Government funding to boost energy efficiency

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Combined with the Warm Homes Discount scheme the government will provide at least £4.7 billion of extra support to low-income and vulnerable households between 2022 and 2026.

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Working towards a more sustainable future

Improveasy are a highly successful managing agent working with installers, local authorities, social housing and all the major utilities nationwide. We ensure the safe and compliant delivery of the scheme and so far, we have delivered over £300m in ‘lifetime bill savings’.

If you want to find our more about how the scheme works and whether you qualify for funding then you can read more below.

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The Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation explained

The 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.

Who is eligible for ECO?

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Benefit (on the condition that the household’s relevant income does not exceed the amount set out in Chapter 3 of our scheme guidance)
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Mobility Supplement
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)
  • Universal Credit
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Social housing energy performance enhancement

Alternatively, if you are living in social housing with an EPC rating of E, F or G you might also be eligible for the scheme. Social housing with an EPC rating of D can also qualify for an innovation measure. Further information on innovation can be found in our Innovation Guidance which will be published in due course.
Local authorities are also able to refer residents in their areas to obligated energy suppliers so that they can be offered support under the scheme.

Can I benefit from ECO?

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.
ECO funding is used to repair or replace existing heating systems and/or insulation measures. In some cases renewable measures such as solar pv can be funded through the scheme.
You can benefit from ECO regardless of who you purchase your energy from. You don’t need to buy energy from an obligated supplier in order to benefit.

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