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Reduce Your Energy Bills With ECO4

As an ECO4 approved installer, Summit Energies is dedicated to enhancing the energy efficiency of homes while contributing to environmental sustainability. Our expert team is trained to deliver high-quality services under the ECO4 scheme.

What is the ECO4 Scheme?

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) is a government initiative in Great Britain aimed at promoting energy efficiency and addressing fuel poverty while also reducing carbon emissions. It mandates energy companies to implement energy-saving measures in domestic properties.
ECO4, which commenced on April 1, 2022, is scheduled to continue until March 31, 2026. The scheme primarily targets the enhancement of homes with the lowest energy efficiency, focusing on those in energy efficiency bands D to G, particularly aiding households struggling with fuel poverty. It advocates for a comprehensive upgrade of these homes, adopting a holistic approach to retrofitting that incorporates multiple energy-saving measures.

Am I eligible for the ECO4 Scheme?

Eligibility for the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) program is determined through a blend of criteria related to the household and the composition of its occupants. Detailed guidelines on how household composition affects eligibility can be found in Chapter 3 of the ECO4 Delivery Guidance document. There are three distinct pathways for assessing the eligibility of householders:
To qualify under ECO4, individuals must reside in private domestic premises and belong to the Help to Heat Group (HTHG). Membership in the HTHG requires receiving at least one of the following benefits, along with meeting certain income thresholds:

Eligibility Criteria

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Additionally, eligibility extends to those receiving the Core Group 1 and Core Group 2 rebate in England and Wales, or the Core Group rebate in Scotland, as part of the Warm Home Discount scheme.
Eligibility for Households with Disabilities: Households with disabilities qualify if they receive a means-tested benefit or meet the criteria under one of the four routes in the ‘ECO4 Flex’ eligibility mechanism. More information on this is available in Chapter 6 of the ECO4 Guidance.
Eligibility for Residents in Social Housing with Poor Energy Efficiency: ECO4 allows for the implementation of energy efficiency measures in social housing with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F, or G, provided the housing is rented out below market rates. The measures applicable to SAP band E-G rated social housing include insulation, first-time central heating, renewable heating (excluding replacement of similar renewable heating), district heating connections, and innovative measures (IMs). For EPC band D rated social housing, eligibility is restricted to IMs and insulation measures that meet the Minimum Insulation Requirements.

What Home Improvements Does ECO4 Cover?

Loft and Wall Insulation

Additionally, eligibility extends to those receiving the Core Group 1 and Core Group 2 rebate in England and Wales, or the Core Group rebate in Scotland, as part of the Warm Home Discount scheme.

Heating System Upgrades

The scheme may cover the replacement or repair of inefficient or broken heating systems. This could include more efficient boilers, heat pumps, or other renewable heating technologies.

Renewable Energy Technologies

Installation of renewable energy solutions like solar thermal panels can be included. These technologies help reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources and lower carbon emissions.

Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

Replacing old, inefficient windows and doors with new, energy-efficient ones can also be part of the scheme. This helps in reducing drafts and heat loss.

Smart Heating Controls

The installation of smart thermostats and controls that help manage heating more efficiently can be included, allowing homeowners to better regulate their energy usage.

Secondary Energy Saving Measures

The scheme might also include secondary measures like LED lighting and draught proofing, which further contribute to reducing energy consumption.

Insulation Covered by ECO4

Insulation plays a crucial role in enhancing the energy efficiency of buildings, making it a key focus of initiatives like the ECO4 scheme. Here’s a more detailed look at the different types of insulation and their benefits:

Renewables Covered by ECO4

Renewable energy technologies, increasingly incorporated into schemes like ECO4, are pivotal in transitioning towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy system. Here’s an overview of the types of renewable energy technologies that might be included in such initiatives:

Traditional Heating Covered by ECO4

The ECO4 scheme, aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in homes, particularly covers various heating upgrades. These upgrades are essential for enhancing the energy efficiency of homes, especially for low-income and vulnerable households. Here’s an overview of the types of heating upgrades typically covered by the ECO4 scheme:
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The ECO4 Scheme is a Government backed initiative. To learn more, visit the GOV.UK website 
The ECO4 Scheme is a UK government initiative aimed at reducing carbon emissions and tackling fuel poverty. It obliges larger energy suppliers to help households make energy-efficient improvements, thereby reducing energy bills and carbon footprints.
Eligibility is primarily based on household income and whether someone in the household receives certain benefits. It also depends on the property type and the current energy efficiency status of the home.
The scheme covers various improvements like loft, cavity wall, and underfloor insulation, upgrading or replacing inefficient heating systems, and in some cases, the installation of renewable energy technologies.
To apply, contact your energy supplier or a local installer like Summit Energies who are participating in the scheme. They will guide you through the application process, which includes a property assessment.
Many improvements under the ECO4 scheme are fully funded, meaning they can be free for eligible households. However, some might require a contribution from the homeowner.
The current ECO4 scheme is expected to run until March 2026, but this could be subject to change. It’s advisable to apply as soon as you’re eligible.
Benefits include reduced energy bills, improved home comfort and warmth, and a lower carbon footprint. It also helps to improve the overall energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock.
Yes, landlords can apply for the ECO4 scheme for their rental properties, provided the tenants meet the eligibility criteria.
After applying, an assessor will visit your home to determine what improvements can be made. Following the assessment, a qualified installer will carry out the necessary work.
Other schemes and grants may be available, such as local council grants or schemes specific to certain regions or circumstances.
The scheme is funded by larger energy suppliers as part of their obligation to help reduce overall UK carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.
The ECO4 scheme, compared to its predecessor ECO3, has updated eligibility criteria and focuses more on deeper, long-term energy efficiency improvements. The ECO4 scheme might also have broader coverage in terms of the types of improvements and the households it includes.

Apply For ECO4 Today

So if you’re ready to apply for the ECO4 Scheme, then please get in contact with us today. You can use the form on the page or reach us on 01291 421 671
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