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Eco Funding

What is the Energy Company Obligations (ECO)?

Is Everyone Eligible for ECO……….YES!

As the name of this Government Funded Scheme suggests, it is an obligation. Leading Energy Companies have to an obligation to deliver energy efficient measures to domestic energy users by investing around £1.3 billion a year.

ECO was introduced in January 2013, with targets to be met by 31st March 2015. It has been devised in 3 distinct categories that are explained below.
1. Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO)*
Easy to Treat (ETT): The installation of loft and cavity insulation (Primary Measures) to domestic properties within the UK from 1st April 2014. These primary measures can be installed in all properties within the UK for free as long as they are an “Easy to Treat” Install. This means that the companies installing the loft and cavity insulation on behalf of the ECO Scheme can work all the installation requirements into their own costings and still ensure that job is viable.

*CERO is currently available to all homeowners, private landlords, letting / management agents and housing associations.

2. Carbon Saving Community Obligation (CSCO):
CSCO is aimed at homes in areas of high deprivation (mainly targeting Private Landlords and Social Housing) and will primarily focus on insulation and heating measures.

CSCO Consolidates the spirit of the ECO Scheme by targeting vulnerable households that require home insulation measure and are situated within designated lower Super Output Areas.

There are 2 types of CSCO area; Rural and Low Income.

The Low Income CSCO Areas are selected by taking the bottom 25% of the Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA), which are areas of low income households. This was increased from 15% on the 1st April 2014. DSC has the full 25% of CSCO areas, contact us to see if you fall into the CSCO category and get free insulation upgrade and save money.

The Rural CSCO Areas are defined as a settlement of less than 10,000 homes, not necessarily related to income of the community. contact us to see if you fall into the Rural CSCO category

3. Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO): Affordable Warmth
In line with CSCO, HHCRO’s primary aim is to reduce bills and tackle fuel poverty. It was designated to be of benefit to a wide range of households, including those who do not use natural gas as their main fuel source. HHCRO will focus on measures that improve thermal efficiency such as heating.
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