Government Grants For Storage Heaters – Free Replacement [2022]


Government Grants For Storage Heaters – Free Replacement [2022]




Replacing Old Storage Heaters?  Do It For Free !



Many properties in the Uk particularly flats are heated by electric storage heaters / economy 7 heaters which unfortunately is the most expensive form of heating at the moment.

People regularly spend  well over £25 per week just to heat their homes.

We will  also  help you make the most of your heaters as well as reducing reduce your bills. Read this blog.



Need New Storage Heaters?


Check if you are eligible for the free storage heaters grant before you go out and purchase some new ones.

This  government funded scheme is available for people on low income benefits to replace them 100% FREE OF CHARGE. As long as your heateres are over 10 years old , you are eligible to aplly.

Most people are unaware of this storage heater replacement scheme which has been available for the last few years .

If you receive a benefit such as disability or other non-working benefit, you should apply.




How Do Storage Heaters Work?




The easiest way to understand storage heaters is to visualise them as a big rechargeable battery.

They require charging every day and then they will discharge this stored energy contained within them throughout the day.

As  stated previously ,  you should program your heaters to charge up only when electric is at its cheapest which is during the middle of the

You can charge the storage heaters in the day also BUT you will be charged the peak rate  which can be 2 thirds moore.


Free Storage Heaters – Economy 7 or Economy 10 tariff.



Warm Front Grants
Warm Front Grants

To make the most of having storage heaters as your main heating, you will need to be on an Economy 7 or Economy 10 tariff.

With Economy 7 & 10 tariffs, the electricity is supplied to your home at two rates:

  • Expensive ‘peak-time’ electricity  –  daytime
  • Cheap ‘off-peak’ electricity.  –  Night time usually from 12 until 7 in the morning.

Both tariffs  come into play at night when electricity is cheapest so this is the time you should be charging your heaters up.

You could save two thirds of the price.

Unfortunately, a lot of people are not aware of this and end up charging their heaters at the wrong time which can be very expensive.



Best Practice For Running Storage Heaters


  1. The most effective and cheapest manner is to ensure is that you don’t use the peak electricity power switch unless absolutely necessary.
  2. Try to avoid using this unless in the middle of the winter when you need a heating boost.
  3. The idea is to make sure the storage heater only charges during off-peak hours.

During the winter

Set the input control to maximum to allow the most charging power to the storage heater.

During the summer

You may get away with turning the input control right down (or even off), since you won’t need much heat for the home.

Turn the output to zero when you are not at home or when you go to bed.



Free Insulation Is Included Too!



With electric being so expensive, a well-insulated house is a must to minimise any heat from escaping the property.

Grants are available for Free  insulation too. Your home will be checked and we can offer you free walls and Loft Insulation at the same time.

You cannot have the heaters changed if your home is not adequately insulated.




Grants For Storage Heating -Replace Old Heaters For Free! [2022]

Home Improvement Grants
Home Improvement Grants


Grants For Storage Heaters – This is the ultimate guide to  Storage Heaters Economy 7 , how they work and how you go about replacing them .

We explain what they are and how they work and……………………. WE INFORM YOU OF FREE ELECTRIC HEATING GRANTS TO REPLACE THEM TOO !

If you are looking to upgrade your old electric storage heaters  in the near future , you should look at replacing them now as there are free electric heating grants for all people on benefits to replace them FREE OF CHARGE!!!



What is Economy 7  Heating

Economy 7 heating is where electric heaters are charged up every night with electric heat  and then this heat is then released the next day very slowly.

Night Storage Heaters  store thermal energy by heating up internal ceramic bricks (effectively, ‘charging’ like a very large rechargeable battery) during the night when electric is at its cheapest.

Storage heaters are primarily designed for customers to benefit from off peak energy which is used to charge up these heaters on a nightly basis.

Storage heaters are usually the best option for households not connected to the gas grid and need to use electricity as a heat source. You will need an economy 7 meter for best use of them


What Is An Economy 7 Meter ?



Economy 7 meters, are separate meters which have to be specially installed taht  track day and night use of electricity separately.

Different kWh rate can be offered via an Economy 7 tariff – a bit like peak and off-peak phone calls. Night time electric is much cheaper and this is when your storage heaters should be charged up

This can be a good way of saving money for energy customers.


How does Economy 7 work?

Economy 7 allows you to get cheaper electricity for seven hours each night.

These tariffs use a different kind of electricity meter which, unlike a standard meter, can track the electricity you use during the day and at night separately.

You’re then charged those different rates for the electricity you use during the day and during the night. The day rate is omore expensive than day rates on a normal tariff, meaning that this doesn’t necessarily fit in with everyone’s lifestyle.

However, it could work for you if you tend to use more energy during the specified Economy 7 times.


Economy 7 Times


There are different times for when Economy 7 heat is charged, depending on your region.

See below table

Region Economy 7 off-peak times
North Scotland 11.30pm-7.30am
South Scotland 11.30pm-7.30am
North East 12.00am-7.00am OR 12.30am-7.30am
North West 12.30am-7.30am
Yorkshire 12.00am-7.00am
East Midlands 12.30am-7.30am
West Midlands 12.00am-7.00am
Merseyside and North Wales 12.30am-7.30am
South Wales Varies
South West Varies
London No standard off-peak time, but typically seven hours between 11pm and 7am
South East 10.30pm-12.30am and 2.30am-7.30am
Eastern 11.00pm-7.00am
Southern 11.30pm-6.30am OR 12.30am-7.30pm


Economy 7 Tarriffs


The table below shows the cost difference between the cheapest Economy 7 tariff with seven hours at off-peak rates and the cheapest normal, single rate electricity tariff.

Assuming 42% of electricity is used at night – the national average – an Economy 7 tariff could typically save around £22/year.



Cheapest Economy 7 12.1p/kWh 8p/kWh 22p/day £516/year
Cheapest normal 10.9/kWh 10.9p/kWh 22p/day £538/year

(1) Based on regulator Ofgem’s average usage figure for Economy 7 of 4,200 kilowatt hours (kWh) a year.

Economy 7 assumes 42% off-peak usage. Last updated: April 2020.




How Long does the heat usually last?

Free Central Heating
Free Central Heating

Typically, a storage heater will lose most of its stored heat over 12 hours.

But you can control when the heat is released by selecting a tariff and adjusting the storage heater’s controls.


Are Economy 7 Storage Heaters Cheap To Run ?

Storage heaters use off-peak electricity which is supplied from the national grid to your house, usually overnight when demand for electricity nationally is low.

It makes good economic sense for storage heaters to be charged up at this time hence the term night time storage heaters.


What Is Off Peak Energy & What Off Peak Tariffs Are Available ?

Many energy suppliers offer significant discounts on the use of electricity at night time as demand for power is significantly reduced.

This is called the ‘off-peak’ period and the companies reduce the cost of power between midnight and 7am.

The “Economy 7” tariff is the most well-known. Economy 10 is another one.

You get one meter which has two rates.

You pay normal prices during the day, but cheaper rates for seven hours during the night (usually 12pm-7am).





What  Brand is the most Efficient Economy 7 Storage Heater?


We have found that Dimplex And Fischer Economy 7 heaters are the most efficient for running costs.

New Heaters have a minimum energy efficiency rating

From 1 January 2018, all newly manufactured storage heaters must have certain features so that they comply with Lot20, part of the European Eco-design Directive.

All new electric storage heaters must meet a minimum energy efficiency rating of 38% for a heat output above 250W.

To meet this all new heaters have:

  • Digital programmers
  • Open window sensors
  • Electronic room temperature controls
  • Wi-fi controls


How Are Electric Storage Heaters Economy 7 Controlled?


Eco3 Grants

Thermostatic controls:

New heaters have thermostatic controls, which will get the room heated to your chosen temperature

Remote controls: some models can be controlled via remote or from your smart phone over wi-fi



What features do modern Storage Heaters have?


By Switching to a modern storage heater you will save up to 27% on running costs compared to traditional storage heaters.

  • Modern heaters have the ability to store just the right amount of energy to heat a room so no electricity is wasted.
  • Fan-assisted to quickly, quietly and more effectively distribute heat
  • Programmable room temperatures with timer profiles to save different settings for different days
  • Holiday mode to avoid spending money on heating empty rooms
  • LCD displays to make programming easy

Electric Storage Heater Running Costs.


The cost of running a storage heater depends on a range of different factors, including:

  • Room size and size and number of windows in the room.
  • The insulation in your home
  • The age and  type of glazing of your windows
  • The temperature you are comfortable with
  • The severity of the weather in your area


Safety Tips For Electric Storage Heaters


  • Never cover any air vents on your storage heaters
  • Avoid placing anything flammable near your storage heater
  • Ensure a gap of at least 16cm exists between your curtains and the top of your heater
  • Install a storage heater guard to protect children
  • Make sure your storage heaters are installed by a qualified electrician


Pros of storage heaters


Siting Of Heaters – They are easy to install, can be situated anywhere that electricity can be wired.  so they are more flexible and can be installed in many more situations than traditional radiators as there is no pipe work involved.

Maintenance Free – Heaters are relatively maintenance free as they have no moving parts or liquids and they tend to have a longer life-span than traditional heating methods.

Space Saving –Modern storage heaters are very different to the old systems people               may remember. Slimmer designs and advanced technologies are now the order of the day.

Fan Assisted – Modern heaters installed as part of the ECO scheme are now fan assisted and instead of releasing it by convection, a silent fan extracts cool air from the room and converts it to hot air through a vent and are usually controlled by thermostat.

Cheaper To Run  – compared to panel heaters and are programmable and are exceptionally quiet, even those that use a fan.





Cons of storage heaters

  • more expensive than gas, so are typically only used by households that are off the gas grid.
  • excess stored  heat can lead to overheated rooms.
  • Can run out of heat by early evening


Are There Government  Grants To Replace Storage Heaters / Economy 7 Heaters ?

Free Storage Heaters
Free Storage Heaters

 Electric Heating Grants have been made available since 2017 and thousands of old heaters have been exchanged now .

If you have old electric storage heaters / economy 7 heaters that are faulty or broken installed in your home, you may be entitled to a Free Government Grant to help replace them all .

Under the Government Affordable Warmth Scheme, if you meet the criteria , you can have up to 4 brand new high heat retention heaters fitted FREE OF CHARGE.

With the Government’s ECO Scheme which has been ongoing since 2013 , over 1 million heaters have now been exchanged.

Free insulation is included too, which can be worth up to £6000.


Replacing Economy 7 Heaters?

Grants For Storage Heaters (11)









Are your electric storage heaters old, expensive to run and/or completely broken down?

Are you struggling to find the money you need to keep your heating on during cold days ?

Do you dread your electric bill coming in every winter?

A free grant from the government to replace them could be the answer.



Do You Qualify For Free Storage Heaters?

Replace storage heaters
Replace storage heaters

If you qualify for a free Storage Heater grant under the ECO 3 scheme, you will receive up to 4 brand new high heat retention storage heaters fully fitted with a 5 year warranty for 100% FREE!

These new storage heaters which will be more energy efficient and will result in cheaper bills for you – by up to £ 40 a month if you’re replacing 20 year old heaters which are notoriously expensive to run.

Reduced carbon emissions which is good for the planet is also a good reason to apply.




How Do You Qualify For Free Storage Heaters?

To be eligible:

  1. You must live in your own home or a privately rented one.
  2. You receive one of the qualifying State Benefits or Tax Credits.
  3. You have at least one faulty or inefficient electric storage heater installed in your home.

If you meet all 3 parts of the above criteria, apply for a Free Storage Heater Grant to replace faulty storage heaters by completing the form below and we will do the rest.

The Free Storage Heater Replacement Scheme is due to end at the end of the month so we advise you making an application today.

Grants for other types of heating systems are available from the Affordable Warmth Scheme.



How does the Storage Heater Grant Scheme Work?


If you feel you satisfy the Government Grant For Storage Heaters Scheme qualifying criteria, you should fill in the form below.

If we feel you are eligible, we will forward your details to a government approved installer who will contact you directly.

A survey will be carried out.

All your insulation levels will be checked and if you are found eligible, your new heaters and insulation will be fitted in the next 14 days 100% FREE!

We will then arrange for an ECO Accredited Installer to check out your faulty storage heaters and complete the official ECO Grant application form on your behalf.


What Model Storage Heaters Are Fitted On The Grant Scheme ?


All heaters fitted on the Free Government Storage Heater Scheme are usually high heat retention storage heaters manufactured by either Dimplex , Elnur & Gabbaron. Subject to availability.

Your new storage heaters will be up to 30% more energy efficient than traditional old storage heaters soyou will see a large reduction in your heating bills.


Can Storage Heaters Be Replaced With Central Heating ?

Central Heating Grant

There are grants for storage heated properties to upgrade to First Time Central Heating. You may need to pay a small contribution towards this as some properties are not fully funded.

If you have a gas supply in your street and your property achieves a large enough grant, we can put you forward for the Central Heating Grant.

Please ask our installer when they contact you if this is of interest.




How Much Will Free Storage Heaters Reduce Your Heating Bill?

As the new storage heaters fitted on the scheme are high heat retention, you could see up to 40% reduction of your heating bills.

High heat retention ones absorb more heat and release the heat much more slowly during the day, so you will notice a massive difference in performance as well as a large bill reduction.

We have fitted over 1 million new storage heaters grants since the scheme begun. See if you are eligible below. The 2 minute survey is very easy and you could be eligible for this .



Is There a Catch For Free Storage Heater Grants ?

Free Storage Heaters
Free Storage Heaters

Since the ECO scheme launched in 2013 people up and down the country have been able to enjoy brand new heaters, free insulation, and reduced bills.

There is no catch and you either qualify or you dont!

In a nutshell, if you’re on specific benefits and meet set criteria, there’s grant out there with your name on it for new storage heaters.

Apply today as it will cost you nothing!



Why Grants For Free Storage Heaters ? 


In 2013 the government launched the Energy Company Obligation (often shortened to just ECO) scheme to help the growing number of families on low incomes who can’t afford to adequately heat their homes with old, inefficient and faulty electric heaters and by improving insulation.

The scheme gives out non repayable grants to all successful applicants that meet the criteria so nothing needs to be repaid now or in the future.

Around half a million households have already benefited from this fantastic Storage Heater replacement scheme. Your household could be one of them too.





Are Free Storage Heaters Genuine ?

Absolutely . As some one who has worked on this scheme for over 9 years, I can vouch for it 100%




1 ) Only homeowners and private tenants who receive certain benefits can apply for a storage heater grant.

If you are renting and need to replace your HEATERS but cannot afford to, you should APPLY TODAY


2) Storage heater are only available to homeowners and private tenants (who have their landlord’s permission) who receive specific benefits and meet the eligibility criteria which is very strict.

For example, pensioners need to be in receipt of Pension Guarantee Credit; a state pension alone will not be enough.

If you receive Child Benefit, you will be asked more questions about your living situation and income to check if you qualify or not.


3) The ECO scheme is funded by the Big Six energy providers.

These companies risk massive fines if they don’t meet carbon emissions targets set by the government as they have a legal obligation to provide support and take part in ECO.


4) The ECO scheme also offers insulation grants to help low income households reduce heat loss, improve energy efficiency and reduce their heating bills even further.



From initial contact to the day of installation the whole process could take 2-3 months, depending on the company carrying out the boiler grant installation.

After you’ve completed our online form we will need to give you a quick call to confirm that you meet all the necessary criteria.

It will only take a few moments to assess your eligibility,


6) The ECO scheme has limited funding available


7 ) ECO is only available in England, Scotland and Wales.

If you live in Northern Ireland there is an alternative scheme called Warm Homes Grants.




See Our Full Index Of Grants On This Website




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