What is the ECO4 scheme?
ECO4 is a government-backed scheme to make homes in the UK use less energy and lower bills. It helps British families and individuals make their homes better at keeping heat in. This way, people can use less electricity and gas to keep warm.
If you join, you will save money on utility bills (and save the planet!). You can get better heating, loft and wall insulation, smart thermal controls, solar panels, or even an air source heat pump – all free and 100% funded by the ECO4 Scheme.
This is the 4th final stage of the ECO programme. So don’t wait – start your application today.
UK Energy Support is here to help you with the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants. These grants, paid for by your energy provider, mean you won’t be out of pocket when making your home more energy-efficient. With these grants, you can get heating improvements and insulation measures at no cost to you! This means less heat escapes from your home, you use less energy to keep warm, and your energy bills go down. Plus, it’s a step forward in cutting down carbon emissions.
Energy company obligation ECO4 scheme explained
The ECO programme has evolved over the years, with the ECO4 grant being its latest iteration, designed to bolster the UK’s commitment to a greener future.
Overseen by Ofgem, this scheme focuses on minimum energy efficiency requirements that homes should meet. One of its standout features is the local authority flexible energy initiative, which seeks to address the needs of specific regions.
For homeowners still using a non condensing gas boiler, this scheme provides an opportunity to upgrade to energy efficient heaters or insulate their homes, among other heating measures. Those who claim benefits access funding can avail of this grant to improve energy efficiency in their homes, whether it’s through the installation of an electric storage heater or the implementation of ventilation measures to ensure optimal air quality and moisture control.
The overarching goal of the ECO4 scheme is not just to provide warmth but to significantly reduce carbon emissions, making homes more sustainable for the future.
There are many routes to apply for this grant. For example, checking your eligibility for the government grant through companies who work with energy suppliers and Ofgem such as UK Energy Support (UKES).
You can check ECO4 criteria for the grant below.
The government has stated that they are committed to supporting energy suppliers in reaching rural communities and fuel poor homes and communities in having better quality heating in their properties. Empowered with the government energy support initiatives, energy companies now aim to enable small suppliers to combat climate change through increasing the number of energy efficient homes and minimising fuel poverty across the country.
How is the ECO 4 scheme different from ECO3
The ECO4 and ECO3 schemes are similar in principles, but there are some significant improvements to the ECO 4 scheme implementation mostly through scoring methodology and other grant funding views for eligible households.
Take the first step to find out if you’re eligible for ECO4 energy efficient homes fund.
The ECO 3 scheme is one of the versions of the Energy Company Obligation ECO scheme from the government, which ran from 2018 to 2022.
While there have been many benefits to such grants that target low income households, and it is primarily considered a success, some complaints have been registered by homeowners and local authorities; these are aimed to be changed with the ECO4 consultation.
This version of the scheme focused on turning the least energy efficient homes into safe and warm houses to lower fuel poverty, much as the new iteration will, only on a larger scale.
During ECO3, it is believed that the cap of 35,000 homes may have allowed vulnerable and fuel poor individuals to fall through the gaps when they could benefit from the ECO funds.
The ECO4 fund aims to provide a larger range of funding for vulnerable households to improve the efficiency and heating of their home. With inflation taken into account, there will be £640 million available to target support to those in the largest need.
It also took four weeks to receive a consultation during this form of the scheme, whereas the newer form intends of having an assessment done within a week of the eligibility check.
ECO4 is a government backed scheme
Energy Efficiency Info
What is energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency simply means using less energy to get the same results when it comes to decreasing fuel poverty, while also attempting to reduce pollution and target low income homes to help with gas and electric bills. There are other grant funding views focusing on replacing gas boilers and installing heat pumps (learn more about air source heat pump grant or Boiler Upgrade Scheme) because ECO interacts and enable small suppliers from various groups to fulfil the obligation. However, here at UK Energy Support, we focus on measures.
Why is energy efficiency important?
Energy efficiency is important for all of us, as it benefits the planet and your lifetime savings. An example of this is a deeper retrofit on homes bringing more heat pumps and fulfilling the Energy Company Obligation ECO4. During the consultation sets for ECO4, it was stated that energy efficiency should be prioritised.
Energy efficiency priorities
The government has lain out how it intends to make homes more energy efficient by the end of ECO 4. Some of those intentions include prioritising repairs and removing inefficient boilers quickly.
Along with new heating systems, it is a priority of the ECO4 consultation to provide high-quality insulation for homes without it, increasing the energy efficiency of homes and lessening the fuel poverty in UK homes.
Is the Energy Funding Service legitimate?
It is a very good question asked by many when they find out that they can improve their home energy efficiency without spending a penny. Replacements of electric storage heaters or cavity wall insulation are not cheap, so how come they can be done for FREE?
The Energy Funding Serve is a non-profit scheme supported by the United Kingdom government and energy companies.
The aim of this fund is to offer greater support to low-income households and help to lower carbon emissions across the UK (excluding Northern Ireland).
By 2050, it is the aim of the government to lower these emissions by 78%.
Who are UKES & what do we do?
UK Energy Support is run by a trusted North East installation company called UK Energy Management NE Ltd based in Southwick, Sunderland, although we operate across the United Kingdom.
We are working in accordance with Ofgem regulations in a scheme initiated by the government. We offer either 100% free home energy efficiency upgrades from government funding or partially funded in cases where home improvements to your home do not qualify for the full grant. We work to minimise heat loss within homes while also helping you to lower your fuel bills.
The ECO4 grants were open from April last year. You can check if you’re eligible for the application today.
Don't wait! Apply Today
The ECO4 grant won’t include some benefits in eligibility criteria, so contact us now, so you don’t miss out on the best electric heating system installation. Upgrade your home energy efficiency before bad weather, cold temperatures and high bills catch you off guard.