The low down on ECO and FREE insulation

ECO (the Energy Company Obligation) is a £1.4 billion pot of money to support a wide range of property owners from the poorest and most vulnerable to property owners who own hard to treat homes. Therefore, almost anyone can benefit from ECO and free insulation. It is worth finding out about your property and whether you qualify for free energy efficiency improvements on your home.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) has taken over from the existing grants, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP), from the beginning of 2013. The Energy Company Obligation places legal obligations for larger energy suppliers to provide energy efficient measures to domestic energy users. This is intended to run alongside the Green Deal. The Green Deal helps people to make energy efficiency improvements to buildings by allowing home owners to pay the costs of installation through their energy bills instead of upfront!

ECO targets:

  1. 1.       Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation

Energy companies must focus on hard-to-treat homes and measure that are not fully funded by the Green Deal such as hard to treat cavity wall and solid wall insulation. Other insulation measures and connections to district heating systems are also eligible if combined as part of the package including solid wall and hard to treat cavity wall insulation.

This is available to everyone. Therefore, if you live in a solid wall or hard to treat cavity walled property you could have the following: external solid wall insulation, internal wall insulation, heating systems and loft insulation installed at your property and up to 100% funded so £10,000 + of work done for free at your home.

  1. 2.       Home heating cost reduction obligation

Energy suppliers are required to provide measures to improve the ability of low income and vulnerable households to heat their homes, this is also known as the affordable warmth group. These measures include for example the replacement and repair of a boiler. Continue reading