ECO brings improved heating and savings

ECO brings improved heating and savings

13/11/20 - Those eligible for the ECO scheme can improve the heating efficiency of their home and save money.

This government initiative, overseen by ofgem, and supported by larger energy suppliers, including British Gas, EDF, Eon, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE, can help those eligible lower heating costs, improve the insulation their homes and possibly repair or replace the boiler. 

Aimed at those on a low income who are considered to be living in fuel poverty, the ECO scheme could cover all or part of the costs when it comes to insulation improvements and boiler repairs, making homes more energy efficient whilst reducing carbon emissions.

Alterations can include:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Solid wall insulation
  • Subsidised boiler replacement/repair
  • Double glazing

The latest version of the scheme, ECO3, was introduced in December 2018 and will run until March 2022.

Whether you are eligible for funding or not depends on a number of different factors, such as where you live, what improvements your home requires and if you already receive certain means-tested benefits, such as:

  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • ESA with Limited Capacity for Work (LCW)
  • Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit

Depending on the circumstances, you may also qualify if you receive one of the following:

  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Child benefit
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Mobility Supplement
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

If you live in social housing with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, F or G you should qualify for ECO grants regardless of your benefits eligibility.

Those already claiming the Warm Home Discount are usually also eligible for ECO3 funding, as long as their energy supplier is participating in the initiative.

To find out if you are eligible for this energy scheme, email:eco@ofgem.gov.uk

Under ECO3, energy providers can also deliver up to 25% of their obligation under new ‘Flexible Eligibility’ set by local authorities. Check with your local council to see if you qualify this way.

The Energy Company Obligation scheme is only available from a selection of energy suppliers and you will have to apply directly through them to benefit from ECO3. All suppliers with over 200,000 customers have a legal obligation to participate in the scheme. As of November 2019, the full list of providers signed up to the Energy Company Obligation scheme is as follows:

  • British Gas
  • EDF Energy
  • Eon
  • Npower
  • The Co-operative Energy
  • Shell Energy
  • OVO
  • Scottish Power
  • SSE
  • Utilita

The ECO3 scheme is more about energy savings in the long term, rather than an instant payment. Savings in the long term can be as much as thousands of pounds.

For more information, visit: www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/eco (Opens in a New Window)


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