What is ECO?

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government scheme operated by larger energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency improvements to domestic homes across the UK.

These energy efficiencies are funded by energy suppliers with the aim to reduce the amount of energy that homes in Britain use and also to ease fuel poverty. Through the ECO scheme we are helping those that are eligible reduce their energy usage and save money on their energy bills.

Those that qualify may be eligible for –

  • Free or subsidised cavity wall insulation
  • Free or subsidised loft insulation
  • Free or subsidised energy efficient replacement boiler

This is a national Government initiative; you don’t have to be a co-op energy customer to be eligible.

How is ECO funded?

ECO is funded by the larger energy suppliers. Energy suppliers obligated under the scheme decide how they meet their obligations, including which homes to treat and how much subsidy they provide to each heating or insulation measure. This may depend on the size and type of the property, the consumers’ individual circumstances and whether other finance is also being used, for example Green Deal finance.

Am I Eligible?

First of all, to be eligible you must own the property or be a private tenant; if you’re a tenant we will need permission from your landlord before any improvements can be made. Each property is assessed independently but there are a number of ways in which you can qualify. For the free insulation measures your home must be considered suitable, our installers can confirm upon assessment whether your home would be suitable.

There are 3 ways in which you can be considered eligible:-

  • If your walls or loft are currently uninsulated
  • If you live in a particular area
  • If you or someone you live with receives certain government benefits

Benefits

Claiming certain Government benefits could also mean you qualify (evidence to demonstrate that these are received must be shown before work can commence).

Standalone Benefits

If you are in receipt of –

  • State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit with relevant income £16,010 or less

Then you could automatically be eligible.

Benefit Combinations

If you are in receipt of any of the benefit combinations below:

Benefit Combination 1

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support

Above, plus one of the below

  1. Are responsible for a child under the age of 16 who resides with them
  2. Are responsible for a child 16 or over but under the age of 20 who resides with them and is in full-time education (other than higher education) or approved training
  3. Receive a disabled child premium
  4. Receive a disability premium, enhanced disability premium or severe disability premium
  5. Receive a pensioner premium, higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium
  6. Receive child tax credit which includes a disability or severe disability element
  7. Are in a work related activity or receive a support component (only with Income-related Employment and Support Allowance)

 

Benefit Combination 2

  • Receive Working Tax Credit with relevant income £16,010 or less.

Plus any of the below:-

  1. Are responsible for a child under the age of 16 who resides with you
  2. Are responsible for a child 16 or over but under the age of 20 who resides with you and is in full-time education (other than higher education) or approved training
  3. Receive a disability or severe disability element
  4. Are aged 60 or over

 

Benefit Combination 3

  • Receive Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of £1,250 or less in any one of the assessment periods in the previous 12 months

Plus any of the below:-

  1. Are responsible for a child under the age of 16 who resides with you
  2. Are responsible for a qualifying young person 16 or over but under the age of 20 who resides with you and is in full-time education (other than advanced education) or approved training
  3. Have limited capability for work, or limited capability for work and work-related activity
  4. Receive Disability Living Allowance
  5. Receive Personal Independence Payment

 

Assessment / Installation

Our assessors will come to your home and assess its eligibility, once your chosen improvements have been confirmed by the installer, they will advise what you are eligible to receive free of charge or what contributions, if any, you will be required to make.

To find out more about the Eco scheme, click here to see our frequently asked questions.

To apply please download and complete your application form and return it to:

              
                               

 


ecom@cooperativeenergy.coop

                
                    

 

   Energy Company Obligation (ECO)                     
   Co-operative Energy 
   Warwick Technology Park 
   Warwick 
   CV34 6DA

 

If you have any questions or queries about the Co-operative Energy ECO Scheme, please contact the team on Freephone: 0800 093 7541 or email: ecom@cooperativeenergy.coop.