It is the Government’s new domestic energy efficiency programme which has replaced the existing CERT and CESP programmes, both of which come to a close at the end of 2012. ECO works alongside the Green Deal to provide additional support for packages of energy efficiency measures. ECO also provides insulation and heating packages to low income and vulnerable households and insulation measures to low income communities.
ECO creates a legal obligation on energy suppliers to improve the energy efficiency of households through the establishment of three distinct targets:
the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (20.9 million lifetime tonnes of carbon dioxide). Focusing on hard to treat homes and, in particular, measures that cannot be fully funded through the Green Deal. Solid wall insulation and hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation are the primary measures that the Government intends to be promoted under this target. Other insulation measures and connections to district heating systems are also eligible if they are promoted as part of a package that includes solid wall insulation or hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation. For free cavity wall insulation please call the office today on 01484 818884
the Carbon Saving Community Obligation (6.8 million lifetime tonnes of carbon dioxide). Focusing on the provision of insulation measures and connections to district heating systems to domestic energy users that live within an area of low income. This target has a sub-target, which states that at least 15% of each supplier’s Carbon Saving Community Obligation must be achieved by promoting measures to low income and vulnerable households living in rural areas.
the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (£4.2bn of lifetime cost savings). Requiring energy suppliers to provide measures which improve the ability of low income and vulnerable households (the ‘Affordable Warmth Group’) to affordably heat their homes. A heating qualifying action is the installation of a measure that will result in a heating saving; including the replacement or repair of a qualifying boiler.