ENERGY EFFICIENCY GROUP PROMOTE THE 'ECO' GOVERNMENT BACKED SCHEME
Should you wish to learn more please visit the GOV.UK website. Search for the energy company obligation (ECO): Help to heat scheme - flexible eligibility.
ECO is the government’s umbrella term for its programme to make houses in the UK more energy efficient. Initially the scheme was called ECO1 and started in 2013 targeting low-income households and people receiving benefits, but in 2018 an additional programme called ECO3 also known as ECO flex bridged the gap, making the criteria to qualify more flexible. The flexibility arises because local authorities are able to define the eligible households living in, or at risk of fuel poverty and have some latitude to go beyond that, where they find households vulnerable to the effect of cold homes. The latest iteration of the scheme is focused solely on targeting energy efficiency measures in households. The current scheme launched in December 2018 and runs until 31 March 2022. In total, 6.5 million households are eligible. The scheme’s plan is to make energy-saving improvements to 900,000 homes. Gas and electricity suppliers with more than 150,000 customers fund the installation of energy efficiency measures. Each company is allocated a proportional share of the overall target, according to their market share of domestic energy customers.