The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to tackle fuel poverty and help reduce carbon emissions.
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.
Under ECO, medium and larger energy suppliers fund the installation of energy efficiency measures in British households.
The obligated energy suppliers work with installers such as Energy Efficiency Group to introduce efficiency measures into your home.
ECO is intended to assist in reducing fuel poverty, reducing carbon emissions, and maintaining security of energy supply.
FREE INSULATION AND OTHER ECO ENERGY-EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS
Under ECO, grants are available to cover all or part of the cost of energy efficiency measures. The most common measures are
- Loft Insulation
- Solid Wall Insulation
- Wall Cavity Insulation
- Underfloor Insulation
- Flat roof Insulation
- Internal Wall Insulation
- Room In Roof Insulation
- Boiler Upgrade
- Solar PV
It can also be used to pay for homes to be connected to district heating systems, where appropriate, or for heating controls to be installed.
The Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation requires energy suppliers to promote the installation of measures that lead to financial savings on energy bills, such as the installation of insulation and heating measures.
You are eligible for ECO if you receive at least one of the following benefits and satisfy the relevant income requirements, where applicable:
- Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
- Income related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support (IS)
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- Working Tax Credit (WTC)
- Child Tax Credits (CTC)
- Universal Credit
- Child Benefit (new ECO4 threshold rates)
- Housing Benefit (new eligible benefit under ECO4)
If you are not in receipt of a qualifying benefit, you may still be eligible for the ECO 4 scheme through the local authority flex (LA Flex) route.
In order to benefit from ECO you must own your own home or have the permission of your landlord, including if your property is owned by a social housing provider or management company.
As ECO is not a grant scheme, different companies or installers may provide different levels or types of support towards the installation of energy efficiency or heating measures.
Energy Efficiency Group will always strive to offer the maximum level of support you’re entitled to.
For a boiler replacement to be eligible, immediately prior to the installation the premises must have a boiler, which has broken down and cannot be economically repaired. The following measures can be installed outside of the broken heating system cap:
- First Time Central Heating (FTCH)
- A renewable heating system
- A district heating system
- A secondary heating measure when installed alongside a primary insulation measure
- A demonstration action or innovation score uplift measure
- The installation of heating controls
It is up to the energy companies to determine which measures they choose to fund, the level of funding they provide and the installer they choose to work with.
The level of funding will depend on the measure type and a number of other factors. In some cases, you may be asked to contribute to the cost of the installation, our team can advise you further once you complete our online application.
No. Any obligated supplier can deliver measures to any domestic premises in England, Wales and Scotland, provided the eligibility criteria are met.
All installers must be TrustMark registered businesses, or equivalent in order to deliver measures under ECO. If a company approaches you and claims to be an installer, always ask to see their credentials. You should expect to see the following certification to prove they are registered with a consumer protection body:
- Most measures under ECO must installed by, or under the responsibility of a person who is registered with TrustMark, or equivalent. Installers registered with TrustMark will have a registration number.
I applied for the grant to replace my old boiler which was not running well at all. The service I got from start to finish from all the contractors involved was very professional, respectful and friendly. The process took longer than I expected but the end result was definitely worth it. I would highly recommend this company to anyone. My house is toastie warm and my water is hot and instant. Thanks very much guys.