when electricity rates are lower. Then, these heating systems release the stored heat during the day when you need it.

Typically, these systems are designed to take advantage of time-of-use electricity tariffs and are often used in areas where other heating sources might be less practical or available. They can also help to save on energy bills since they are more energy efficient than other systems.

How electric storage heaters work?

Electric storage heaters are an innovative solution for home heating, particularly effective in Falkirk. Here’s a detailed breakdown of how they function:

  1. Off-peak charging: These heaters capitalize on off-peak hours, usually at night, to draw electricity. This period typically witnesses a lower demand for electricity, making it cost-effective. The heater uses this electricity to heat up a core material, commonly ceramic bricks or similar heat-retaining substances.
  2. Heat retention: Post-heating, the core material retains this heat for extended durations. This attribute ensures that the heat is conserved until it’s required for use in your home.
  3. Heat release: As the day progresses and the need for warmth increases, either due to a drop in temperature or the preference of the occupants, the heater gradually releases the stored heat.
  4. Thermostat control: Modern electric storage heaters are equipped with thermostats. This feature allows you to control the release of heat, ensuring your home remains comfortably warm while optimizing electricity usage and cost.
  5. Economy 7/ Time-of-use tariffs: These heaters are often paired with specific electricity tariffs like ‘Economy 7’. These tariffs offer lower rates during off-peak hours, and higher rates during peak times. This setup is designed to motivate the consumption of electricity when the demand is lower, promoting energy efficiency and cost savings.

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 must either be the homeowner or rent from a private landlord (with the landlord’s consent).
  • Your eligibility includes:
    • Households with a combined income of less than £31,000 per year.
    • Homes with a child under five years old.
    • Households with a member over 65 years old, who is vulnerable or has specific health issues.
  • Geographical Location: Priority is given to households in areas more susceptible to colder conditions.
  • Energy Performance Rating: Homeowners require an EPC rating between D and G, while renters need an EPC rating of E, F, or G.
  • Current Heating and Insulation Status: Homes with inefficient heating systems or poor cavity wall insulation are considered.

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?

Envirohomes Renewables stands at the forefront in Falkirk, offering eco-friendly heating solutions that not only lower energy costs but also contribute to a greener environment. Our commitment is underpinned by an array of services endorsed by the Scottish government’s ECO4 funding, ensuring both quality and sustainability.

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: Electric storage heaters are often more cost-effective and can reduce your energy bills because they take advantage of off-peak electricity rates. They store heat during off-peak hours when electricity is cheaper and then release it during the day.
  • 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.

FAQs

The time required to implement energy improvements in a home depends on the type and complexity of the measures that are taken. It may also depend on the size of the property, the layout, and other environmental factors.

While some energy improvements may take a few hours to a day to complete, others may take several days to weeks to complete.

For example, installing ground-source heat pumps is a more complex task and will require more time to install and get up and running than air-source heat pumps. Similarly, cavity wall insulation may take around two days to complete, while solid wall insulation can take several days to weeks.

Provided you meet the relevant criteria, you could be eligible for the following under the ECO4 grant: free boilers, solar panels, air source heat pumps and home insulation, which includes loft, roof and cavity wall insulation as well as draught-proofing.

If you are interested in one of these ECO4 grants, you will first need to assess your eligibility. To streamline this process, Evirohomes Renewables has an online platform where you can easily check your eligibility. Alternatively, you can also call 0141 459 0292 for assistance. Thereafter, Envirohomes Renewables will also help you through the ECO4 funding application process.

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