FREE Electric
Heating

Isle of Arran

Free Electric Heating Isle of Arran

Envirohomes Renewables stands as the premier choice for electric heating engineering solutions across Scotland. With a steadfast commitment to energy efficiency, our solutions not only slash your energy bills but also elevate your EPC rating while shrinking your carbon footprint. Boasting numerous accreditations, we are the local leader in renewable home services, delivering excellence in every project we undertake.

Our team of electric heating engineers specializes in securing ECO 4 grants, ensuring fully funded services for households in need. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) scheme, a cornerstone of the UK government’s sustainability efforts, targets enhancing energy efficiency in homes, particularly benefitting low-income and rural households. Launched in April 2022 and slated until March 31, 2026, ECO4 aims to foster sustainable living environments with enhanced energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions, aligning with long-term sustainability objectives.

What makes ECO4 different from ECO3?

While ECO4 and ECO3 share similar principles, several key differences set them apart:

What is
Electric Storage Heating?

Electric storage heating harnesses electricity to generate heat during off-peak hours, typically overnight when electricity rates dip, storing this heat for release during the day when required. This system capitalizes on time-of-use electricity tariffs, ideal for regions where alternative heating sources are impractical or scarce. With its energy-efficient operation, electric storage heating not only trims energy bills but also enhances overall sustainability.

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, electric storage heaters draw electricity from the national grid, heating up core materials, typically ceramic bricks, for subsequent heat storage.
  2. Heat retention: Heated materials retain heat over extended periods, releasing it as needed within the home.
  3. Heat release: As ambient temperatures drop or occupants seek warmth, stored heat gradually disperses from the heater.
  4. Thermostat control: Modern electric storage heaters feature thermostats regulating heat release, optimizing warmth while curbing excessive electricity consumption.
  5. Economy 7/ Time-of-use tariffs: Electric storage heaters complement special electricity tariffs like Economy 7, offering lower rates during off-peak hours to incentivize electricity usage during periods of reduced demand.

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

  • Homeownership or renting from a private landlord with permission.
  • Household income below £31,000 annually or residence of a child under five or an individual over 65 with vulnerabilities.
  • Residence in an area susceptible to cold living conditions.
  • EPC rating of D, E, F, or G for homeowners, and E, F, or G for renters.
  • Grant funding prioritizes homes with inefficient energy heating systems or inadequate cavity wall insulation.

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 those not eligible for traditional grant funding, alternative options are available through the Government ECO Scheme, including ECO4 Flex options covering energy efficiency enhancements such as boiler replacements, central heating grants, insulation grants, or electric heater grants.

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

At Envirohomes Renewables, we’re committed to assisting you in harnessing the advantages of eco-friendly solutions for your home, all while ensuring a seamless application process. Our services are supported by the Scottish government’s ECO4 funding, and our professionals excel in installing eco-friendly boilers, solar panels, insulation, and heat pumps.

Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to help you through the application process:

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: Leveraging off-peak electricity rates, electric storage heaters trim energy bills by storing and releasing heat strategically.
  • Energy efficiency: By reducing constant energy consumption, these heaters significantly enhance energy efficiency
  • No gas required: Ideal for homes without gas access or for those preferring gas-free appliances.
  • Simple installation: Straightforward installation and minimal maintenance make electric storage heaters hassle-free.
  • 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: Pairing with renewable electricity sources mitigates carbon emissions, aligning with sustainability goals
  • No boiler required: Eliminating the need for a boiler lowers upfront installation costs, particularly beneficial for homes lacking central heating.

FAQs

The timeframe for energy improvements varies based on factors such as measure type, complexity, property size, layout, and environmental considerations. While some improvements may take a few hours to a day, others may extend to several days or weeks.

The ECO4 grant encompasses various enhancements, including free boilers, solar panels, air source heat pumps, and home insulation, spanning loft, roof, and cavity wall insulation, alongside draught-proofing. To assess eligibility, access our online platform or contact us directly for assistance. We’ll guide you through the ECO4 funding application process seamlessly.

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