Feed in Tariff

The Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme closed to new applicants in April 2019.  

Energy Company Obligations (ECO)

The Energy Company Obligations (ECO) provide alternative funding schemes for energy efficiency measures, which aim to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.

How does ECO work?

Under ECO, energy suppliers fund the installation of energy efficiency measures in British households. The energy suppliers have a target based on their share of the domestic energy market in Britain. The suppliers are known as ‘obligated suppliers’ and you don’t have to buy your energy from one of them to receive the funding. They work with installers to introduce energy efficiency measures into your home.

Installers under ECO must be PAS 2030: 2017 (Publically Available Specification) accredited and MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) accredited if installing microgeneration measures.

These energy efficiency measures include the following and some conditions may apply:

  • External and internal solid wall insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Loft insulation 
  • First-time central heating
  • High efficiency condensing gas boilers
  • Heating controls
  • Smart thermostats

To be eligible for the installation of energy efficiency measures under the ECO scheme you need to receive at least one of the following benefits and satisfy the relevant income requirements, where applicable:

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Child Benefit (on the condition that the household’s relevant income does not exceed the amount set out in Chapter 3 of our scheme guidance)
  • 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