The best time to act is now!
The UK Government extended the list of people eligible!
update 14 Sep 2022 - more email addresses to contact energy companies on ECO4
This will save you up to £1,000 on your energy bill every year!
The Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO4; Ofgem) came into force on 27July 2022. It will run until 31 March 2026. It makes it a legal requirement for the main energy providers to instrall home insulation/ energy efficiency measures in your home free of charge.
Both homeowners and tenants/ landlords (on behalf of eligible tenants) qualify.
1. You receive UK Government benefits/credits/allowances (see below; if so, for FREE)
or: have a household income below £31,000 (e.g. Child Benefits; free or subsidised)
2. Your House has low energy performance - energy efficiency band D-G (or E-G if you live in social housing or private rented accommodation)
--> Find out your energy efficiency rating here: https://www.gov.uk/find-energy-certificate
3. You own your home or have permission from your landlord
4. You live in England or Wales
for Scotland, please go to: https://freeinsulationscheme.org.uk/insulation-grants-scotland/ or www.homeenergyscotland.org
for Northern Ireland, please go to https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN06814/SN06814.pdf#page=23 (page 23)
You are eligible if you receive any of the following:
More information on eligibility here: https://freeinsulationscheme.org.uk/
[last update 4 October 2022] Some of this information is from OFGEM: ECO supplier contact details. You can benefit from ECO4 regardless of who you purchase your energy from.But it may be best if you start with the company that is supplying your energy (if it is listed in these top 5 companies).
Below the energy companies that have the application process open. You can contact and apply with any of these:
The following energy providers are part of ECO 4. But to find out more, you need to contact them:
The Co-operative Energy email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ovo Energy email: ECO@ovoenergy.com Call - 0800 408 6601 or 0117 203 4264 (have not responded to email from MyZeroCArbon after 24 days)
If the energy provider you contacted is not responding, complain to the UK energy regulator OFGEM via email@example.com or call 020 7901 7295.
1. Check you are eligible. (see above; income/ benefits/ current energy efficiency rating)
2. Contact an energy provider by email or online contact form (see above).
3. If you are a tenant, get your landlord's permission in writing.
4. Fill in a full application form or give your energy provider the information they ask you for.
(email, if no application form available)
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I am hereby applying for ECO4 energy saving measures.
I am a homeowner/ tenant [delete accordingly]
I have checked the eligibility criteria for ECO4. I believe I am eligible for free insulation installation. I am receiving [insert benefit name]. My home's energy rating is [Insert energy rating].
I would like to get the following done at my home:
[list what you want to do e.g.]
Please send me your application form and/or tell me about the next steps, so I can get my home insulated.
[insert your name here]
[insert your postal home address, email and or mphone number here]
If you are not eligible for free or subsidised home insulation, you can still do a DIY loft insulation and other energy saving-measures yourself. You want a thickness of 370 mm loft insulation (37 cm/ 14.5 inches). You may have to top up what you already have or install the full thickness.
We found the best priced loft insulation material at B&Q; Knauf Eko Roll Loft insulation roll
Government-endorsed: Simple Energy Advice: https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/pages/energy-company-obligation
The Free Insulation Scheme: https://freeinsulationscheme.org.uk/
Compare the Market: https://www.comparethemarket.com/energy/content/free-loft-insulation/
Energy Saving Trust information on loft insulation & how much you can save: https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/advice/roof-and-loft-insulation/
For more information, see the this blog post on how to save energy and money
For more infomration on saving enery and money at home see this YouTube video: Home heating energy savings tips
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Cost of the action:
Other benefits may include personal health, water savings, nature conservation, better air quality, income for the local economy