Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme aimed at helping reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.

Under ECO, medium and larger energy suppliers fund the installation of energy efficiency measures in households.

How it works

Each obligated supplier has an overall target based on its share of the domestic energy market. They work with installers to fit loft and wall insulation, heating measures and other improvements into low income households.

ECO Flexible Eligibility

A new part of the scheme called ECO Flexible Eligibility allows Local Authorities to direct assistance towards low-income, private sector households in their area which have not qualified for assistance under previous ECO schemes because they have not been in receipt of qualifying benefits.

ECO Flexible Eligibility extends eligibility to low income households which are in a property that is costly to heat and/or where one or more residents are particularly vulnerable to cold. Details of how such households will be identified by us can be found in our ECO Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent [PDF, 0.2MB].

To find out if you qualify for ECO funded energy saving improvements, contact LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership). Find out more about how LEAP is working in partnership with the Council to provide a free energy and money saving advice service for qualifying households, including referrals for ECO funded home improvements. 

For households who do not qualify for the above services, Simple Energy Advice provide lots of useful impartial and independent advice.

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