Energy Company Obligation ECO scheme

Do you qualify for the government ECO scheme with us? Find out if you’re eligible for a gas boiler replacement, loft and/or cavity wall insulation.

Call us: 0333 200 5119(1)

What is the government's ECO scheme?

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme helps people to cut their energy use and costs through home improvements.

All the big energy companies take part, by installing free home insulation and subsidised boilers for eligible customers.More than 2 million British households have benefited from the scheme between January 2013 and May 2019.

The scheme – which replaced the Home Front grant in 2013 – is also known as the ECO Affordable Warmth scheme. You might also see it called ECO3, because we're onto the third version of the scheme.

family with young child

Who qualifies for the ECO scheme?

You can apply for ECO home improvements through your energy supplier if you meet three qualifying criteria:

  1. You own or privately rent your home.
  2. You get at least one qualifying benefit, such as income support or disability living allowance. See the full list of qualifying benefits.
  3. Your home has an EPC rating of A to E.

Don't qualify for ECO? Homeowners and people living in privately rented homes can apply for other home improvement grants and schemes.

What can you get with the ECO scheme?

The energy companies on the ECO scheme generally offer free loft insulation, free cavity wall insulation and subsidised replacement boilers to eligible customers.

The scheme could save you thousands of pounds on installation costs alone – and cut a few hundred pounds a year off your energy bill through efficiency savings.

And, of course, you and your family will enjoy a a warm, draught-free home.

Loft insulation

new loft insulation rolls

What can I get?

  • Mineral wool insulation

  • Cold water tanks and pipe insulation

  • Loft vents

  • Downlighter covers

Is it free?

  • Yes – all installation and material costs are covered

Are there any conditions?

  • Loft is accessible

  • Loft has not been converted into a room

  • Existing loft insulation is 100mm thick or less

  • No infestations or water damage to loft

Cavity wall insulation

cavity wall insulation being pumped

What can I get?

  • Cavity wall material in external walls

  • A 25-year guarantee

Is it free?

  • Yes – all installation and material costs are covered

Are there any conditions?

  • Walls are in good condition

  • Home is less than three storeys high

  • Cavity is at least 50mm wide

  • No issues with rain or high-water penetration

  • Your home was built before 1983

Gas boiler replacement

engineer showing how to use boiler controls

What can I get?

  • Replacement boiler

  • Connection to existing pipework and controls

  • Associated electrical works

  • Carbon monoxide detector

  • A minimum one-year warranty on parts and labour

Is it free?

  • Not quite – you usually have to pay a small amount of the cost

Are there any conditions?

  • Your current boiler is broken

  • You own your home (this is not available if you rent)

  • You pay £240 of the installation costs (or a little more for a complex installation)

We don't currently provide new boilers on the ECO scheme

How much can you save with the ECO scheme?

The savings you make on the ECO3 scheme will depend on the home improvements you're doing; the type of house you live in; and how energy efficient it is in the first place.

The Energy Saving Trust's guides to loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and boiler replacement show the typical costs and savings involved for various types of housing. Our table shows you the figures for a mid-terrace house:

Typical costs and savings for a mid terrace house

Home improvement

Installation cost

Cost on ECO Scheme

Energy bill savings

Loft insulation

£285

£0

£135 per year

Cavity wall insulation

£390

£0

£105 per year

New boiler + thermostatic valves

£2,300

£240 (or a little more for complex installations)

£105 per year

Energy Saving Trust figures

ECO home improvements in numbers

Savings will depend on the type and size of home and the efficiency rating of your old boiler. Figures from Energy Saving Trust.

  • 25% - A quarter of heat is lost through the roof of an uninsulated home

  • £135 - £250 - The amount you can save per yer on your energy bills by insulating your loft

  • 33% - A third of an uninsulated home's heat loss escapes through the walls

  • £85 - £280 - The energy efficiency saving you can make each year by adding cavity wall insulation

  • 55% - Heating accounts for more than half of your total energy bill - so an efficient boiler makes a huge difference

  • £45-£315 - The amount you can save each year in heating costs, by replacing an old gas boiler with a new, A-rated condensing boiler with programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls

How does the ECO application process work for EDF customers

We helped our customers make 113,000 energy-saving home improvements on the ECO scheme between 2015 and 2019.

Can you join them? Check your eligibility, then get your ECO application in. You could have free loft insulation, free cavity wall insulation or a subsidised boiler installed within three months.

How it works

Day 1

Apply

Get in touch with us on: 0333 200 5119(1)

Within a few weeks

Book

Arrange a time for a free, no-obligation technical survey

Within 4 weeks

Survey

Our professional installer assesses your home. If you're having a boiler installed, they'll tell you if it's a simple (£240) or complex job (£240+)

After your survey

Invoice (for up-front boiler costs)

You'll get an invoice for any any work that needs to be done ahead of your boiler installation

Within three months

Install

You'll get your free loft insulation, free cavity wall insulation or subsidised boiler, along with any warranty and maintenance documents

After your installation

Invoice (boiler)

You'll get an invoice for £240 if your boiler installation was simple; or a bit more if it was more complex

David talking about his insulation install with the ECO scheme

What our customers say

In this video, one of our customers, David Cowell, shares his experience with the ECO scheme.

He had a new loft and cavity wall insulation installed, and is very pleased with the result.

storage heater in family home

What other home improvements can be done under the ECO energy-efficiency scheme?

The big energy companies, like EDF, tend to only offer free loft insulation, free cavity wall insulation and subsidised boilers.

But other home-efficiency improvements can be done under the scheme, including:

  • Boiler repair
  • District heating system
  • Electric storage heater
  • First-time central heating
  • Micro-generation
  • Park home external wall insulation
  • Room in roof insulation
  • Solid wall insulation
  • Under-floor insulation
man in a wheelchair

What benefits qualify you for the scheme?

You qualify for the ECO scheme if you get at least one of the following benefits:

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Child Benefit (subject to maximum income)
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Mobility Supplement
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)
  • Universal Credit

What's the maximum I can earn to qualify through child benefits?

 

1 child

2 children

3 children

4 or more children

Single claimant

£18,500

£23,000

£27,500

£32,000

Couple

£25,500

£30,000

£34,500

£39,000

What other home improvement grants, schemes and loans are available?

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London England

England

Green Homes Grant scheme: Homeowners and landlords in England can get vouchers worth up to £5,000 or £10,000 to make energy-efficient improvements to their properties.
Under the new scheme, they can get a home insulation grant, an air source heat pump grant, a ground source heat pump grant and a grant for solar thermal panels.

Edinburgh Scotland

Scotland

HEEPS Warmer Homes Scotland scheme: Homeowners and private-sector tenants struggling to heat their homes can apply for free insulation or a free boiler (funded by the Scottish Government).

Home Energy Scotland loan: Homeowners in Scotland can get an interest-free loan to make their homes warm and energy efficient (funded by the Scottish Government).

Cardiff Bay Wales

Wales

Nest: Homeowners and tenants in private property in Wales can apply for free energy-efficiency home improvements, Nest is available to low-income households and people with certain health conditions (funded by the Welsh government).

Home Improvement Loan: Homeowners in Wales can get an interest-free loan to make their homes warm, safe and secure (funded by the Welsh Government).

local government town hall

Local authority grants

Find out if there are any energy-saving grants, discounts or funding schemes for your postcode:

England and Wales

Go to Simple Energy Advice

Scotland

Go to Home Energy Scotland