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Electric Storage Heater Grants
Do you want to save some money on your electricity bill? If so, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme may have just what you're looking for. This grant scheme provides grants to people who are in receipt of benefits or those with high fuel costs - and there's no need be afraid that it will take too much time; making an application can often only take a couple minutes!
EFFICIENCY MEASURES INSTALLED
The total number of measures installed under the Energy Company Obligation as quoted by Ofgem in their Promoting a sustainable energy future statistics published on 27 August 2020.
What grants could you get?
There are a range of grants being offered under this Government scheme. The grants could fund some or all of the improvements that will make your home more energy-efficient.
A range of insulation options are included in the scheme including cavity wall insulation, underfloor insulation, loft insulation, room in roof insulation and solid wall insulation
Yes! The UK Government has carbon reduction targets to meet. All major Energy Companies are obliged by the UK Government to fund these measures. If successful with an application you will get a grant towards energy-saving measures (in some cases the whole installation might be free).
The scheme is available to homeowners, private renters and housing association tenants that receive at least one or more of the qualifying benefits above and also to households that have high fuel costs in relation to income.
It’s difficult to tell until a free survey takes place. The grant is paid directly to the installer rather than do you directly.
Usually from the point at which you apply to the installation should take no longer than 4 weeks but sometimes you can have your new heating or insulation installed within a week or less.
Registrations & Warranties
The very highest standards come as standard with any work carried out under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. All Installers must be Registered with TrustMark before carrying out work under the scheme. Additionally many will be Registered with multiple other bodies (dependant on the measures being installed).
Some of the reviews of our trusted Registered Installer partners.
Funded by Energy Companies
Energy companies are obligated to provide funding for the Energy Company Obligation Scheme.
Who is eligible?
The scheme is targeting people that have high fuels and a low income so If a member of your household receives a qualifying benefit you might qualify for a grant. Grants are also available if you are certified as ‘fuel poor’ or ‘low income and vulnerable’ by your local council. So if you don't claim benefits but you have high fuel costs, you might be eligible through local authority funding rules.
If you or a member of your household is in receipt of Child Benefit and if it is the only qualifying benefit received, you will also need to meet an income rules detailed here.
If you or a member of your household is in receipt of Child Tax Credit there is no income test for the Energy Company Obligation Scheme.
If you or a member of your household is in receipt of Income Support there is no income test for the Energy Company Obligation Scheme.
If you or a member of your household is in receipt of Pension Credit (Guarantee) there is no income test for the Energy Company Obligation Scheme.
If you or a member of your household is in receipt of Employment and support allowance (income-related) there is no income test for the Energy Company Obligation Scheme.
If you or a member of your household is in receipt of Jobseeker’s allowance (Income-based) there is no income test for the Energy Company Obligation Scheme.
If you or a member of your household is in receipt of Universal Credit there is no income test for the Energy Company Obligation Scheme.
If you or a member of your household is in receipt of Working Tax Credit there is no income test for the Energy Company Obligation Scheme.
If you don't claim benefits you might still qualify for a grant through your local authority flexible energy scheme. Use the free eligibility checker to see if your household will qualify for a grant.
The current phase of the Energy Company Obligation called ECO4 is expected to run until March 2026
Apply sooner rather than later in case the rules change.
According to Ofgem (they administer the Energy Company Obligation scheme) claimants will still be eligible for a period of 18 months following the date of the award letter. Page 44 of the Ofgem Energy Company Obligation guidance has full details.
So if you were awarded Universal Credit in April but you got a job last week and come off Universal Credit today (for example) you still have a significant period of time (a year and a half) to apply for and install the measure, as you would still be classed as eligible even when you return to work.
While you can wait to apply we’d recommend applying sooner rather than later as funding rules can change at any time.
Covid-19 and eligibility
You will still be eligible if you return to work as you can claim for a period of 18 months after claiming benefits.