FREE Electric
Heating Iverness

Free Electric Heating Iverness

Envirohomes Renewables is a pioneering force in Scotland’s electric heating industry, offering innovative and energy-efficient heating solutions that significantly lower energy bills, enhance the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of homes, and reduce the carbon footprint of households. Our team, renowned for their expertise and reliability, has successfully executed numerous electric heating projects across Scotland. This excellence has positioned us as a local leader in renewable home services, a status validated by our prestigious industry accreditations:

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

Our specialized team of electric heating engineers excels in managing ECO 4 grants, providing detailed, fully funded assistance to eligible households. Below, you will find an in-depth look at the criteria required for eligibility.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) scheme is a key UK government initiative designed to boost home energy efficiency across the nation. It offers essential home upgrades, such as free heat pumps and insulation, targeting support towards low-income households and those in rural communities. This scheme is a critical component of the country’s push towards carbon neutrality.

Initiated in April 2022, ECO4 is the latest phase in the ongoing ECO program, with a planned duration until March 31, 2026. It is instrumental in the government’s long-term plan to enhance sustainability in homes by 2035.

ECO4’s main goal is to provide vulnerable families with the means to improve their homes’ energy efficiency, leading to more sustainable living conditions. These upgrades go beyond just energy efficiency; they also aim to reduce carbon emissions significantly, contributing to the UK’s overarching goal of sustained environmental sustainability.

What makes ECO4 different from ECO3?

The ECO4 and ECO3 schemes share similar principles, but there are some important differences that set them apart. These differences include:

What is
Electric Storage Heating?

Electric storage heating is an innovative heating solution, particularly beneficial for Dumfries residents. It utilizes electricity to generate heat during off-peak hours—typically overnight when electricity rates are lower—and then releases this stored heat during the day. This system stands out for its efficiency and cost-effectiveness, making it an ideal choice for areas where other heating sources might be less accessible or practical.

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: Capitalizing on lower electricity rates at night, these heaters efficiently store heat for subsequent use
  2. Heat retention: Using specially designed materials, the heaters retain heat until it is required, ensuring effective energy use.
  3. Heat release: The stored heat is released in a controlled manner, maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature.
  4. Thermostat control: The stored heat is released in a controlled manner, maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature.
  5. Economy 7/ Time-of-use tariffs: Designed to operate with tariffs like Economy 7, these heaters optimize energy costs by utilizing electricity during off-peak hours.

Who Qualifies For Free Electric Storage Heating In Scotland?

The eligibility for the ECO4 scheme is determined by a set of criteria designed to ensure that the support reaches those in need:

Grant eligibility

If you’re residing in Kilmarnock as a homeowner or a tenant (with your landlord’s approval), you could be eligible for assistance if your living situation matches any of the criteria listed below:

  • The total yearly income of your household does not exceed £31,000.
  • There is a child aged under five years living in your residence.
  • At least one member of your household is aged 65 or older, is vulnerable, or has specific health conditions.
  • Your home is in a location known for cold living conditions.
  • For homeowners, your property must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F, or G. If you are renting, the property should have an EPC rating of E, F, or G.
  • Priority is often given to homes with inefficient heating systems or inadequate cavity wall insulation.

It’s important to note that a thorough assessment

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?

For residents who do not meet these criteria, other government ECO Scheme benefits under ECO4 Flex options may still be available. These include different forms of energy efficiency improvements, offering a range of options for homeowners and renters alike.

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

At Envirohomes Renewables, we are committed to assisting Dumfries residents in navigating the application process for eco-friendly heating solutions. Our process is designed to be user-friendly and comprehensive, ensuring that applicants receive the support they need at every step.

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: Utilizing off-peak electricity rates leads to significant savings on energy bills, making these heaters an economically and environmentally sound choice.
  • Energy efficiency: They often prove more economical, potentially lowering your energy bills by utilizing off-peak electricity rates
  • Gas free operation: Ideal for homes without gas lines or for those preferring non-gas appliances.
  • Simple installation: Especially convenient if your property already has an electricity supply.
  • Low maintenance: Especially convenient if your property already has an electricity supply.
  • Reduced carbon emissions: Particularly effective if your electricity is sourced from renewables, in comparison to fossil fuel-based heating systems.
  • No boiler required: Eliminating the need for a boiler can be cost-effective, particularly in homes without existing central heating systems.

FAQs

The time frame for implementing energy efficiency improvements varies based on the type, complexity, property size, layout, and other factors. Some measures may take only a few hours or a day, while more complex installations like ground-source heat pumps might require more time. For instance, cavity wall insulation might take about two days, whereas solid wall insulation could extend to several weeks.

Subject to eligibility, the ECO4 grant can cover free boilers, solar panels, air source heat pumps, and various insulation options like loft, roof, cavity wall, and draught-proofing. To check your eligibility for the ECO4 grant, you can use Envirohomes Renewables’ online platform or call 0141 459 0292 for assistance. Envirohomes Renewables will also guide you through the ECO4 funding application process.

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