ECO 3 Grants


ECO 3 Grants

What is the ECO scheme?

The Government led Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO) helps families who are on low incomes and in receipt of government benefits to reduce their energy bills. If you meet the criteria you could get a free grant towards a new Boiler, Insulation or First Time Central Heating in your home.

All the big energy companies like British Gas, EDF, E.ON, Npower and Scottish Power are required by the government to help you save money on your heating if you meet the scheme's criteria. The easiest way they can do this is to provide better insulation and more efficient heating for your home.


Loft Insulation

Heat from your house will rise resulting in about quarter of the heat generated being lost through the roof of an un-insulated home. Insulating the roof space of your home is the simplest, most cost-effective way of saving energy and reducing your heating bills.

Insulation should be applied to the loft area to a depth of at least 270mm, both between the joists and above as the joists themselves create a "heat bridge" and transfer heat to the air above. With modern insulating techniques and materials, It's still possible to use the space for storage or as a habitable space with the use of insulated floor panels.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that an annual saving of £250 is achieved on an average detached house in the UK.




Room In Roof Insulation

Room In Roof Insulation grants are now being offered as part of the government's new Energy Companies Obligation scheme. The grants cover the entire cost of having all loft rooms insulated to current building regulations using the latest insulation materials.

Many older properties that were originally built with loft room space or 'Room-in-Roof' were either not insulated at all or insulated using inadequate materials and techniques compared to current building regulations. A room in roof or attic room is simply defined by the presence of a fixed staircase to access the room. 

By employing the latest insulation materials and methods, insulating existing attic rooms means that you can still use the roof space for storage or additional room space if needed while still trapping heat in the property and rooms below.

Around 25% of all the heat is lost in an un-insulated room in the roof. You could save you up to £400 a year on your fuel bills by adequately insulating the rooms in the roof.




Cavity Wall Insulation

About 35% of all heat loss from UK homes takes place through external walls. Most homes built after 1920 have twin exterior walls with a narrow cavity between them. This can be filled with an insulating material by injecting  beads into the wall. This restricts any warmth passing between them, reducing the money you spend on heating.

If you're unsure whether your walls have a cavity in them you can usually check by either looking at the pattern of bricks or by measuring the thickness of the walls next to a door or window: If the thickness of the wall is 260mm or greater, the wall probably has a cavity. If the brickwork is exposed, look at the brick pattern. If the bricks are all oblong, laid end-to-end then the wall is likely to have a cavity. If some of the bricks are laid with the square end facing, the wall is likely to be solid. If the wall is stone, it is likely to be solid.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that an annual saving of £250 is achieved on an average detached house in the UK.




Solid Wall Insulation

About 35% of all heat loss from UK homes takes place through external walls. Most homes built before 1920 have solid walls. Solid walls are usually notoriuosly bad for retaining heat, typically allowing twice as much heat to escape as cavity walls. Solid walls can usually be insulated either by applying high density insulation material internally, externally or both. 


External Wall Insualtion - External Wall Insulation is an extremely effective means of insulating solid wall properties to significantly reduce the amount of heat lost through the walls. The installation process involves fixing a layer of Expanded Polystyrene insulation (EPS) material to the external walls of a property, and covering it with reinforcement and a special render in a range of decorative finishes. These products are applied onto a range of specialist insulations designed specifically for external wall insulation systems which can be applied to many different substrates.

Internal Wall Insulation - Internal wall insulation applies a system onto the internal walls on a room by room basis. This can be done using either a stud sytem with wool batterns and plasterboard or using (PIR) polyisocyanurate insulated plaster boards creating a dry-lined, insulated internal wall. The internal walls are then plastered to leave a smooth and clean surface for redecoration. All fixtures and fittings are generally included within the installation package, with the new wall taking around 10cm of space from the existing wall.


A well insulated home is the key to cheaper energy bills. With the correct benefits you will also qualify for a free insulation grant under the Government's Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and you not only will save money of your heating bill you could also have your insulation fitted for FREE! Dont delay and get in touch with us today via our Get In Touch page.


Check out if qualify by being in reciept of the following benefits:

P.S if you are not in receipt of the qualifying benefits then head over to our LA Flex section to see if you still qualify!

Qualifying Benefits

  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)*
  • Universal Credit*
  • Child benefit*
  • Disability Benefits (specific benefits listed below)
Department of Work and Pensions BenefitsMinistry of Defence Benefits
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment 
  • Attendance Allowance 
  • Carers Allowance 
  • Severe Disablement Allowance 
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits 
  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement 
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces independence Payment 


Tax Credits - Child Tax Credits & Working Tax Credits

Number of children*01234
Single claimant income*<£13,200<£17,400<£21,600<£25,800<£30,000
Couple combined income*<£19,800<£24,000<£28,200<£32,400<£36,600

*The children must be under 16 years old and living in the property. The age requirement can be increased to below 21 years of age if they are in approved education or training.

*Your annual gross income from all sources before taxes must be below the amount stated above. Income is determined based on the preceding annual tax year which runs from the April to 5th April of the following year.


Child Benefit

Number of children*1234
Single claimant income*<£18,500<£23,000<£27,500<£32,000
Couple combined income*<£25,500<£30,000<£34,500<£39,000

*The children must be under 16 years old and living in the property. The age requirement can be increased to below 21 years of age if they are in approved education or training.

*Your annual gross income from all sources before taxes must be below the amount stated above. Income is determined based on the preceding annual tax year which runs from the April to 5th April of the following year.


Universal Credits

Number of children*01234
Single claimant income*<£1,100<£1,450<£1,800<£2,150<£2,500
Couple combined income*<£1,650<£2,000<£2,350<£2,700<£3,050

*The children must be under 16 years old and living in the property. The age requirement can be increased to below 21 years of age if they are in approved education or training.

*Your monthly gross income from all sources before taxes must be below the amount stated above. Income is determined based on the preceding annual tax year which runs from the April to 5th April of the following year.

P.S if you are not in receipt of the qualifying benefits then head over to our LA Flex section to see if you still qualify!