What is the Energy Company Obligation Scheme?
In layman’s terms, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency initiative, designed to help prevent fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions, and help save money on householder’s energy bills.
Where does the ECO Funding come from?
In 2013, an obligation was placed by the government on to the energy companies, to provide qualifying households, funding for energy efficiency measures. The energy companies are obligated to work with qualified installers to deliver and install these measures, to make households energy efficient.
What energy-saving measures does the ECO Scheme provide?
Under ECO, there are grants to cover all or part of the measures installed to save energy. These can include:
- A New Boiler
- First-time central heating
- Cavity Wall Insulation
- Loft Insulation
- Room in Roof Insulation
- Internal Wall Insulation
- Under Floor Insulation
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 scheme.
To see you’re eligible please use our grant enquiry form here
How will I qualify?
There are two different ways you can broadly qualify for funding through ECO. Firstly, if you or someone in your household is in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
Secondly, you may qualify if you meet criteria set out by your Local Authority, which you may have heard being referred to as, the Local Authority Flex (AL Flex) criteria.
What are the qualifying benefits?
If you are a low-income household on certain means-tested benefits and credits, and either a private homeowner or private tenant, living in poorly insulated homes and/or do not have a working central heating system, you may qualify for funding. If you or someone living in your household is in receipt of one of the following benefits, you may be eligible:
- Armed Forces Independent Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carers Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability living allowance or Personal Independence Payment
- Pension Guarantee Allowance
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income-related employment and supports allowance (ESA)
- Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Tax Credit (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)
- Universal Credit
How will I know if I meet the LA Flex criteria?
LA Flex is part of the government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme. Local Authorities can use LA Flex to help homeowners and private tenants in their communities, benefit from energy-saving measures, by creating and tailoring an extension to the ECO criteria, to help address the specific needs of their residents. This will mean you or someone you know, may qualify for ECO, even if you are not on a qualifying benefit.
The criteria laid out by each Local Authority will vary, but often take into consideration those on low incomes, health, age or simply the area you live in.
Your Local Authority will publish a Statement of Intent, which can be found on their website. This will list your Local Authority’s chosen criteria.
Don’t worry, we have relationships with a vast number of Local Authorities and will be able to advise if you meet the criteria.
If you don’t qualify for funding, either through the standard ECO criteria or through the LA Flex, we will be able to arrange a free no obligation survey and provide you with a quote.
Will I save money on my heating bills?
Absolutely, each measure will help you save on your fuel bills. However, a survey of your home will determine which measures are best to suit your property. This could be as simple as exchanging your boiler for a new A-rated condensing boiler and thermostat. Your home may need more measures and that could include insulation to your walls, floor and roof to prevent further loss.
How is the survey conducted?
Living in times of a pandemic can make you a little wary of having work completed in your property. However, the Government has concluded that this type of work is key.
Dyson Energy Services has brought in policies to keep everyone safe which includes, routine testing, safe distancing and sanitation.
If you have any concerns about this, please contact us to discuss.