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Storage Heater Replacement Grant

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Storage Heater Grant Scheme

The main criteria being that the property does not have central heating, and there is gas to the property. Its classsed as a Storage Heater Grant

Electric storage heaters are domestic heaters which store thermal energy and release it to heat your home when you need it. They are especially designed to convert cheap night time, off-peak electricity into thermal energy, store it, and then release it continuously throughout the day.  This is why they are sometimes referred to as night storage heaters.

Modern high heat retention electric storage heaters are much more energy efficient than their predecessors. They have better insulation to preserve the stored heat longer and a convection facility to top up the heat required for very cold days. They have LCD displays which allow you to see heat input & output levels and intelligent control systems which learn your heating requirements.

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Storage Heater Replacement Grant

Storage Heater Replacement Grant

The price of electricity supplied to our homes is much less when demand for it is lower, typically during the night time.

Electric storage heaters use this cheap night time electricity to store heat and then release it to warm your home during the day time when electricity is more expensive. Energy suppliers have introduced electricity tariffs such as Economy 7 which require a special meter to track day and night use of electricity, so that it can be charged at a different rate per kilowatt hour (kWh).

Old storage heaters contained very heavy, heat retaining clay bricks but modern, more energy efficient versions use a ceramic material or high density magnetite to store heat.

Offering the highest density and heat storage capacity, magnetite is extremely efficient at storing thermal energy but it also relies on excellent insulation to retain the heat.

Advantages of Storage Heaters

  • Storage heaters are individual heaters which do not rely on a main boiler or expensive pipework and plumbing. Consequently storage heaters are cheaper to install than gas or oil central heating systems.
  • Electric storage heaters can be installed in almost any home with an electricity supply and are an ideal heating solution when renovating an old property without a gas supply.
  • Storage heaters are very reliable, last a long time and compared to gas central heating systems require virtually no servicing or maintenance.
  • Additional storage heaters can be installed quite easily if you decide to build an extension to your home and it is relatively easy to replace individual storage heaters with newer, more energy efficient versions.

Disadvantages of Storage Heaters

  • Electric storage heaters are more expensive to run than central heating systems because even cheaper night time electricity costs more than gas.
  • Storage heaters can only release heat which was stored during the previous night so if it was switched off or heat storage levels are set too low, there will be insufficient heat to use the following day.
  • Although modern storage heaters are more controllable than older versions, they do not offer the same flexibility as gas central heating systems in providing instant heat.
  • By their very nature storage heaters only heat your home; you will need a separate system to provide hot water.

Free Storage Heaters Scheme - New for Old

The Free Storage Heaters Scheme is based on the ‘New for Old’ principle.

That means that you must have broken electric storage heaters installed in your property at the time that your ECO Accredited Surveyor visits your home.

If you qualify for Free Storage Heaters or a Storage Heater Grant towards the cost of replacing them, the installation company MUST be able to remove your old heaters.

Free Storage Heaters Grant Calculation

If you meet Storage Heater Grant Qualifying Criteria, your grant will be based on a number of factors, including:

  • The type of home you live in, i.e, detached, semi-detached, terraced or flat.
  • How many bedrooms there are in your home.
  • How well insulated your home is.
  • Whether it was constructed with cavity walls or solid walls.
  • Whether you have other forms of heating in addition to storage heaters.

Your storage heater grant will then be compared to the cost of installing the number and size of new heaters recommended by the ECO Scheme. From this, your installer will be able to assess whether any contribution from you will be required or not.  If not, you will have free storage heaters installed in your home to replace your old ones.

Free Storage Heaters - Qualifying Criteria for a Storage Heater Grant

There are 3 parts to Free Storage Heaters Qualifying Criteria and you MUST meet all of them to be awarded a Storage Heater Grant.

Firstly, you must live in your own home.

Secondly, you must receive at least one of the following State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances:

  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit
  • Income Support, Income-Related ESA or Income-Based JSA
  • DLA or PIP
  • Attendance Allowance or Carer’s Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Child Benefit (subject to maximum income thresholds)
  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces independence Payment

Thirdly, you must have at least one broken electric night storage heater installed in your home when your ECO Accredited Surveyor visits you.

Why was the Free Storage Heaters Scheme introduced?

As part of its policy to combat climate change, the government introduced the ECO Scheme as its flagship household energy efficiency initiative.

The ECO Scheme has two aims: reducing carbon emissions from UK domestic housing stock and cutting heating bills for low income households.

To help achieve this, ECO grants are offered to replace old, inefficient heating systems and install new ones, and also to install insulation.

To qualify for a storage heater grant or even free storage heaters, there must be someone receiving one of the qualifying benefits who lives permanently at the property.

Will it cost me anything?

The initial survey is free of charge and there are no administration fees to the free storage heaters scheme.

However, if your storage heater grant is not high enough to pay for the installation of new storage heaters you may be asked to make a contribution.

You will not know this until after the free survey and you can withdraw your application without charge.

Eco Green Experts exsplain the Governments Eco 3 scheme

Eco Green Experts exsplain the Governments Eco 3 scheme

Eco Green Experts Work hand in hand with the The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty to offer certain critira home a Free Boiler Grant.

The scheme began in April 2013, and over time it has been amended. The latest policy, ECO3, commenced on 3 December 2018, and applies to measures completed from 1 October 2018.

You can see a summary of the changes made to the scheme in 2018 on the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s.

This ECO policy will be entirely formed from one obligation, the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO). Under HHCRO, obligated suppliers must mainly promote measures which improve the ability of low income, fuel poor and vulnerable households to heat their homes. This includes actions that result in heating savings, such as the replacement of a broken heating system or the upgrade of an inefficient heating system.

Under ECO2t, which ran from 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2018, suppliers were also required to deliver against an additional obligation called the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO).

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