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ECO4 Scheme: Your Questions Answered
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme exists to cut carbon emissions and fight fuel poverty through grants that pay for things like insulation, heating systems and solar panels for eligible households.
You might’ve caught our previous post diving into the details of the ECO4 scheme and the lowdown on what it’s all about. If not, here’s the link on our guide to ECO4.
But you may still have questions. No stress, that’s what we’re here for. In this article we cover the most common questions we get about ECO4. Let’s get into it!
1. Who is eligible for the ECO4 scheme?
The eligibility rules for the ECO4 scheme can seem quite confusing, which is why Warma UK can do the checking for you.
The first thing to look at is your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), only homes with a rating of D or lower are eligible. The bigger the improvement on your EPC rating upgrades can make, the more ECO4 grant funding your property will receive.
No EPC, no problem, give us a call and we can tell you how you can easily get one sorted for your home.
Secondly, any benefits you receive are taken into account. ECO4 is designed to help only those at risk of fuel poverty so the rules here are quite strict. Again, this is where Warma can do a lot of the heavy lifting for you and guide you through the process.
Households may qualify for an ECO4 grant if they receive the following benefits:
- Employment and Support Allowance (income-based)
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Jobseekers Allowance (income-based)
- Pension Credit
- Tax Credits
- Universal Credit
- If you receive Child Benefit you can qualify but if Child Benefit is the only benefit you receive, you’ll also need to meet some additional rules related to your income.
Local Authority Flex (Also known as ECO4 Flex)
- Still part of ECO4 the Flex scheme enable your local authority to have a bit more flexibility around who is eligible (hence the name flex!) households may qualify for an ECO4 grant if they meet the following:
- Eligibility based on low income
- Somebody in the household being classed as vulnerable (including debts, mental health conditions, have people aged 65+, or babies or children living at the property)
- Health grounds (including cardiovascular disease, Immunosuppressed, mobility issues and respiratory condition)
Not that straight forward is it. This list also doesn’t cover every possible scenario that may make you eligible, which is why our experts can help you – by understanding your unique situation, our expert team can advise you if you could be eligible for funding.
Give us a call on 0330 4600 065 or use our free grant checker.
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2. What is funded under ECO4?
There are lots of heating measures available under ECO4 to make heating your home more energy efficient. But most importantly, ECO4 takes a fabric first approach which means it looks to insulation first.
Insulation is vital as without it, any heat you generate will just escape from your home. Heating and insulation measures being offered as part of ECO4 include:
- Non-condensing boiler upgraded to an A-Rated boiler
- Inefficient storage heaters upgraded to high heat retention storage heaters
- Inefficient heating upgraded to air source heat pumps
- Wall insulation (cavity wall or solid wall insulation)
- Loft or Roof Insulation
- Heating Controls
- Solar PV systems
3. I don’t have central heating, can I get free modern central heating or storage heaters?
Yep, ECO4 is also giving grants for either putting in or updating electric storage heaters in homes that fit the bill. If your home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is rated between D, and you meet other criteria like income and property type, you could get these heaters installed or replaced in your home. This offer extends to homes off the gas grid and includes flats or apartments too.
Remember, the grant’s size depends on things like your home’s EPC rating and what heating system you’re swapping out. Just keep in mind, the nitty-gritty of getting these grants depends on ECO4’s rules, that’s where Warma is your friend as we know the rules inside out and can get you the maximum grant for your property.
Check your eligibility here.
4. Which energy companies offer the ECO scheme?
The following energy companies are obligated to offer the ECO scheme: British Gas, Bulb Energy, E (Gas and Electricity), E.ON Energy, Ecotricity, EDF Energy, ESB Energy, Foxglove Energy, Scottish Power, Shell Energy, and Octopus Energy.
5. What is the timeline for the eco4 scheme?
The ECO4 scheme is scheduled to run until March 2026, with £1 billion allocated in funding each year. It started in April 2022 and is expected to continue until March 2026, providing free energy-saving measures for vulnerable households, particularly those in Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) bands D-G.
6. What happens if my energy supplier is not part of the ECO4 scheme?
While the largest energy suppliers are obligated to participate in the ECO4 scheme, smaller suppliers may also choose to participate. If your energy supplier is not part of the ECO4 scheme, you may not be able to directly access the benefits of the scheme through that supplier.
However, Warma UK can help you explore other energy efficiency grants and schemes that may be available to you.
Warma UK is here to guide you through each and every step of your ECO4 journey. Why wait? Just give it a call on 0330 4600 065 or contact us for more details.
7. Will participating in the ECO4 scheme affect my benefits?
No, Participating in the ECO4 scheme will not affect your benefits. The ECO4 scheme is designed to provide free energy-saving measures to people that need it.
The scheme is focused on improving the energy efficiency of low-income, fuel-poor, and vulnerable households. Therefore, participation in the ECO4 scheme does not impact your eligibility for benefits.
8. Can landlords apply for the ECO4 scheme?
Yes, landlords can apply for the ECO4 scheme if their tenants are in receipt of qualifying benefits, deemed to be on a low income, suffer from a health condition impacted by living in a cold home, or are experiencing fuel poverty.
The ECO4 scheme is designed to improve the energy efficiency of the country’s most inefficient homes, and landlords may be eligible for an ECO4 grant if their tenants meet the specified criteria.
9. Why can’t I just get a replacement gas boiler?
The ECO4 scheme aims to reduce the carbon footprint of UK homes by promoting low-carbon and renewable technologies, such as heat pumps, solar panels, and biomass boilers. Therefore, gas boilers are only eligible for the scheme if your existing boiler is broken or faulty, and if they are replaced with a more efficient model.
You may also need to have additional measures installed, such as insulation or smart controls, to maximise your energy savings.
10. What if I don’t want all the measures that the installer says I need to have?
The installer will recommend the measures that are most suitable for your property and your needs, based on a technical survey and a calculation of the potential energy savings.
However, you have the right to refuse any measures that you do not want or need, as long as you meet the minimum requirements of the scheme.
11. Do I need to pay money towards my ECO4 grant installation?
The ECO4 grant scheme is very generous (£4 billion in total) and if you are eligible you won’t have to pay anything.
12. How do I find out if I have an EPC and what the rating is?
An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) is a document that shows how energy efficient your property is, on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).
You can check if you have an EPC and what the rating is by visiting the Government records listed HERE. You will need to enter your postcode and select your address from the list. If you do not have an EPC, click HERE to find an accredited assessor.
13. How much money can I get from the scheme?
Individual applicants can receive between £7,000 – £20,000+ worth of ECO4 grant funding. The amount of money you can receive with an ECO4 grant varies based on factors such as income, property type, and existing energy efficiency measures.
The ECO4 scheme has a total of £4 billion of funding available, and for eligible homeowners, the grants are designed to cover 100% of the costs for inefficient homes. Eligibility for an ECO4 grant is determined by various factors, including income, property type, and existing energy efficiency measures.
14. Can ECO4 measures be co-funded with other grants or schemes?
Measures funded under ECO4 cannot receive funding from any other grants or schemes. This policy is in place to prevent duplicate funding for the same energy efficiency measures.
Who is Warma UK and What do we do?
Warma UK stands out as one of the UK’s leading energy grant specialist brands. Whether you’re just starting to explore your options or ready to take the plunge, Warma UK can provide the guidance and support you need to make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable.
So there you have it, a deeper dive into the ECO4 scheme with Warma UK as your guide. Don’t let these opportunities pass you by; check your eligibility today and join the movement towards a Warma, more energy-efficient home that costs you less.