The ECO4 scheme in Wales refers to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme implemented in Wales. ECO is a government energy efficiency program in the UK that aims to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.
ECO4 is the fourth phase of this scheme, which runs from April 2022 to March 2026. It is applicable in England, Scotland and Wales.
Under the ECO4 program, various heating and energy-saving measures are provided to eligible households. Eligibility criteria vary slightly depending on the local government , but generally include factors such as low energy performance certification (EPC), low annual income, have health problems or are prone to colds and receive social assistance. Homeowners and private tenants (with the landlord’s consent) can apply for ECO funding through a contractor.
In Wales, the ECO+ subsidy is part of the ECO4 scheme. ECO+ was introduced in May 2023 as an expanded version of the original ECO4 proposal.
It aims to provide grants for various energy efficiency measures, including:
-Cavity wall insulation
-External wall insulation
-Interior wall insulation
-Slope roof insulation
-Flat roof insulation
-Solid floor insulation
-Insulation of the house from the park
-Insulate the room on the roof
Eligibility for the ECO+ subsidy in Wales is determined based on criteria related to the council’s tax bracket, EPC rating and income level.
The ECO4 program in Wales, as part of a broader ECO program, is focused on improving the energy efficiency of households and helping households in need especially those who have low income.
It targets different types of energy efficiency measures, encourages innovation, and aims to reduce carbon emissions while addressing energy poverty.