The UK government Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme has been set up to help homeowners with a low-income access home improvement for free. This scheme launched in 2013 and since then qualifying homeowners can have old, in-efficient boilers replaced by local, approved company’s, usually free of charge. There are certain types of benefits that determine whether you qualify for a new A-rated boiler. If you have a boiler that is 10 years old and receive a qualifying benefit you may be entitled to a boiler grant.
The governments ECO scheme is split in to three groups discussed below:
The home heating cost reduction obligation (HHCRO) or otherwise known as the affordable warmth obligation funds free boilers and provides insulation to private homeowners and tenants with a specific incomes or means-tested benefits. The HHCRO aids low-income homes reduce fuel poverty by making sure heat doesn’t escape from the home and is generated as efficiently as possible. Eligibility for a free boiler grant will depend on a number of aspects. A permanent resident will need to receive any of these means-tested benefits: child or working tax credit, pension credit, job seekers allowance, universal credit and employment and support allowance.
The carbon emissions reduction obligation (CERO) applied to people with difficult to treat homes, in which case a cavity wall insulation may be applied. Again, free of charge, an external wall insulation or perhaps a loft insulation will be used to reduce carbon emissions through the installation of roof and wall insulation.