Households within Stafford Borough are highly likely to qualify for free storage heaters via the government backed Eco scheme2 which is the latest iteration of the affordable warmth programme, funded via carbon tax paid to energy companies.
• Eco scheme 2 applies to residents of Stafford with no mains gas connection (off grid properties)
• Most households within Stafford are unaware that they could receive free storage heaters.
• Elnur, (a leading manufacturer of electric heating supplies) are one of two manufacturers eligible to provide free replacement equipment.
• Elnur has setup a network of claims handlers and installers to offer a full service solution to UK electric heating consumers.
• New storage heaters can offer significant lifetime savings to residents and ensure they are kept warm with adequate and working equipment throughout the winter months.
The government are currently working alongside energy providers on an “ECO” programme that is promoting an “Affordable Warmth Scheme”. It provides private rented households in Stafford that don’t have reliable heating in place with electric storage heaters. It 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 supply the storage heaters and are exclusive to the scheme apart from one other company. They have carried out an in-depth analysis of the areas which are most deprived of a reliable heating source. According to the non-gas map, Stafford has one of the largest percentages of homes off the gas grid, meaning that it is essential that residents within Stafford 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. 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 with Stafford being one of those. Around 67-80% 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 have setup 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.