Energy Companies Obligation (ECO)

Green Deal and ECO

The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) is an energy efficiency programme that was introduced into Great Britain at the beginning of 2013. It replaces two previous schemes, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).

ECO places legal obligations on the larger energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency measures to domestic energy users. The ECO operates alongside the Green Deal which is designed to help people make energy efficiency improvements to buildings by allowing them to pay the costs through their energy bills rather than upfront.

The Green Deal and ECO provide support in the domestic sector, with a particular focus on vulnerable consumer groups and hard-to-treat homes.

ECO targets:

Under the rules of the Energy Companies Obligation, energy suppliers are obliged to help improve the energy efficiency of their domestic customers’ buildings in three distinct areas:

1. Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation

Under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation, energy companies must concentrate efforts on hard-to-treat homes and measures that cannot be fully funded through the Green Deal. Solid wall insulation and hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation are the primary areas for focus under this target. Other insulation measures and connections to district heating systems are also eligible if they are promoted as part of a package that includes solid wall insulation or hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation.

This is available to EVERYONE! So if you live in a solid wall property (Pre-1930), or have a hard to treat cavity (Pre-1950) you could have External solid wall insulation, internal solid wall insulation, heating systems and Loft insulation up to 100% funded! That's £10,000's of pounds worth of work for FREE!

Call our free phone number or fill out the submission form to on the right to find out how much funding you will be eligible for!

Note funding rates are always changing and will effect how much can be funded. 

2. Carbon Saving Community Obligation

Under the Carbon Saving Community Obligation, energy companies must focus on the provision of insulation measures and connections to domestic district heating systems supplying areas of low income. This target has a sub-target, which states that at least 15 per cent of each supplier’s Carbon Saving Community Obligation must be achieved by promoting measures to low income and vulnerable households living in rural areas.

3. Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation

Under the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation, energy suppliers are required to provide measures which improve the ability of low income and vulnerable households (the ‘Affordable Warmth Group’) to heat their homes. This includes actions that result in heating savings, such as the replacement or repair of a boiler for example. Check out the eligibility of the affordable warmth below.

Eligibility for Affordable warmth ECO

You must own your property or rent it privately and have the owner’s permission to do the work.

You must also get one of the following benefits:

  • Pension Credit Child Tax Credit (income is £15,860 or less)
  • Working Tax Credit (income is £15,860 or less) - plus one of the extra conditions below
  • Income Support - plus one of the extra conditions below
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance - plus one of the extra conditions below
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance – plus the support or work related element, or one of the extra conditions below
Extra conditions:

For certain benefits, one of the following must also apply:
  • You're responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they're in education or training)
  • You get Disabled Child Premium
  • You get Disability Premium
  • You get Pensioner Premium
  • You're 60 or over (only if you get Working Tax Credit)


If you meet the criteria above you could get FREE loft insulation, a FREE boiler along with other energy efficient measures! So call our free phone number now or fill out the submission form on the right hand side of the page!


* insulation is only free if it is fully funded, the green deal can be used to pay the remainder in most cases, please contact us for more details.

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