ECO Energy Companies Obligation
The ECO for the big six energy suppliers is also being launched in early 2013. It is in three parts:
Affordable Warmth Obligation
To provide heating and hot water saving measures, insulation, glazing and microgeneration technologies (except PV) to low-income and vulnerable households (but social housing tenants are not eligible for affordable warmth).There are complex eligibility criteria for this means-tested scheme. Call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 to check whether you might be eligible, and to apply if you are.
Carbon Saving Obligation
To provide funding to insulate solid-walled properties (internal and external wall insulation) and those with ‘hard-to-treat’ cavity walls. It is hoped that providing funding for the more expensive energy saving measures will help meet the Governments targets to reduce Carbon levels over the next decade. This is not means-tested but can be used in conjunction with the Green Deal.
Carbon Saving Communities Obligation
To provide insulation and glazing measures to people living in the bottom 15% of the UK's most deprived areas. It is expected that this element of ECO will particularly benefit the social housing sector. Through ECO, the government aims to help 230,000 low-income households or those in low-income areas. Of the expected investment by suppliers of £1.3bn per year, there will be a 75:25 split between the carbon and affordable warmth obligations. Many People within the UK are living in “Fuel Poverty” so this element of ECO provides insulation and double glazing. Fuel poverty is defined as when people are spending more than 10% of their net monthly income on their energy bills. It is expected that this element of ECO will particularly benefit the social housing sector.
The main energy suppliers are investing £1.3 billion a year into the fund.
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