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27 January 2017

The UK’s Affordable Warmth Scheme – What You Need to Know

The ECO2 government-backed scheme, more widely known as the Affordable Warmth Scheme, is an important initiative aiming to help those deemed to be ‘fuel poor’ to efficiently heat their homes, with the hope of reducing both expenditure and energy demand in the long run. The problem is simply that not enough people are even aware of the scheme, let alone know if they’re eligible.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO2) scheme is funded by the carbon tax paid on gas bills, made available to large energy companies for the purpose of helping low-income households to reduce the cost of heating the home, and to reduce home’s carbon footprint by supplying free new efficient electric storage heaters. The scheme is designed to replace inefficient or broken heating systems, as well as improve home insulation for those in need.

Those installing new heaters under the Affordable Warmth Scheme must be registered by PAS20:30 in order to prevent improperly changed persons from claiming the grant.

In order to qualify for the ECO2 scheme, you must currently live in either your own home or a private rental, and receive one of the following benefits:
  • Income Based Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (and your income £16,010 or less)
  • Working Tax Credit (and your income is £16,010 or less)
  • Income Related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Universal Credit (and you earned £1,250 or less after tax in any assessment period in the last 12 months)
The best thing about all of this? For those deemed eligible, it won’t cost a penny! To get some extra information and find out if you qualify, head over the one of the many purpose-built websites focusing on the scheme, where you can find handy FAQs covering every aspect. You can also apply online.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.