Government Storage Heater Grants are Available
to Replace Your Faulty Electric Storage Heaters

Free Storage Heaters may be available from the Government's ECO Scheme

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If you have faulty electric storage heaters in your home and you receive State Benefits or Tax Credits, you may qualify for a Government Grant to replace them

We have helped around 20,000 householders to apply for an ECO Grant

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 faulty 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 (or your landlord, if applicable) will be required or not.  If not, you will have free storage heaters installed in your home to replace your old ones.

If you decide against making any contribution, you can withdraw your Storage Heater Grant Application without cost.

Storage Heater Grant Application Form

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  • 1. Your Details

  • We need this to check whether you qualify for a storage heater grant

If you qualify for Free Storage Heaters or a Storage Heater Grant, you will not have to repay it, even if you move home

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 or rent one from a private landlord.

Secondly, you must receive at least one of the following State Benefits or Tax Credits:

  • Guaranteed Pension Credit (Savings Credit and ordinary State Pension do not qualify)
  • Child Tax Credit*,
  • Working Tax Credit*,
  • Income Support,
  • Universal Credit*,
  • Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance

Maximum household income thresholds apply to benefits marked *

Thirdly, you must have at least one faulty 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 Scheme

The ECO Scheme (Energy Companies Obligation) was set up by the UK Government in 2013 to help cut heating bills for low income households and to reduce carbon emissions.

The ECO Scheme has developed over the years and in its current form is scheduled to end in September 2018. A consultation is currently underway to determine what to do after this. The Government is considering extending the ECO Scheme for a further 4 years with a greater focus on tackling fuel poverty.

The part of the ECO Scheme which provides Free Storage Heaters or Storage Heater Grants is the Home Heating Carbon Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) which is commonly referred to as the Affordable Warmth Scheme. More information about other heating system grants and insulation grants can be found HERE.

ECO Scheme 2017 - Storage Heater Grant Qualifying Criteria - Free Storage Heaters

Where does Funding for Free Storage Heaters come from?

Under ECO, the major energy companies are required to add a levy of around £30 per year on every UK household’s electricity bill.

This money is fed into an ECO Fund and through various ECO Funding organisations, is used to pay ECO Accredited installation companies to install free storage heaters or subsidised storage heaters in the homes of qualifying households.

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Electric Storage Heaters

Electric Storage Heaters are domestic heaters which heat up overnight using cheap electricity and release that heat the following day when it is needed.

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Electricity is generally cheaper when demand is low, i.e., during the night, and that’s why they are often called electric night storage heaters. Usually, you will have a special electricity meter installed, such as an Economy 7 meter, which allows the supplier to measure electricity used during the night and that used during daytime.

Modern Storage Heaters are More Energy Efficient

Modern, high heat retention storage heaters are up to 30% more energy efficient than traditional storage heaters. They achieve this in three ways:

  • by using better insulation to retain more of the stored heat
  • by integrating electronic systems which allow you to control precisely how much heat to store and when to release it
  • and by including a convection heating system to allow you to boost the heat output on very cold days
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