What Is ECO3?
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. The scheme began in April 2013 with most of our customers qualifying under the Home Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) Under HHCRO, obligated suppliers must provide measures that improve the ability of households to heat their homes. This includes actions that result in heating savings such as the replacement or repair of a boiler, cavity wall insulation, and loft insulation.
You might also hear of terms like ‘boiler grant’ or ‘free boiler scheme’ to describe the scheme. You can apply now by clicking here.
Who Qualifies For ECO3?
You are eligible for ECO if you receive at least one of the following benefits:
- 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 (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
You must also own the property within which you want the measure installed.
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.
What Does The Scheme Cover?
The scheme covers a wide range of home improvements, all geared towards reducing your home’s carbon emissions. Our most popular measure is our boiler and smart control package, but you can also claim cavity wall insulation, underfloor insulation, loft insulation, and various renewable energy products through the scheme.
Is It Really Free?
For most of our customers, yes – they don’t pay a penny and the government covers the cost. There are two types of funding available; single measure and dual measure. If you qualify for a dual measure such as a boiler and cavity wall insulation, both products will be totally free of charge as dual measure funding is higher than that of a single measure. If your home isn’t eligible for any of the insulation measures and you wish to go down the single measure route for a new boiler only, the government will cover a large portion of the cost but you may have to contribute a small amount towards the final invoice – in almost every case this is between £200.00 and £300.00. Due to the efficiency of the new market-leading boilers we install, you can expect to recoup this cost through lower energy bills in 12-18 months.
How Does It Work?
Each installer has a slightly different process but the broad strokes are the same. First, simply register your interest here and one of our team will send you a digital form to complete, it only takes a minute and this allows us to check with the DWP if you qualify for the scheme. Once we’ve been given the thumbs up, one of our team will get in touch to arrange a good time for us to pay you a visit and we’ll ask you a few questions about your property. On the arranged date one of our friendly engineers will visit your property and carry out a site survey, they’ll be able to answer any questions you have about the scheme on the day – we’ll then arrange to install your measures at a time that suits you and your family.
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