ECO – Energy Companies Obligation

ECO will help make saving energy more affordable, for the customers and areas that need it most, by offering funding for insulation, better heating and energy saving measures.

What is ECO?

ECO is a new Government-led energy saving scheme funded by energy suppliers. It aims to reduce the amount of energy homes in Britain use and waste, and also ease fuel poverty. Through the scheme we’ll be helping people who qualify become more energy efficient by providing funding for energy saving measures.

ECO is made up of three parts, all aimed at helping people in certain circumstances save more energy, and money:

Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO)

Also known as Affordable Warmth, this part of the scheme is designed to make heating your home more affordable. The energy saving measures that are available include: cavity wall insulation; loft insulation; boiler replacements if your boiler is broken, and new central heating systems. All of these could save you energy and money. To get the funding for these measures households will need to be on qualifying benefits and either own their home or rent privately.

Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO)

CERO is primarily aimed at solid wall insulation and hard to treat cavity wall insulation. Other improvements such as loft insulation are also available as part of this package.  Social housing, privately owned or rented properties may get funding under this scheme.

Carbon Savings Communities Obligation (CSCO)

This specifically looks after the areas that need energy efficiency improvements the most. We’ll continue to work with Registered Social Landlords in eligible postcode areas to make energy saving improvements at no cost to their tenants. These improvements include solid wall, cavity wall and loft insulation. Funding may also be available for privately owned or rented properties in these areas.