Free Storage Heaters and Heating System Upgrades (ECO 4 Scheme)
Looking at what grants are available for your home in 2023/24? You can receive free storage heaters, central heating upgrades, or various energy and home improvement measures under the Government’s ECO initiative (Energy Company Obligation), which aims to reduce fuel poverty and carbon emissions in the UK.
If you qualify for the grant, you could get Free Electric Storage Heater (ESH) upgrade or other energy-efficient measures including Free Central Heating and Boiler Upgrades.
You should apply immediately because as of April last year, the scheme (officially named the ECO4 Scheme) entered its fourth – final phase. This means this is your last call to get things done for your home before the programme ends in 2026.
Qualify for Free Storage Heater grants - applications starting December 2023 are now open
Do You Qualify for modern Central Heating or energy-efficient Storage Heaters in your home for free?
It is likely that you qualify to receive one of the best storage heaters for free (i.e. a modern ESH with Smart Heating Control functionality) if you live in your own home or rent from a private landlord.
Your property should be heated with electric heaters and receive the appropriate combination of income-related benefits.
- Homeowner or Private Tenant
- Get Income-Related Benefits
- Pensioners and Over 60-year old
- You live in an “off-gas” property (e.g. the Main Fuel Source is Electric, Coal, Wood, LPG, Oil, etc.)
A free storage heater replacement made easy
Did you know that 62% of applications qualify to have inefficient electric radiators or heating systems replaced with new storage heaters for free?
We do this under the ECO4 scheme (the next phase of the ECO3 Scheme), which is the Energy Company Obligation laid out by the UK government to cut carbon emissions (similar to the Affordable Warmth Scheme).
You are under no obligation to proceed with the installation at this stage of checking the eligibility.
Why should you consider a free storage heaters scheme?
There is a debate about electric storage heaters vs gas central heating. However, having an energy-efficient new electric storage heater is better for the environment than a traditional gas boiler.
There is no requirement to be connected to a gas grid, no maintenance required, and no risk of health concerns. The same applies to storage heaters vs electric radiators comparison.
Modern storage heaters can be installed in your home and accumulate warmth generated from low-cost nighttime electricity and then release it throughout the day to achieve maximum efficiency in energy usage.
All eligible households in the UK with faulty or inefficient storage heaters should complete the online form as they’re likely to qualify for a grant to replace your broken electric room heaters (and you can also receive free insulation for your house).
What Benefits Qualify for the Free Electric Storage Heaters or Free Central Heating Upgrade under ECO4?
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support (IS)
- Housing Benefit (new!)
- Child Benefits
- Child Tax Credits (CTC)
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- Pension Credit Savings Credit (new!)
- Universal Credit (UC)
- Working Tax Credit (WTC)
- Warm Homes Discount Scheme
Grants are NOT available if you only claim one of these:
- Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Carer’s Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- War Pensions Mobility Supplement
Do you claim any of these benefits, or are you over 60y old? You are likely to be eligible for free storage heaters for pensioners.
Get your updated storage heaters installed WITHOUT paying!
Are storage heaters more expensive to run than central heating?
No, but there are things to keep in mind to benefit from all the advantages that ESH can give you.
First, you don’t have to worry about electric storage heaters‘ prices as they are fully funded by government-backed grants for electric storage heaters if you meet certain criteria.
While gas is cheaper than electricity, its price rose by 54% last year. With such trends continuing, electricity is proving to be a more feasible option to heat your home each day, especially if you use the cost-efficient night tariffs that ESH can run on.
The solution to minimising the cost of storage heaters is to use off-peak tariffs and smart meter that will help you monitor energy usage daily.
What is an off-peak tariff (Economy 7 Storage Heaters)?
Off-peak tariff is available during times when costs are low. This is typically for seven hours (12am to 7am) as less people will be using the electric grid during the night. This is usually done through Economy 7 via an agreement with your energy supplier.
You will not have to pay the cost of daytime electricity during this time, meaning you can store heat for less and selectively use energy when you need it most.
The range of off-peak tariffs available for your area and house may depend on where you live.
What you save on expensive electricity can then be used for other costs in your house.
What are the costs of running a “free heater“?
Once you have your storage heaters installed, you can reduce the running costs further if you take advantage of an Economy 7 heating electricity tariff. This allows you to have home heating for a cheaper price with all the same features as a traditional electric tariff.
The running costs for an electric central heating system can be lower than that of a gas boiler and electric radiators.
This is because they run on lower price night storage tariffs, meaning you won’t be accessing electricity during peak times (such as during the day) as you will be using stored heat during the night in your house.
With the ECO grant, you will not be required to pay anything towards the installation and price of an electric storage heater.
This is a government backed grant
Electric storage heaters grant
The UK Energy Support considers the Economy 10 and Economy 7 Storage Heaters as some of the best electric heating systems since they are an extremely effective and affordable heating method for many households in comparison to regular room heaters.
At UKES, we offer free storage heaters upgrade thanks to the ECO4 scheme government, so there is no need for you to look to purchase electric storage heaters. The grant funds not only the cost of the efficient storage heaters but also the storage heater installation at no extra fees to you while making sure you have the extra warmth you need.
This is available to homeowners, tenants of private landlords and those receiving qualifying benefits. It is aimed at vurneable households and those seeking hardship grants for single parents among others. To find out if you are eligible to receive grants for home improvements to replace your old electric heater for free, contact us today!
Remember, you are under no obligation to proceed with the installation at this stage of inquiry to determine whether you qualify for the free electric storage heater.
Apply Today for a Free Storage Heater Grant
We can replace your old and inefficient electric heater or radiator and replace it with a modern Electric Storage Heater. The ECO4 funding is available to cover all the costs associated with energy efficiency measures. Check your eligibility today and enjoy your home energy efficiency upgrade free of charge!