ECO (Help to Heat)

Qualifying householders can access funding for energy efficiency improvements to their homes through the central government’s ECO - Help to Heat scheme.

Further information

Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a requirement placed upon energy companies to help improve the domestic energy performance of the homes of vulnerable people.

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:

  • Contacting any of the large industry energy providers (e.g. British Gas, Eon, Npower etc). You don’t need to be the energy company’s customer to apply to their ECO scheme.
  • Applying via a local or national PAS2030 accredited installation company or ECO provider.

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 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 the council can provide a Local Authority Flex Declaration to a PAS2030 accredited installer or ECO provider which they use to 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 Leicester City Council or working on our behalf, but we are providing LA Flex Declarations for fuel poor households to these companies.

(please note this isn’t an extensive list of all legitimate companies in the area).

  • Area ECO
  • Arktek Group Ltd
  • Baxter Kelly Ltd
  • City Energy Network Ltd
  • DJB Installs Ltd
  • ECOWarm Energy Ltd
  • Effective ECO Ltd
  • Effective Heating
  • Elipse Energy Ltd
  • Energy Savings Group
  • Euro Installations Ltd
  • Golden Globe Merchants Ltd
  • Green Deal First Ltd
  • Greener Skies UK Ltd
  • Installers UK Ltd
  • Origin Energy Services
  • Polar ECO Services Ltd
  • RMS Energy Solutions Ltd
  • Simple Heating Services Ltd
  • Skilled Force Ltd
  • South Coast Insulation Services
  • Sustain Energy UK Ltd
  • Think Energy Ltd
  • Victorian insulation Ltd
  • UK Energy Saving Experts Ltd
  • Urban Renewable Power Ltd.