What you need to know about the ECO4 (Energy Company Obligation) Grant Scheme

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What is the ECO4 scheme?

ECO4 is the latest phase of the Government-led Energy Company Obligation scheme to provide free energy-saving measures for vulnerable households, funded by the largest UK energy companies. By requiring energy companies to invest in energy-saving measures, rather than individual households, ECO4 aims to tackle fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions, and enhance overall energy efficiency.


What does the ECO4 grant cover?

ECO4 was designed with several objectives in mind. Firstly, to alleviate fuel poverty by providing assistance to the UK’s most vulnerable households, allowing them to reduce their energy consumption and associated costs. Secondly, it aims to promote the uptake of energy efficiency measures, renewable technologies, and the reduction of carbon emissions.

The grants will pay for new heating systems, such as boilers, loft or cavity insulation.


Who is eligible for the ECO4 grant?

To benefit from ECO4, you have to meet specific eligibility criteria to ensure resources are being used where they can have the most significant impact.

Eligibility is decided via a DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) check, which will verify your benefits status. You may also need to provide a Child Benefit Award Notice or declare your total household income, which needs to be within a specific threshold to qualify.


Eligible Benefits Ineligible Benefits
Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance Personal Independence Payment (PIP)


Income Support Attendance Allowance
Pension Credit Guarantee Credit Carer’s Allowance
Working Tax Credit Severe Disability Allowance
Child Tax Credit Industrials Injuries Disablement Benefit
Universal Credit War Pensions Mobility Supplement
Housing Benefit Constant Attendance Allowance
Pension Credit Savings Armed Forces Independence Payment
Child Benefit


If you’re a landlord and your tenant claims benefits, you may want to encourage them to apply for the grant, as it’ll have the added bonus of improving your property energy efficiency for years to come.

If you’re not on benefits, but your home is still energy inefficient (EPC rating of E or below), you might still be eligible for the scheme through your local council’s LAFlex Scheme.


How do I apply for an ECO4 grant?

We know that home energy grants can be a minefield, especially when the eligibility criteria seem to change so regularly, which is why we offer to take the whole thing off your hands.

Email us at hi@vibrantepcplus.co.uk, and our team will check your ECO4 eligibility and advise on how to apply.


How do I find an ECO4 approved installer?

When searching for an ECO4 approved installer, like any other contractor, it’s important to check for their industry certifications and accreditations, which will show that they have met the necessary standards and have the expertise needed to carry out the works.

Researching and finding a suitable installer can take a lot of time and back-and-forth, so as part of our Home Energy Grant Service we offer to do this for you. Email us at hi@vibrantepcplus.co.uk, and we’ll take the reins.

5 September 2023
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