The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to tackle fuel poverty and help reduce carbon emissions.
At Switched on (Yorkshire) Ltd we install Gas Boilers and Electric storage heaters under the Eco Grant scheme. We are Gas safe and NAPIT registered and hold PAS2030: 2019 accreditation.
How ECO works
Under ECO, medium and larger energy suppliers fund the installation of energy efficiency measures in British households.
Each Obligated supplyer has an overall target based on its share of the domestic energy market in Britain.
The obligated energy suppliers work with installers to introduce certain efficiency measures into your home, such as loft or wall insulation, or heating measures.
The ECO3 scheme consists of one distinct obligation: the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO).
The obligation explained
The Home Heating Cost Reduction 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 receive at least one of the following benefits and satisfy the relevant income requirements, where applicable:
- 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
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.
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.
You may be contacted directly by an installer claiming to be working under the ECO scheme. If the company claims to be an installer, always ask to see the following credentials: for most measures, installers under ECO must be PAS 2030:2017 or PAS 2030: 2019 (Publicly Available Specification) accredited, and will have a registration number. If they are installing microgeneration measures (eg measures that produce heat) they need to be Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited and will be registered on the MCS website All companies repairing or replacing a gas boiler must be registered with Gas Safe. You can check this on Gas Safe’s website.
It is important to note that eligibility for ECO does not necessarily mean that an energy supplier or installer will decide to install an energy efficiency measure in your home.
Green Home Grant
Homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes, which could help save on your energy bills.
The government will provide a voucher that covers up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to your home. The maximum value of the voucher is £5,000. You may be able to receive a higher level of subsidy if you are a homeowner and either you or a member of your household receives one of the qualifying benefits, covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of these voucher is £10,000. Landlords cannot apply for the low-income part of the scheme.
What improvements can I get?
Vouchers must be used to install at least one primary home insulation or low carbon heating measure.
If you choose to install at least one of the primary measures, you can use your voucher to help cover the cost of secondary measures. The subsidy for the secondary measure is capped at the value of the subsidy provided for the primary measures. For example, if you receive £400 for a primary measure such as a cavity wall insulation, you will be able to receive a maximum of £400 for a secondary measure such as an energy efficient replacement door.
The primary and secondary measures are set out below: Currently Switched On (Yorkshire) Ltd can provide support for secondary measure heating controls
Primary Measures Insulation
- Solid wall
- Cavity wall
- Under-floor insulation (solid floor; suspended floor)
- Flat roof
- Room in roof
- Park home insulation
Low carbon heat (where the home is suitably insulated):
Windows and doors
- Draught proofing
- Double/triple glazing (where replacing single glazing)
- Secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
- Energy efficient replacement doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed before 2020)
Heating controls and insulation
- Hot water tank thermostats
- Hot water tank insulation
- Heating controls (e.g. smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves)
EV Charger grant
Switched On (Yorkshire) Ltd are Government approved installers of EV Chargers. We partner with EV Box (https://evbox.com/uk-en/) a leading manufacture of EV Chargers in the UK and Europe. Switched On (Yorkshire) Ltd are Office of low emission vehicle (OLEV) approved for both Electric vehicle homecharge scheme (EVHS) and The Work Place Charger Scheme (WCS) for businesses, enabling us to claim up to £350 Government Grants towards the cost of your EV Charger point and installation cost.
Further details can be found by clicking here.
You may be eligible for a FREE grant
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