The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a new government initiative which has a goal of keeping domestic premises warm, whilst cutting costs and making them more sustainable. Under the Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) initiative, energy suppliers are required to help deliver energy efficient measures.
As part of the scheme, the government will help fund improvements to properties that make them more eco-friendly. This can range from improving insulation in lofts or cavity walls to the fitting of a new, modern boiler. For example, to qualify for a free boiler, a homeowner, private tenant or landlord must meet a range of criteria: www.boilergrants.org.uk/eco-qualification-criteria.html.
After an energy supplier has completed a home assessment, they use a register of approved local installers to carry out any eligible energy efficiency work.
The ECO is an excellent initiative, which gives more people the chance to improve their heating systems whilst also cutting down their energy bills. We also welcome the ECO’s focus on ensuring that local suppliers are prioritised for the delivery of energy efficiency work in their community.
To find out more information about the scheme, how installers can get involved, and the eligibility criteria for consumers, visit: www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/energy-company-obligation-eco