Is the ECO4 Scheme a Scam?

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Everyone deserves to live in a warm, dry home but this can be difficult for some low income, vulnerable or fuel poor households. Luckily, there are measures which have been put in place to address this issue, including the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) Scheme.

The government has worked with consultants from the Energy Company Obligation and the ECO4 Scheme was launched in 2022, replacing the former ECO3 scheme which started in 2013. If you’re worried it’s too good to be true, don’t be. The ECO4 scheme is completely legitimate, so if you want to know more about how it works and how you could save, see below for our handy guide.

Row of typical houses in a street

What is the ECO4 Scheme?

ECO4 is a government energy efficiency scheme, designed to tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions across Great Britain. It helps low income, vulnerable or fuel poor homes to access funding for an upgraded heating system. Under ECO4, medium and large energy suppliers fund the installation of energy efficient systems in British households.

Each obligated supplier has a target to meet (based on their share of the domestic energy market) and they work with installers to introduce energy efficient measures to British homes. These include things like loft or wall insulation, or heating measures.

Eligibility for the ECO4 Scheme

Payment thresholds have been removed from the qualifying criteria so qualifying is based solely on receipt of certain benefits. These include:

● Pension Credit Guarantee Credit Element

● Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

● Income based job seekers allowance (JSA)

● Income Support

● Working and Child Tax Credits

● Carers Allowance

● Disability Living Allowance

● Personal Independence Payment

● Child Benefits (See Income Threshhold)

● Child Tax Credits

There are some additional benefits which mean you might be eligible, you can check your eligibility on a website like UK Energy Management (NE) Ltd here.

Savings last year

Companies like UK Energy Management (NE) Ltd help customers to access funding for the ECO4 Scheme. In 2021 we helped thousands of households, installing 9,183 measures with total life savings of £103,340,191! There’ll be many more this year in 2022.

Want to know if you qualify for the ECO4 grant? Get in touch with UK Energy Management (NE) Ltd to find out if you’re eligible. We’ll help you every step of the way, from explaining your options to finding you a deal that best suits your individual needs. Don’t meet the criteria for funding? All is not lost – we can contact your local authority who may be able to offer our services through flexible eligibility. For more information about ECO4 funding, give us a call today or contact us via our website.

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