If you’re in need of improving the efficiency of your home or have been told you are in fuel poverty, then you may be eligible to receive a free energy efficient measure such as loft and cavity wall insulation, smart thermal controls, solar panels, or an air source heat pump. ECO4 is the final phase of the Energy Efficient Homes Scheme and has been designed to alleviate fuel poverty and reduce energy bills for vulnerable households.
What is the ECO Scheme?
what is eco4 scheme (Energy Companies Obligation) scheme was introduced in 2013 to encourage energy suppliers to install energy-saving measures in properties across the UK. It has undergone several reforms, most recently to ECO4. The purpose of the scheme is to make British homes less energy-inefficient, which in turn cuts costs and reduces carbon emissions.
ECO4 is the latest phase of the ECO scheme and will run until 2026. During this final phase, energy companies are incentivised to deliver measures such as insulation, heating systems, and renewables like district heating and heating controls. Landlords can benefit from delivering energy-saving measures to tenants as it reduces their operating expenses and carbon footprint.
To qualify for a free ECO4 energy-efficient measure, you must live in social housing or privately rented accommodation and be receiving benefits such as Universal Credit, Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income related Employment & Support Allowance, housing benefit, Child Tax credits, Working Tax Credits, or Pension Credit. Additionally, your property must have an EPC rating of Band D or lower. You can also be referred to ECO4 by your local authority or an obligated energy supplier through mechanisms such as LA Flex – Flexible Eligibility.