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Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions About the Eco4 Grant Scheme

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions About the Eco4 Grant Scheme

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme aims to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty by providing grants for insulation, heating systems, and other energy-saving measurements to eligible households.

Our previous post delved into the specific boiler replacement grant under the ECO4 scheme. However, you might still have some questions about the Eco4 scheme. Not to worry, that’s what we’re here for. This article will address the most common queries we receive about ECO4. Let’s dive in!

Who is eligible for the ECO4 scheme?

The eligibility criteria for the ECO4 scheme may appear complex but do not worry – The free Boiler Grant can handle the checks for you.

Firstly, your home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is crucial. Only homes rated D or lower are eligible for the scheme. The more significant the improvement in your EPC rating, the more grant funding your property can receive. If you don’t have an EPC, don’t worry. Contact us, and we’ll guide you on obtaining one hassle-free.

Additionally, your eligibility is influenced by any benefits you receive. ECO4 aims to assist those at risk of fuel poverty, so the criteria are stringent. Again, we can help you with this process.

Here are the qualifying benefits:

Households may qualify for an ECO4 grant if they receive benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Pension Credit, Tax Credits, or Universal Credit. You may qualify even if you receive Child Benefit, but additional income-related rules apply.

Under the Local Authority Flex scheme, households may qualify based on low income, vulnerability (including health conditions or age demographics), or health grounds.

However, this list only covers some scenarios, so our experts are here to help. By understanding your unique situation, our team can determine your eligibility for funding. Feel free to give us a call or use our free grant checker.

What is funded under Gov ECO4 Grant UK?

ECO4 offers a variety of heating measures to enhance energy efficiency in homes. However, it prioritizes insulation through a “fabric-first” approach.

Essential heating and insulation measures covered under ECO4 include:

  • Upgrading non-condensing boilers to A-rated boilers.
  • Replacing inefficient storage heaters with high heat retention units.
  • Upgrading heating systems to air-source heat pumps.
  • Installing wall insulation (cavity or solid).
  • Loft or roof insulation.
  • Ventilation systems.
  • Heating controls.

Can I get free modern central heating or storage heaters if I don’t have central heating?

Yes, ECO4 grants cover installing or replacing electric storage heaters for eligible homes, including those off the gas grid, flats, or apartments. Your home’s EPC rating and other criteria determine the grant size.

Remember, the grant amount depends on factors like your home’s EPC rating and the type of heating system you’re replacing. We at Free Boiler Grants can navigate the intricacies of ECO4’s rules to secure the maximum grant for your property.

Which energy companies offer the ECO scheme?

Major energy suppliers obligated to offer the ECO scheme include British Gas, Bulb Energy, E.ON Energy, Ecotricity, EDF Energy, ESB Energy, Foxglove Energy, Scottish Power, Shell Energy, and Octopus Energy.

What is the timeline for the ECO4 scheme?

The ECO4 scheme is slated to run until March 2026, with £1 billion allocated annually. Launched in April 2022, it targets free energy-saving measures, particularly for households in EPC bands D-G.

What if my energy supplier isn’t part of the ECO4 scheme?

Although significant energy suppliers must participate in ECO4, smaller ones may opt in. If your energy supplier isn’t part of the scheme, you might miss out on its benefits through them. However, Free Boiler Grants can assist you in exploring alternative energy efficiency grants and schemes tailored to your needs.

Will participating in ECO4 affect my benefits?

Participating in ECO4 will be OK with your benefits. The scheme aims to provide free energy-saving measures to those in need, focusing on improving energy efficiency for low-income, fuel-poor, and vulnerable households without affecting benefit eligibility.

Why can’t I get a replacement gas boiler?

ECO4 promotes low-carbon and renewable technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of UK homes. Therefore, gas boilers are only eligible if your existing one is faulty and replaced with a more efficient model. Additional insulation or smart controls may also be required to maximize energy savings.

Do I need to pay for my ECO4 grant installation?

You won’t have to pay anything for your ECO4 grant installation if you are eligible. The scheme’s generous funding covers the costs.

How do I check if I have an EPC, and what rating is it?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) shows your property’s energy efficiency, ranging from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). You can check if you have an EPC and its rating by visiting the government records online or finding an accredited assessor if you don’t have one.

Free Boiler Grant is a leading energy grant specialist brand committed to making homes more energy-efficient and comfortable. Whether you’re exploring options or ready to take action, we offer guidance and support throughout your ECO4 journey. 

Take advantage of these opportunities; check your eligibility today and join the movement toward a warmer, more energy-efficient home that saves you money.

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