What is ECO?
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is an energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. The scheme was introduced to the UK in April 2013. Over time, it has been amended and the latest policy is ECO3, which commenced on 3rd December 2018 and applies to measures completed from 1st October 2018.
ECO places legal obligations on the larger energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency measures to domestic energy users. Under the rules of ECO, energy suppliers are obliged to help improve the energy efficiency of their domestic customers’ buildings. These rules and eligibility requirements have changed frequently since the start of ECO and will continue to change over time.
How can I benefit from ECO?
You may be eligible if you are a domestic energy user and you and/or your property meets the eligibility requirements under the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO).
HHCRO (also know as the ‘Affordable Warmth Obligation) offers support to eligible applicants to enable them to reduce the cost of heating their property through the installation of energy efficient measures.
If you are a homeowner or live in a private rented property, and a person living at the property is in receipt of any of the following benefits then you will qualify for HHCRO:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Child Benefit
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Personal Independence Payment
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit (UC)
- War Pensions Mobility Supplement
If you are interested in finding out more or want to see if you qualify, please apply here or call us on 02921 680951.