Government Grants To Replace Storage Heaters – Is This Genuine?
I can personally vouch this scheme is 100% genuine and I have been responsible for probably over 2000 storage heater replacements over the last 3 years.
What Are Grants To Replace Storage Heaters?
Free Storage heaters are part of the new Home Upgrade Grant Scheme which is a follow on for Eco 1 & 2 as part of The UK Government aim for the country to be carbon neutral by the year 2050.
In 2019 legislation was passed into law that committed the Government to a legally binding target of net zero emissions by that year and so funding is still available via the Energy Companies to upgrade heating and insulation.
This legislation seeks to build on reducing carbon emissions and further create green jobs in the process.
The funding is achieved by a levy on every fuel bill payer and is around 1.5 % of householder’s bills.
If you are looking for to replace old storage heaters for Free , this scheme is for you.
Why A Free Storage Heater Replacement Scheme ?
The free storage heater replacement scheme is part of the Government Eco Scheme .
The two main aims of the Government’s ECO Scheme are to make heating affordable for all householders in the UK and to reduce carbon emissions.
Modern energy efficient electric storage heaters will reduce your heating bills and make your home more comfortable.
Modern storage heaters can cost up to £1,000 each to supply and install but a Storage Heater Grant from the ECO Scheme can fund up to 100% of this.
Who Qualifies For A Storage Heater Grant ?
Home Owners & private rented properties can apply
If you have old heaters and minimal insulation and are on a low income, you should consider applying for new heaters.
You probably are eligible.
The scheme has grants for people who are Benefits claimants (HHCRO Scheme ) and Non Benefits Claimants ( LA Flex Schemes
Benefits Claimants :
Your eligibility for a grant under the ECO3 scheme is determined by whether you receive one of below-mentioned benefits:
- Child Benefit *
- Child Tax Credit
- Employment & Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Pension Credit – Guarantee
- Pension Credit – Savings
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
Non Benefits Claimants
To be eligible :
- Your household must meets the income threshold
- The applicant must have an existing health condition
- The applicant must meet the Criteria as per the councils Statement of intent
Who Are Storage Heater Grants Designed For ?
Storage Heater Grants are predominantly aimed at low income Families and Pensioners who have broken or faulty electric heaters and who cannot afford to replace them.
As each heater will cost up to £500 to replace, it is important to check whether you will be entitled to various government grants available to assist with the cost.
In many cases, people on qualifying benefits, will have them replaced for 100 % Free.
If you receive a benefit…………..read on.
Can Social Housing / Private Tenants Apply For A Grant
Yes if you live in social housing with an EPC rating of E, F or G.
Private tenants do need written permission from their landlords.
Where Does Funding Come From For Free Storage Heaters?
Your Storage Heater Grant comes from the Government’s Eco Scheme .
This provides funding for new heating systems and insulation in homes where the householder meets certain qualifying criteria.
A levy, placed on everyone’s electricity bill, is collected by every large energy supplier and fed into an ECO Fund.
Money from this ECO Fund is paid to ECO Accredited installation companies who carry out work under the scheme – but only once they have completed the storage heater installation and you are happy with it.
How Is The Size Of The Storage Heater Grant Calculated ?
The amount of Storage Heater grant awarded to you is based on a number of factors :
- The type of property you live in
- How many bedrooms your home has
- Whether you home is constructed with cavity or solid walls
Large houses with quite a few bedrooms will be awarded the highest grants.
Typically, flats, maisonettes and mid terraced houses will receive the lowest storage heater grants.
Which electric storage heaters can be installed with eco funding?
Only the most energy efficient, high heat retention electric storage heaters can be installed with ECO funding from the Storage Heater Grant Scheme.
These are up to 30% more energy efficient than traditional storage heaters.
The main types of storage heaters that are approved for fitting on the storage heater scheme are :
Dimplex Quantum range and the Elnur & Gabi Noor.
These storage heaters are the best on the market and have been through all government tests to be approved on the scheme. Thes tests included reliability , and cost of running
Will My Home Need To Be Surveyed For The Grant ?
An ECO Accredited surveyor will need to survey your property and complete the paperwork for your application in order to present it to the ECO Funding provider for grant approval.
The government are very stict on approving applications and all paperwork needs to be in order before they will release any funding
Once your Storage Heater Grant has been approved, your ECO accredited installer will contact you to arrange the installation by qualified electricians and insulation fitters.
How much will a free storage heater reduce my heating bills?
Old storage heaters are renowned for burning cash and many people are reluctant to switch them on in the winter. You can easily use £10 per day and more by running old heaters.
By taking advantage of an ECO Grant from the Affordable Warmth Scheme to replace your old storage heaters you should find a reduction in your electric bills of around 30% on a monthly basis.
This figure is based on feedback from hunderds of grant applicants who have reported a minimum of 25% bill reduction.
How Do I Qualify For Storage Heater Grant?
- You must live in your own home or privately rent your home, or be a landlord that has a tenant living in that is claiming a benefit.
- The existing electric panel heaters / Storage Heaters installed in your home must be broken or a fault found at the time of your ECO survey.
- Your Home must be adequately insulated.
4. You must receive at least one qualifying Benefit
Can I Replace Storage Heaters With Free Central Heating ?
Some properties will be eligible for replacing storage heaters with a brand new central heating system. If you would like to see if you are eligible for this, please indicate so on the application form below
How Do I Get Free Storage Heaters ?
Applying for a Free Storage Heater Grant is a very easy process.
- Complete the online form on our webpage here
- One of our install partners will perform a check on your eligibility for the grant.
- If successful they will telephone you to book in your free survey.
- Your home will be attended and survey carried out which will include a free insulation check.
- The following week, your Free Heaters & Free Insulation will be installed.
PLEASE NOTE – council owned and housing association properties are currently excluded from the Storage Heater Grant Scheme.
What Other Home Upgrade Grants Are Available?
See below measures.