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How Brits can benefit from a free storage heater

Money saving advice on heating with an electric storage heater.
By Editorial on Jan 16th, 2017   @freelotteriesuk

The government is currently working alongside energy providers on an eco programme promoting an 'Affordable Warmth Scheme'.

It provides private rented households in the UK that don’t have reliable heating in place with electric storage heaters, and was initially set up to address the growth of fuel poverty in the UK that was often caused by growing energy prices. This has resulted in one of the aims of the scheme to reduce household bills.

The government’s role in the scheme is ultimately to work with the energy suppliers to decide who should benefit from it, however it is funded by those who have contributed towards carbon tax by paying their fuel bills. To apply for the scheme, potential candidates need to fill out a free online survey.

The current Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) programme in place, (ECO2), has been running since 2015 and will end in March 2017. It has specifically focused on insulation and heating measures in the private domestic sector, however for applicants to qualify there needs to be an existing electrical heating unit in place.

Elnur supplies the storage heaters and is exclusive to the scheme apart from one other company. Elnur has carried out an in-depth analysis of the areas which are most deprived of a reliable heating source. The non-gas map shows areas in the UK that have the largest percentages of homes off the gas grid, meaning that it is essential that residents within the UK who think they are eligible for the scheme should apply now to potentially improve the heating in their homes and decrease their average expenditure on bills.

 

Apply now for the scheme

As the scheme is ending in March it is essential that those who think they could be eligible should apply now to ensure that they don’t miss out.

The ECO scheme is written in the UK law by OFGEM to strive towards improving the energy efficiency and insulation in the private household sector. Energy companies have to follow the strict OFGEM guidance throughout the compliance and funding steps to ensure that the specific case is eligible for the new measure.

The tenant and the landlord are eligible to apply for the scheme. There are an average of 1.2 million households that are eligible to qualify in over 412,622 off grid postcodes. Around 67-80 per cent of those who have the required benefits for ECO2 qualify. Basically, each specific property will receive a Lifetime Bill Savings (LTS) or Lifetime Carbon Savings (Co2T) calculation by checking its Energy Performance (EPC) that will assess its eligibility for ECO2.

Elnur has set up eco2.warmandsecure.com to help consumers check their eligibility before applying via an easy online survey. Warm and Secure handle everything from the initial questionnaire to home survey, equipment supply and installation. Also, they are hoping that it will create more awareness of the scheme as many who could be eligible for the free storage heaters are unaware of it.

ECO2t: Helping those in social housing

The ECO scheme is aiming to assist a wider scope of people after the private rent sector has been exhausted. The next scheme, ECO2t, is being rolled out in April 2017 to social housing residents that have EPC ratings of E, F and G and are in receipt of the relevant benefits. When the scheme transitions, local authorities will apply for the programme, oppose to the individual household. For specific social households who local authorities deem fuel poor, an application will be submitted. A new funding mechanism 'deemed scores' will be adopted that will assess the fuel type and number of bedrooms in a house to assess whether they are eligible or not.


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