FREE Electric
Heating Isle of Bute

Free Electric Heating Isle of Bute

At Envirohomes Renewables, we’re renowned as the leading electric heating engineers in Scotland. Our energy-efficient electric heating solutions not only reduce your energy bills but also enhance your EPC rating while decreasing your carbon footprint. With a wealth of experience in completing numerous electric heating projects across Scotland, we’ve earned the highest industry accreditations, including:

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

Our team specializes in ECO 4 grants, providing fully funded services to households eligible for benefits. Read on to learn more about the qualification process.

The ECO4 scheme, introduced by the UK government, aims to enhance energy efficiency in homes by offering free heat pumps and insulation. This initiative targets low-income households and rural areas, aligning with the nation’s carbon-neutral goals. Running from April 2022 until March 31, 2026, ECO4 focuses on providing energy-efficient measures to vulnerable households, fostering sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.

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 is a system that utilizes electricity to produce heat during off-peak hours, typically overnight when electricity rates are lower. This heat is stored within the system and released throughout the day when needed. These systems are designed to capitalize on time-of-use electricity tariffs, making them ideal for areas where other heating options may be impractical or unavailable. They offer energy efficiency, potentially reducing energy bills compared to other heating methods.

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 (typically at night), the demand for electricity is lower. This is when electric storage heaters draw electricity from the national grid and store it. The electricity is used to heat up the core material, which is often made from ceramic bricks or other heat-retaining materials inside of the heaters.
  2. Heat retention: Once the material is heated, it can retain the heat for long periods of time. Therefore, it retains the heat until it is needed within the home.
  3. Heat release: Throughout the day, the ambient temperature starts to drop or occupants of the home start to need more warmth. Naturally, this means that the stored heat is slowly released from the heater.
  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 must be a homeowner or have permission from a private landlord if renting.
  • At least one household member must meet certain criteria, including being part of a low-income household (with a combined income of less than £31,000 per year), having a child under five years old in the household, or having a household member over 65 years old who is vulnerable or has specific health conditions.
  • The household must reside in an area vulnerable to cold living conditions.
  • Homeowners must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F, or G, while renters should have a rating of E, F, or G to qualify.
  • Grant funding is typically prioritized for homes with inefficient energy heating systems or poor cavity wall insulation.
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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?

In the event that you do not qualify for any of the aforementioned benefits, but still meet certain criteria for grant funding, you may still be eligible for the Government ECO Scheme through various ECO4 Flex options. These options encompass energy efficiency enhancements such as a replacement gas boiler, a first-time central heating grant, insulation grant, or an electric heater grant.

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: They can reduce energy bills by taking advantage of off-peak electricity rates.
  • 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 duration of energy efficiency improvements depends on factors such as the type and complexity of the measures, property size, layout, and environmental considerations. While some improvements may be completed within hours or a day, others may take several days to weeks.

The ECO4 grant may cover various enhancements, including free boilers, solar panels, air source heat pumps, and home insulation, comprising loft, roof, and cavity wall insulation, as well as draught-proofing. To determine eligibility and streamline the application process, Envirohomes Renewables offers an online eligibility check or assistance via phone. We’ll also guide you through the ECO4 funding application process.

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