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Eco Funding

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.

ECO was launched in January 2013, and has delivered over 2.2 million improvements in around 1.8m homes. The Energy Company Obligation provides energy saving measures that make homes warmer and more comfortable to live in.

The latest version is ECO3 and the policy of the scheme will run from 1st October 2018 until 31st March 2022.


Eligibility for Eco funding changed on the 1st October 2018.

It focuses more on low income households, vulnerability to cold and fuel poverty. You can access grants to support the installation of energy efficient home improvements for heating and insulation if you are in receipt of the following benefits:

  • Child tax credit
  • Child benefit support
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Income based job-seekers allowance
  • Income support
  • State pension ‘guarantee’ credit (savings credit only DOES NOT QUALIFY)*
  • Working tax credit
  • Universal credit

If you do not receive any of these benefits – don’t worry! There are area based schemes and multiple other funding sources available. Contact us to find out more. Call us on 01228 812 867 Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00 or you can email us

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