Insulation can be one of the most cost-effective way to reduce your carbon footprint. It is guaranteed to pay itself back in a matter of years due to the reduction in bills.
Read here for more on how you can insulate and draft-proof your house by either doing it yourself or getting professional help.
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
The only government driven initiative available today for help with costs of insulation is the ECO (energy company obligation), an indirect grant given to your installer for carrying out the works, administered by Ofgem.
The initiative which began in April 2013 is aimed to help those in, or at risk of, fuel poverty. Households are able to take advantage of funding through the ECO (energy company obligation).
To qualify, you will essentially need to be enrolled in the WHDS (warm home discount scheme) or receive at least one of the following benefits and meet the income requirements:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Child Benefit (on the condition that the household’s relevant income does not exceed the amount set out in Chapter 3 of our scheme guidance)
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Mobility Supplement
- Personal Independence Payment
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)
- Universal Credit
It is important to be aware that being eligible does not mean anyone is obliged to fund work for you. If you are eligible measures may be funded by one of the obligated suppliers (most major energy companies) who can be contacted to discuss what is possible. You do not need to be a customer of the obligated supplier you contact.
Further eligibility details, additional information and how to apply can be found here.
You may be contacted by an installer claiming to work under the ECO scheme and if so it is essential that you verify their credentials. They are only able to do work under the scheme via an obligated supplier.