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Free heating systems and insulation with the ECO4 scheme

You might be able to get free eco-friendly heating systems and insulation installed with the government’s ECO4 scheme.

The government have pledged £4 billion as part of their Energy Company Obligation to tackle fuel poverty amid energy price rises and improve the efficiency of the UK’s housing stock.

What is the ECO4 scheme?

ECO4 is a government programme aiming to improve energy efficiency in the UK’s least efficient homes, cutting energy usage and reducing bills.

By installing better heating systems and improving insulation in homes it helps families and individuals keep warmth in, reducing the need for electricity and gas.

Joining ECO4 means saving money on utility bills and contributing to environmental conservation by creating more eco houses.

Participants can receive free upgrades like a new heating system, loft, underfloor and cavity wall insulation, smart thermal controls, solar panels, or air source heat pumps, all fully funded by ECO4.

Who is eligible for the ECO4 scheme?

If you receive certain benefits like Pension Credit, Universal Credit, or Housing Benefits, you’re eligible for the ECO4 scheme.

You can also qualify if you get Child Benefit and your yearly income is below a certain level.

If you don’t receive these benefits, you might still qualify through your council’s ECO4 Flex rules. These rules apply if your yearly income is under £31,000, you have a health condition worsened by living in a cold home, or you’re vulnerable to cold home effects.

To be eligible for the ECO4 scheme, your Energy Performance Certificate rating (EPC), must be D, E, F, or G.

You can use the energy performance certificate register to find your property’s energy efficiency rating.

To receive an ECO grant a registered installer will also need to survey your home to ensure it meets all necessary criteria.

How to apply for the ECO4 scheme?

You can contact your local council to find out if they’re taking part in the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

You can also contact an energy supplier directly or see which suppliers are taking part in the scheme on the Ofgem website.

The scheme is active until March 31, 2026.

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