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Storage Heater Replacement Old For New!

Storage Heater Replacement Old For New!

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Storage Heater Replacement Old For New!

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 Old For New!

Storage Heater Replacement Grant

Free Storage Heaters – New for Old 

The Affordable Warmth Scheme was introduced to reduce the heating bills of those on certain state benefits by replacing old inefficient electric storage heaters with new modern, energy efficient storage heaters.

The scheme is based strictly on replacing inefficient electric storage heaters with their modern equivalents.

Unfortunately, at the moment storage heater grants are not available to install new storage heaters if you don’t already have any currently installed in your home. This may change however, under Space Heating rules, where a home has an insufficient number of electric storage heaters to heat all of the rooms.

How are Free Storage Heaters Grants calculated?

The amount of your storage heater grant is based on the type and size of your home, how many bedrooms you have, how many external walls it has and several other factors.

However, although some householders may qualify for free storage heaters, others may have to contribute to the cost of installation, especially if you have a high number of heaters relative to the size of your home.

Free Storage Heaters – Free Survey

We will only know after your free survey has been carried out whether you will have to pay towards your new electric storage heaters. If you are not happy with the amount of any contribution, you can withdraw your application without cost.

Remember though, any contribution you make will be offset by lower heating costs in future.

The areas of the UK where householders are less likely to be connected to a mains gas supply are Cumbria, Scotland and Wales. Householders in these areas are urged to apply for their free storage heaters before Affordable Warmth Scheme funding is withdrawn.

Energy Company Obligations (ECO)

Free storage heaters grants are determined by the type of home you live in, how large it is and how many bedrooms you have. This favours householders who live in large houses with just a few electric storage heaters and discriminates against those living in small homes and flats which have many storage heaters.

This is because the grants are based on the carbon emissions reduction achieved by installing more energy efficient electric storage heaters. And greater savings can be made in larger properties, so they attract higher grants.

Consequently, although free storage heaters are available under the Affordable Warmth Scheme if you live in a flat, if you have more than 4 or 5 faulty storage heaters, you may be asked to contribute to the cost of your new storage heaters.

This is because your grant may be insufficient to cover the total cost of installation.

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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