FREE Electric
Heating Isle of Skye

Free Electric Heating Isle of Skye

Envirohomes Renewables stands as the premier choice for electric heating solutions on the Isle of Skye, boasting a solid local reputation for excellence. Our commitment to energy efficiency not only reduces energy bills but also enhances the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of your property while significantly reducing your carbon footprint. With a wealth of experience in executing electric heating projects, we hold the highest industry accreditations, ensuring top-notch service delivery.

Envirohomes Renewables upholds stringent quality and safety standards, as evidenced by our esteemed accreditations:

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

Our team of electric heating engineers specializes in leveraging ECO 4 grants, providing fully funded services to eligible households. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) scheme, initiated 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. ECO4, the latest phase in the ECO program, emphasizes energy-efficient measures to create sustainable homes, contributing to long-term environmental sustainability.

What makes ECO4 different from ECO3?

While ECO4 shares similar principles with its predecessor, ECO3, notable differences set them apart:

What is
Electric Storage Heating?

Electric storage heating is a smart heating solution that harnesses electricity to generate heat during off-peak hours, typically overnight when electricity rates are lower. These systems store the generated heat and release it during the day when needed, providing efficient heating for homes on the Isle of Skye. Let’s delve into 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, electric storage heaters draw electricity from the national grid and store it. The electricity is used to heat up the core material, typically made from ceramic bricks or other heat-retaining materials inside the heaters.
  2. Retaining the heat: 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. Releasing the heat: As temperatures drop or occupants require more warmth during the day, the stored heat is slowly released from the heaters.
  4. Controlling the thermostat: 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 paired with special electricity tariffs like Economy 7, offering lower rates during off-peak hours to encourage energy consumption when demand is lower.

Who Qualifies For Free Electric Storage Heating In Scotland?

To be eligible for free electric storage heating under the ECO4 scheme in Lothians, you must meet specific criteria:

Grant eligibility

  • Homeownership or renting from a private landlord with consent.
  • Meeting certain household criteria such as low income (household income below £31,000 per year), presence of a child under five years old, or a household member over 65 years old facing vulnerability or health conditions.
  • Residing in an area vulnerable to cold living conditions.
  • Possession of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F, or G for homeowners, or E, F, or G for renters.
  • Priority is given to homes with inefficient energy heating systems or poor 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?

If you don’t meet the criteria for grant funding mentioned above, there are still options available through the Government ECO Scheme, including ECO4 Flex options. These options cover various energy efficiency improvements such as replacement gas boilers, first-time central heating grants, insulation grants, or electric heater grants.

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

At Envirohomes Renewables, our mission is to facilitate access to eco-friendly solutions for your home. We are committed to making the process of upgrading to energy-efficient systems as seamless as possible. Our services are bolstered by the ECO4 funding from the Scottish government, and our team of professionals specializes in installing eco-friendly heating solutions such as boilers, solar panels, insulation, and heat pumps. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the application process for these upgrades:

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: We take a comprehensive approach to assess your home’s energy needs. As part of the application process, we conduct an energy assessment, ventilation assessment, and insulation assessment. Our goal is to provide you with a holistic overview of the measures that will benefit you the most. You’ll receive a personalized report outlining the recommended upgrades tailored to your home.
  • Energy efficiency:By storing and slowly releasing heat, electric storage heaters minimize constant energy consumption, resulting in lower monthly energy bills.
  • No gas required: Ideal for homes without access to gas lines or for those preferring not to use gas appliances.
  • Simple installation: Ideal for homes without access to gas lines or for those preferring not to use gas appliances.
  • 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 uses renewable sources, electric storage heaters can help reduce your carbon footprint compared to fossil fuel-based heating systems.
  • No boiler required: Electric storage heaters eliminate the need for a boiler, reducing upfront installation costs, making them suitable for homes without existing central heating systems.

FAQs

The timeframe for implementing energy efficiency improvements varies based on the type and complexity of the measures, property size, layout, and environmental factors. While some improvements may take a few hours to a day, others, such as ground-source heat pump installations or cavity wall insulation, may take several days to weeks.

The ECO4 grant covers a range of upgrades, including free boilers, solar panels, air source heat pumps, and home insulation, encompassing loft, roof, and cavity wall insulation, as well as draught-proofing. To determine your eligibility and initiate the application process, you can utilize Envirohomes Renewables’ online platform or contact us directly for assistance.

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