ECO Grants

Energy Company Obligation
 
Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), big energy suppliers have to provide financial help for householders to have energy efficiency work done. You do not have to receive your energy from these companies to benefit from the scheme.
 There are three strands to ECO:
 
       1) A means-tested scheme for heating and insulation improvements – primarily loft and cavity wall insulation and boilers.
 
Eligibility:
 
You must own your property or rent it privately and have the owner’s permission to do the work. You must also be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (and your income is £15,860 or less)
  • Working Tax Credit (and your income is £15,860 or less) - plus one of the extra conditions below
  • Income Support - plus one of the extra conditions below
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance - plus one of the extra conditions below
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance – plus the support or work related element, or one of the extra conditions below

For certain benefits (see above), one of the following must also apply:

  • you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they’re in education or training)
  • you get Disabled Child Premium
  • you get Disability Premium
  • you get Pensioner Premium
  • you’re 60 or over (only if you get Working Tax Credit)

2)    Help to insulate solid-walls and ‘hard-to-treat’ cavities

 
If your home is older and has solid walls (without a cavity) or ‘hard-to-treat’ cavities you can get ECO funding towards the cost of solid wall insulation which can be installed on either the inside or outside of the house. This can greatly reduce the amount of heat escaping from your home.
 
3) Help for those living in low income communities
 
If your home is in an area which the government classes as ‘deprived’ you will be eligible for ECO funding. To find out if your area qualifies contact the Energy Saving Advice Service as below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you think you or your home falls into one of the three categories above, contact the Energy Saving Advice Service to find out how to access ECO funding:

0300 123 1234 (Mon-Fri, 9am to 8pm, Sat, 10am to 2pm).

There is more information on the government's website.