Free Replacement Of Electric Storage Heaters
Sept 29, 2021
Here in the whole of the UK, the government is offering Free Green Deal Grants to encourage householders & the private rented sector to switch to low carbon heating and more energy-efficient solutions.
The Energy Company Obligation or ECO Scheme was set up in 2013 and now puts the onus on all of the large energy companies to work with installers to provide low income and fuel poor households with more efficient heating.
A levy on every fuel bill has been added to fund these measures.
Free Storage Heaters
If you have old inefficient electric storage heaters or plug in room heaters and want to replace them with a more energy-efficient storage heaters, you may be entitled to a grant to meet 100 % of the cost.
Some properties may even be entitled to Free First Time Central Heating worth up to £4000
and if you meet the current government criteria, obligated installers may be able to install one for free under the grant scheme.
Here we answer the main questions people have regarding electric storage heater grants, including:
- What are electric storage heaters?
- How do the grants for storage heaters work?
- Who qualifies for the grant and how much can they claim?
- Is there a limit to how many grants I can claim?
- Where do I apply for my grant and when will I know if I’ve been successful or not?
1. What are electric storage heaters?
Electric Storage Heaters are electric heaters with heat storage bricks inside that are charged up with heat (using electricity) which is then slowly released throughout the day.
These heaters are best used to charge up during the night when electricity is at its cheapest using Economy 7 or 10 tariffs. Both tariffs run between midnight and 7 am and you pay around a quarter of the day time rate.
These Electric storage heaters utilise ceramic blocks that are heated up during these cheap night time hours and this stored heat is then released during the day until exhaustion.
Electric storage heaters vary from simple models that work automatically to release their heat to ones that are digitally controlled and connected by Wi-Fi to devices such as your phone.
2. How do the grants for electric storage heaters work?
These grants are designed to benefit those on low income who have an existing, inefficient electric heating.
The grants are awarded directly to obligated installers, companies that have committed to delivering the government’s ECO policy.
The amount that you can get for a grant will depend on a wide range of different factors. Assuming you are eligible, this could include the size and type of property you live in, whether you have solid walls or cavity walls, and how well insulated your home is. Typically, the bigger energy savings you can achieve with a new installation, the higher the grant you are likely to get.
When the installer assesses your application for the storage heater grant in most cases they will also check whether you might be entitled to insulation grants such as loft insulation, roof insulation, cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation (including both internal wall insulation and external wall insulation) and underfloor insulation.
Often if insulation is available at your property and you’d like it to be installed, the installer will make arrangements for the insulation to be installed alongside the upgrade to your electric heating.
3. Who Qualifies For A Green Deal Grant
You need to be:
- A homeowner or private tenant who has the permission of the landlord,
- Have existing electric heating at the property
- Be on income-related benefits.
If you meet the government’s criteria, you can apply to have a new electric storage heater installed in your property to replace an older, less efficient one.
You may be able to replace electric storage heaters for a gas central heating system under the scheme for a small contribution too.
Which Benefits Qualify For The Green Deal Grant
You must be receiving one of the following state benefits, tax credits or allowances:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Child Benefit*
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Mobility Supplement
- Personal Independence Payment
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Tax Credits
- Universal Credit
* Child Benefit is a qualifying benefit for the ECO scheme, but if Child Benefit is the only benefit you receive, you will also need to meet additional income rules.
Child Benefit Only Is subject to below income thresholds
|Number of children|
|Single claimant income||≤ £18,500||≤ £23,500||≤ £27,500||≤ £32,000|
|Member of a couple combined income||≤ £25,500||≤ £30,000||≤ £34,500||≤ £39,000|
Green Deal Grant For Non Benefit Claimants
Local councils can make additional provisions for householders they believe are suffering from fuel poverty or are low income but are not currently in receipt of any benefits.
This can be done under the new Flexible Eligibility or LA Flex rules.
- Individual homeowners or tenants do not get the grant directly, it goes to the installer who receives funding from the energy supplier.
- Some applicants will receive the full grant that covers the cost of their new electric storage heaters, others may need to contribute to the cost.
4. Is there a limit to how many grants I can claim?
There is no limit to the number of Green Deal Grants that can be claimed under this scheme.
You can apply for an electric storage heater grant and an insulation grant as long as you meet the criteria.
You cannot apply for the same measure twice or two similar installations (such as two different heating grants).