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ECO (Help to Heat)

Qualifying householders can access funding for energy efficiency improvements to their homes through the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Help to Heat scheme.

Further information

What is the criteria?

The ECO qualifying criteria depends on the benefits you receive, your household income, number of occupants living in your property and the property's current level of energy efficiency.

The scheme is open to homeowners (owner occupiers) and private tenants.

What energy efficiency improvements are available?

  • Loft insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Gas boiler replacements
  • Oil boiler replacements
  • External wall insulation
  • Internal wall insulation
  • Room in roof insulation
  • Underfloor insulation
  • Electric storage heaters.

How do I apply?

There are many ways to apply, either by:

  • Contact your energy provider
  • Applying via a local or national PAS2030 accredited installation company or ECO provider
  • Contact us using our online enquiry form (we will then refer you to an external PAS2030 accredited company or ECO provider who will take you through the assessment process and install any eligible measures.)

ECO Flex

ECO Flex is where a council can set criteria to assist those who would fall outside the normal ECO qualifying criteria.

Eligibility is either income based and dependent on household size, or health based (those living with certain long term health conditions might qualify).

Each applicant is individually assessed. Please see the following document for the ECO Flex eligibility criteria:

Our role in ECO Flex is to confirm if a household is in fuel poverty based on the criteria detailed in our Statement of Intent. On confirmation of eligibility, we can provide a Local Authority Flex Declaration to a PAS2030 accredited installer, or ECO provider to enable them to provide the measure(s) and claim back the installation costs from an Energy Company’s ECO Funds.

We are aware of the following legitimate PAS2030 accredited installers and ECO providers who are working in the area. These companies are not contracted by us (Leicester City Council), but we are providing Local Authority Flex Declarations for them (please note this isn’t an extensive list of all legitimate companies in the area):

  • Baxter Kelly Ltd
  • City Energy Network Ltd
  • ECOWarm Energy Ltd
  • Elipse Energy Ltd
  • Energy Savings Group
  • Euro Installations Ltd
  • Free Boilers UK Ltd
  • Origin Energy Services
  • Polar ECO Services Ltd
  • RMS Energy Solutions Ltd
  • Skilled Force Ltd
  • South Coast Insulation Services
  • Victorian insulation Ltd
  • Urban Renewable Power Ltd.