Discover the financial support and government rebates available for relating to the rising cost of living and increased energy bills.
In the UK, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) aims to reduce carbon emissions and relieve fuel poverty.
Since its introduction in 2013, ECO has undergone several reforms to better meet the needs of households and communities. The latest version of the scheme, ECO4, was launched in 2022 and is set to run until 2026.
A key focus of ECO4 is installing energy-efficient measures in homes, particularly for those living in fuel poverty.
As part of the scheme, energy companies are required to deliver a certain amount of energy-saving measures and are incentivized to do so through a number of financial and non-financial incentives.
ECO4 offers measures as insulation, heating systems, and the installation of solar panels for renewable energy.
The scope and focus of ECO have evolved over time to better reflect the changing energy landscape and household needs.
In order to support off-gas properties and homes without access to the gas grid, ECO4 provided free solar panels, insulation, and heating systems to these homes. More homes have been able to take advantage of the scheme as a result of this reduction in the gap between energy-efficient homes and those that are not connected to the gas grid.
In England, Wales, and Scotland, ECO4 provides much-needed support to households struggling with high energy and fuel costs.
What you can find on this page
Winter Fuel Payment
Alternative Fuel Payment
Cold Weather Payment
The ECO4 scheme is a whole home scheme. The scheme designed to make substantial energy efficiency upgrades to the whole property to improve the property EPC (energy performance certificate) rating.
Solar Panels will be supplied and installed by MCS accredited installers on the roof of the property. The number and power of the Solar Panels will be decided based on energy usage, roof size and suitability.
Property Insulation will be supplied and installed in your home by trained professionals. The insulation could include loft insulation, internal wall insulation, under-floor insulation or cavity wall insulation. The type and volume of insulation will be decided by a surveyor based on property suitability and structure.
Air Source Heat Pump will be fitted by a professional engineer. The size of the heat pump will be dependent on size of the property, energy usage and other factors.
If the property has a mains gas supply and meets the ECO4 criteria relating to having a non-condensing boiler, a combi-boiler will be fitted by a Gas Safe Engineer as well as property insulation where required.
Check if you qualify for any Government Grants
Interested to see whether you are eligible for any home improvement grants? Our Energy Advice Helpline grant checker is below. Just click your answers below to see if you are eligible for any current UK energy grant schemes.
Energy Advice Helpline is a non-profit Community Interest Company that provides support and advice on rising energy costs. Our goal is to assist people by offering guidance, signposting to other relevant services, and providing information on available options for reducing energy bills and accessing Government support.