ECO has been introduced to help homes across the UK who missed out on the funding available through warmfront to continue to benefit from reduced cost home improvement methods, made up of a variety of different schemes, all with different eligibility criteria:
ECO Heating Fund (Affordable Warm Group)
To provide heating and insulation improvements for low-income and vulnerable households (but social housing tenants are not eligible for affordable warmth).
Find out if you are eligible to access this ECO Heating fund here.
Carbon Saving Obligation
To provide funding to insulate solid-walled properties (internal and external wall insulation) and those with ‘hard-to-treat’ cavity walls.
This is not means-tested but can be used in conjunction with the Green Deal. The aim is to provide enough support to make these relatively expensive measures cost-effective.
Carbon Saving Communities Obligation
To provide insulation measures to people living in the bottom 15% of the UK's most deprived areas. It is expected that this element of ECO will particularly benefit the social housing sector.
Through ECO, the government aims to help 230,000 low-income households or those in low-income areas. Of the expected investment by suppliers of £1.3bn per year, there will be a 75:25 split between the carbon and affordable warmth obligations.