FREE Electric
Heating Isle Of Lewis &
Harris

Free Electric Heating Lewis Harris

Envirohomes Renewables proudly stands as the premier choice for electric heating engineers in Scotland, renowned for our commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability. Our cutting-edge electric heating solutions not only slash your energy bills but also elevate your home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating and diminish your carbon footprint. With a plethora of successful electric heating projects under our belt, we’ve earned top accreditations in the industry, including Qualitymark Protection, Gas Safe Register, PAS 2030 Certification, and Elmhurst Energy Assessment Accreditation.

Our team of electric heating engineers specializes in facilitating ECO 4 grants, offering fully funded services to eligible households, particularly those on benefits. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) scheme, a pioneering initiative by the UK government, targets the enhancement of energy efficiency in homes by providing free heat pumps and insulation. Designed to assist low-income households and rural areas, ECO4 aligns with the nation’s ambitious carbon-neutral objectives.

Introduced in April 2022, ECO4 marks the latest phase in the ECO program, slated to continue until March 31, 2026. It forms a pivotal component of the government’s long-term strategy to foster sustainability in homes by 2035. ECO4 prioritizes energy-efficient measures for vulnerable households, striving to create sustainable living spaces with enhanced energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. This strategic initiative represents a significant leap forward in the quest for long-term environmental sustainability.

What makes ECO4 different from ECO3?

While ECO4 shares fundamental principles with its predecessor, ECO3, several crucial distinctions set them apart:

What is
Electric Storage Heating?

Electric storage heating stands out as a revolutionary system designed to harness electricity efficiently for home heating, particularly during off-peak hours. This technology capitalizes on lower electricity rates typically available overnight, storing heat generated during these periods for release during the day when it’s most needed. Primarily utilized in areas where conventional heating sources may be impractical or inaccessible, electric storage heating offers remarkable energy-saving benefits, making it a popular choice for homeowners seeking cost-effective and eco-friendly heating solutions.

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 within their core material. This core material, often composed of ceramic bricks or other heat-retaining substances, serves as the reservoir for storing heat.
  2. Heat retention: Once the core material is heated, it retains the warmth for extended periods, ensuring a steady supply of heat when required within the home.
  3. Heat release: As ambient temperatures drop throughout the day or occupants demand increased warmth, the stored heat is gradually released from the heater, maintaining optimal comfort levels indoors.
  4. Thermostat control: Modern electric storage heaters are equipped with thermostats to regulate the heat output, allowing residents to adjust temperature settings according to their preferences. This not only ensures comfort but also facilitates energy conservation, leading to substantial savings on heating bills.
  5. Economy 7/ Time-of-use tariffs: Electric storage heaters often operate in tandem with specialized electricity tariffs such as Economy 7. These tariffs offer reduced electricity rates during off-peak hours, incentivizing users to utilize electricity when demand is lower, thus optimizing energy consumption and cost-efficiency.

Who Qualifies For Free Electric Storage Heating In Scotland?

To be eligible for free electric storage heaters and systems under the ECO4 scheme in Scotland, households and individuals must meet specific criteria, including:

Grant eligibility

  • Homeownership or renting from a private landlord with permission.
  • Meeting income criteria, including low-income households with a combined income below £31,000 per year.
  • Presence of a child under the age of five in the household or a household member over 65 vulnerable to certain health conditions.
  • Residing in an area vulnerable to cold living conditions.
  • Attaining an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F, or G for homeowners, or E, F, or G for renters.
  • Having inefficient energy heating systems or poor cavity wall insulation. Note: All homes must undergo an assessment to determine eligibility.
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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?

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?

Are you looking to upgrade to eco-friendly heating solutions while saving on energy bills? Envirohomes Renewables is here to assist you every step of the way. Backed by the Scottish government’s ECO4 funding, we specialize in providing top-notch installations of eco-friendly boilers, solar panels, insulation, and heat pumps. Our commitment is to make the application process seamless and straightforward for you. Here’s how you can apply for free electric storage heating in Scotland:

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 duration varies depending on the type and complexity of the measures, property size, layout, and environmental factors. Some improvements may take a few hours to a day, while others may take several days to weeks.

The ECO4 grant covers free boilers, solar panels, air source heat pumps, and home insulation, including loft, roof, cavity wall insulation, and draught-proofing. To assess your eligibility and streamline the application process, you can utilize our online platform or contact us for assistance.

With Envirohomes Renewables, transitioning to eco-friendly heating solutions has never been easier. Contact us today to start your journey towards a more sustainable and energy-efficient home.

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