The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to tackle fuel poverty and help reduce carbon emissions.
What is an ECO 3 grant?
ECO Government Scheme 2019 has started and the good news is that property owners and private tenants who were denied grants before, could be eligible for the upcoming ECO 3 grants.
ECO launched its first phase in April 2013. So far the scheme has been responsible for funding the installation of 2.34 million energy efficiency measures in 1.83 million properties.
Do I qualify?
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
- 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
You must be able to provide proof of residency from one of the following:
- Gas /electric / water utility bill
- Council tax bill
- NHS / hospital / doctor appointment letter
- Doctors prescription – expressing name and address
- Bank statement
- Full benefit letter
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. Further information on innovation can be found in our Innovation Guidance which will be published in due course.
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.