The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to tackle fuel poverty and help reduce carbon emissions.
How ECO works
Under ECO, medium and larger energy suppliers fund the installation of energy efficiency measures in British households.
Each obligated supplier 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 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:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance or Carer’s Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance
- Child Benefit (on the condition that the household’s relevant income does not exceed the specified limits)
- Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment or Mobility Supplement
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support or Universal Credit
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)
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.
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.
Under ECO3 there is an additional in-fill mechanism for solid wall insulation and district heating measures. Under this mechanism if 66% of eligible households receive either of these measures, an adjacent property can also receive the same measure without needing to meet the eligibility criteria.
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 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.
As an approved installer working under the ECO scheme, QERB Energy Ltd has the following credentials: PAS 2030:2017 (Publicly Available Specification) accredited, Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited and registered with Gas Safe.
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.