Is it really free?
Yes. If you qualify for a 100% grant there is absolutely nothing to pay. In a small number of cases, you may be asked to contribute to the costs. You can also use the government’s energy grants calculator to find out if you are entitled to help with your home energy bills.
Your household may also be eligible to receive a higher level of ECO funding if certain conditions are met under a rule called Flexibility Eligibility. Your local authority will have its own set criteria but there are some general conditions:
1) If a member of your house has a condition that can worsen if exposed to the cold, such as a disability, a mental health condition or cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses.
2) If your home is living in fuel poverty.
For more details about Flexibility Eligibility check with your local council.
What's the catch?
There isn't one. Sure, most of us are suspicious when we’re offered something for nothing but sometimes, there really is such a thing as a free lunch. You see in recent years the world has woken up to the threats posed by man-made climate change. It is an issue that can no longer be ignored.
On 11th December 1997 in Kyoto Japan, 37 industrialised countries (including the UK) agreed to reduce greenhouse gases. Then in 2008, the UK government enshrined in law its commitment to cut carbon emissions with the Climate Change Act 2008. It set an ambitious target of reducing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. One of the ways it is working to reduce demand is obliging utility companies to take necessary measures to ensure that our homes are pumping out less carbon dioxide.
Who is footing the bill?
Under the ECO scheme, the money comes from the big six energy firms (British Gas, EDF Energy, Scottish Power, E. ON, NPower and SSE) and any gas and electricity supplier with more than 250,000 customers.