ECO Scheme Heating and Insulation Grants

STORAGE HEATER GRANTS from the Affordable Warmth Scheme

Storage Heater Grants may be available to home owners and private tenants who satisfy the following conditions:

  • Someone living permanently in your home receives one of the Qualifying Benefits
  • Your main source of heating is either electric panel heaters or electric storage heaters but they are old and inefficient, or broken
  • The Energy Performance Certificate for your home has a rating of D, E, F or G
Affordable Warmth Scheme provides funding for STORAGE HEATER GRANTS

We have helped tens of thousands of householders with Affordable Warmth Scheme Grants

Storage Heater Grant Application Form

Step 1 of 3

  • 1. Your Details:

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

Do YOU Qualify for a Storage Heater Grant to replace broken electric panel heaters?

You may qualify if:
You live in your own home, or
Your home is privately rented
AND it has an EPC of E, F or G (If you live in England or Wales you can find your ECP by clicking HERE)
AND you receive certain State Benefits, Tax Credits or Allowances

Due to ECO funding restrictions we are unable to process storage heater grant applications in some flats and other small properties.

Home Owners and Private Tenants are invited to apply for Storage Heater Grants Today, whilst ECO Funding is Still Available. 

Storage Heater Grants Explained

Storage Heater Grants are awarded to home owners (and private tenants living in home with an EPC of E or better) who receive means-tested State Benefits. Grants are only available to remove electric panel or room heaters and install electric storage heaters.

If your storage heater grant is sufficient to cover the full cost of your storage heater installation you will receive FREE STORAGE HEATERS, if not you may be asked to contribute to the cost.

Either way, home owners NEVER have to pay back their storage heater grants.

What Happens Next?

Once you have completed the Storage Heater Grants Application Form, if we can help we will call you back to discuss your application. We should be able to immediately tell you whether you qualify for a storage heater grant or not.

If you qualify, you will be referred to a local ECO Scheme approved storage heater installation company.  They will arrange a free survey of your heating system and officially apply for storage heater grants on your behalf.

Once your application for ECO funding to replace your broken electric panel heaters has been approved, a date will be arranged for the installation. It really is that simple.

How Can We Help?

The Affordable Warmth Scheme website was launched at the same time as the Government’s ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme itself, back in January 2013.

We work closely with a national network of ECO Approved storage heater installation companies who have been awarded Affordable Warmth Scheme Storage Heater Grants funding.

Once we have confirmed that you satisfy the Affordable Warmth Scheme Storage Heater Grants qualifying criteria we will refer your enquiry to an ECO Approved installer who will process your application.


The Government is committed to tackling fuel poverty and it is also committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases to slow down the effects of climate change

In an effort to remedy both of these problems the Government launched the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme in January 2013.  A new ECO scheme started on 1st April 2022 which offers storage heater grants to low income households who receive means-tested State Benefits.

Storage Heater Grants provide funding for qualifying householders to replace electric room heaters, electric panel heaters or old, faulty and inefficient electric storage heaters with new modern energy efficient storage heaters.

Storage Heater Grants Qualifying Criteria

To qualify for a storage heater grant with the Affordable Warmth Scheme and get modern, energy efficient electric storage heaters installed, you must satisfy ALL of the following criteria:

1. You live in your own home (or rent from a private landlord) and it has an EPC of E, F or G.

2. You receive certain State Benefits, including:

  • Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit
  • Pension Credit – Savings Credit

(Over one million pensioners are entitled to Pension Credit but don’t claim it. To check whether you are eligible click HERE go to the Government website.)

  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Benefit*
  • Housing Benefit

* Maximum household income thresholds applies to Child Benefit.

3. Your main source of heating is electric panel heaters or electric room heaters or old, broken electric storage heaters.

The Government’s Affordable Warmth Scheme will offer storage heater grants to all householders who satisfy the above criteria.

If your main source of heating is electric but it’s are broken, you may qualify for a First Time Central Heating Grant to install central heating in your home. You can apply HERE.

How do I Apply for a Storage Heater Grant?

Applying for storage heater grants is simple but first we need some information about your home, your state benefits and your storage heaters, so please complete the Storage Heater Grants Application Form above today.

We will call you straight back to discuss your application and to arrange a survey of your heating system. Once your application has been verified, a local ECO Approved specialist storage heater installation company will arrange to install your new storage heaters and take your old ones away. 

In some cases, especially for smaller homes and flats with quite a few faulty storage heaters, your storage heater grant may not cover the full cost of installation and you may be asked for a contribution. We will not know that until after the free survey.

If you decide that the contribution is too high, you can withdraw your application without it costing you anything. However, remember that your heating bills will be lower with new energy efficient storage heaters installed, so you will save money in future. Modern energy efficient storage heaters are up to 30% more efficient than old ones.

Affordable Warmth Scheme and Storage Heater Grants

The Affordable Warmth Scheme is a Government initiative aimed at helping householders who receive state benefits to reduce their heating bills. This is achieved by offering storage heater grants and boiler grants to replace old, inefficient and faulty heating systems.

Replacing old, inefficient storage heaters and boilers with modern energy efficient heating systems will reduce energy use and cut energy bills. It will also reduce carbon emissions from your home and help towards reducing the effects of climate change.

The Affordable Warmth Scheme was introduced in 2013 and was originally due to run until 31st March 2017.  ECO4 was introduced on 1st April 2022 with slightly different qualifying criteria. ECO4 is expected to run until March 2026.

Electric Night Storage Heaters

Electric night storage heaters convert cheap off-peak electricity into heat, store it and release it to keep your home warm during the day time when electricity is in more demand and is therefore more expensive.

Energy suppliers have electricity tariffs such as Economy 7 which use special meters to measure how much electricity is used during night time and day time hours, and charge different rates per kWh. If you are on the Economy 7 electricity tariff you will pay less for electricity used during the 7 hours from midnight to 7 am than you do for the rest of the day. 

Modern energy efficient storage heaters have convector heating systems built in and are much more controllable than the older types. They can also be up to 30% more energy efficient which means saving on your heating bills and storage heater grants will help you to replace your old, inefficient electric storage heaters with more efficient storage heaters. 

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Storage Heater Grants FAQs

Are Electric Storage Heaters Free?

Sometimes electric storage heaters are installed free of charge but it depends on your home and how many heaters you have.

Storage Heater Grants are based on the potential reduction in carbon emissions achievable by installing more energy efficient storage heaters in your home. The greater the carbon saving the higher your storage heater grant will be. Storage Heater Grants tend to be higher for large, poorly insulated homes because these leak more heat than small, well insulated homes.

Flats and mid-terrace properties particularly, tend to attract lower storage heater grants and householders in these properties will almost always be asked to make a contribution to the cost of installing new electric storage heaters.

What type of electric storage heaters will be installed?

It is a condition of Storage Heater Grants that only modern, energy efficient, high heat retention electric storage heaters are installed to replace your old storage heaters.

High heat retention storage heaters deliver heat for longer than old traditional storage heaters and tend to have digital controls to help deliver the heat you need only when you need it. They also have a built in convection heat facility to help boost the heat on very cold days.

What work is involved in installing new electric storage heaters?

Because Storage Heater Grants are only available to replace your old storage heaters (rather than to install them in a property which does not have storage heaters), there should be little disruption to your home.

Your old electric storage heaters will probably already use an Economy 7 electricity supply but we may need to install an extra electricity supply so that your new electric storage heaters can operate the extra convection heating facility during the day.

Will new electric storage heaters be cheaper to run than my old electric panel heaters?

Modern high heat retention electric storage heaters are around 30% more energy efficient than traditional storage heaters and much more efficient than electric panel heaters.

This is because the operating systems are more efficient, they are much better insulated and are more controllable.

Are other grants available under the Affordable Warmth Scheme?


In addition to Storage Heater Grants, the Affordable Warmth Scheme provides grants for the following heating systems and insulation:

The following videos explain how high heat retention electric storage heaters work

Storage Heater Grants are available NOW from the Affordable Warmth Scheme.