The government has been working on support to keep low-income households warm this winter.
Two ECO scheme grants were announced by the government in April 2021 (ECO3) and again in April 2022 (ECO4) to help tenants and landlords keep homes warm while also decreasing the carbon footprint.
You can apply for the grant to get help heating your home this winter and save on our energy bills.
What is ECO and what ECO grant schemes are available to apply for?
ECO stands for Energy Company Obligation.
There are currently two ECO grant schemes that you can apply for and keep your home warm this winter.
What types of ECO schemes can you apply for?
The ECO3 is a grant that you can get if you want to upgrade your uneconomic room heaters to electric heaters to help cut down the cost of your energy. Or you can get insulation to help keep your home warmer for longer, while using less heating, which will also help save you money on energy bills.
This grant allows you to get an insulation or energy company to come to your home to install electric heaters or install insulation completely free of charge.
The ECO4 scheme is an extension to ECO3. It was announced by the government to help households on low incomes make their homes more energy-efficient.
How do you apply for an ECO4 grant and what rules must you follow?
Applications for the ECO4 grant are already open and you can apply if you are on benefits or living on a low income, but you must:
- Get your landlord’s permission first, unless you’re a homeowner
- Meet the eligibility criteria.
To meet the eligibility criteria for this grant, you must be receiving:
- Universal Credit (UC)
- Child tax credit/ or working tax credits
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- Income-based Job seeker’s allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support (IS)
- Housing benefit
- Pension Credit savings credit
- Working Tax Credit (WTC)
- Warm Home Discount Scheme Rebate.
OR if you are in a low-income household, you can qualify if you are:
- Receiving child benefit
- Have a serious illness
- Are over 65 years old
- Have a child under 5 years.
A variety of providers offer various energy efficiency grant options and information including:
- Energy Grants UK who offer various insulation options and can help ECO4 grant applicants
- UK Energy Support who will help you check your eligibility and grant options available
- eco4.org.uk, where you can find out more about your eligibility, various energy efficiency options, and the grant application process for ECO4
- ecoscheme.org.uk where you can find out if you qualify for a new boiler.