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Energy Company Obligation

With the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), you could be eligible for support from an energy supplier.

This scheme was launched in early 2013 and is in three parts:

Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO)

Under the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO), energy companies provide insulation and heating improvements to qualifying low-income and vulnerable households in private rented or owner occupied properties (social housing tenants are not eligible for HHCRO).

There are complex eligibility criteria for this scheme, based on income, receipt of benefits and status of the household. Call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 to check whether you are eligible.

Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO)

Through the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO), energy companies provide funding for wall and roof insulation measures and connection to district heating as primary measures and other secondary energy efficiency measures where a primary measure is installed. 

The CERO is available to all households in any housing tenure that can receive qualifying measures. 

Carbon Saving Communities Obligation (CSCO)

Through the Carbon Saving Communities Obligation (CSCO), energy companies provide insulation measures and connection to district heating to people living in the bottom 25 per cent of the UK's most deprived areas and bottom 25% of rural areas by income. The obligation can also support qualifying low income households in all areas that are designated as rural. The CSCO is available to households in all tenures.

ECO can be used in conjunction with some Scottish Government loan and grant schemes, The ECO subsidy helps make relatively expensive measures more cost-effective.

Find out more about ECO, whether you are eligible and how to apply by calling our advisors at Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm - or you can request a call back.

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