The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to tackle fuel poverty and help reduce carbon emissions
WHAT IS ECO3 FUNDING?
The ECO3 funding scheme is designed to allow certain heating system upgrades when they are delivered alongside certain insulation measures.
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 Euro Energy Group to introduce efficiency measures into your home, such as loft or wall insulation, or heating measures.
ECO is intended to assist in reducing fuel poverty, reducing carbon emissions, and maintaining security of energy supply.
The ECO3 scheme, that will run until March 2022, will mainly focus on low income and vulnerable households, helping to meet the Government’s fuel poverty commitments.
The ECO3 scheme consists of one distinct obligation: the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO).
WHAT IS COVERED UNDER ECO FUNDING?
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:
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.
Installation of loft insulation, solid wall insulation and cavity wall insulation is carried out by Euro Energy Group.
am I eligible to claim an eco grant?
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 are a core group customer from scheme year 9 onwards under the Warm Home Discount Scheme or you receive at least one of the following benefits and satisfy the relevant income requirements, where applicable:
WHAT ARE RELEVANT BENEFITS?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
Euro Energy Group will always strive to offer the maximum level of support you’re entitled to.
Local Authorities are able to define eligibility criteria in their area to help households living in, or at risk of fuel poverty or households vulnerable to the effect of cold homes. This is known as “LA Flex”.
You may wish to contact your local authority for more information, or to find out if your household is named on a Local Authority Declaration.
If your household is named on a Local Authority Declaration, then you may be eligible for ECO funding.
You will not be able to claim the Green Homes Grant subsidy vouchers towards the cost of a measure which has also received funding under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
However, you can claim both ECO and the Green Homes Grant subsidy providing they are each for different measures – for example loft insulation and cavity wall insulation.
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.
From 1 January 2020, 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.
- If they are installing a district heating connection, they must either be registered with Heat Trust or have equivalent consumer protection in place.
Euro Energy Group can provide all documentation and certification should you wish to see it.
It is possible to get your boiler repaired or replaced under ECO3.
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.
However, the ECO3 scheme includes a cap on the replacement of all broken heating systems. 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 the eligibility of the tenant of the property, rather than the landlord, that needs to be considered for ECO3 measures. To reflect the Minimum level of Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) for private rented sector (PRS) properties, the measure types that can be installed in PRS properties under ECO depends on the EPC rating. The following are eligible measures for PRS properties:
- PRS properties occupied by a member of the help to heat group with an initial EPC efficiency rating of A, B, C, D, or E can receive any measure, except for the installation of a heating system to replace or repair a broken heating system.
- PRS properties occupied by a member of the help to heat group with an initial EPC efficiency rating of F or G (or unrated) are only eligible to receive solid wall insulation, first time central heating, or a renewable heating measure.
- First Time Central Heating (FTCH) measures are eligible in PRS properties with any EPC efficiency rating, provided they meet the FTCH pre-conditions, which are that all areas of cavity wall and roof that can be insulated must be insulated in order for the pre-conditions to be met
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FUNDING?
WE HAVE A QUICK ONLINE APPLICATION FORM FOR US TO CHECK WHAT YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO
NEED MORE GUIDANCE?
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