• ECO4: Everything you need to know

    The Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) is an energy-efficiency scheme implemented by the government to help tackle fuel poverty in Great Britain. The scheme aims to reduce the energy usage of homes in Britain and lower their bills, helping families to keep warm by spending less.

Tuesday, 13th February 2024

Are you struggling to keep the house warm with ever-rising energy bills?


Find out if you’re eligible for the ECO4 Scheme.


Homeowners and tenants in privately rented homes can enjoy better heating with loft and wall insulation, smart thermal controls, solar PV and energy efficient heating, all completely free!


Fully funded by the ECO4 Scheme.


How does the ECO4 Scheme work?

With the ECO4 grant, it is the energy companies' decision which energy efficiency projects to support, how much money to give, and the Retrofit Coordinator and installers they want to collaborate with.

But, unlike previous green energy grants, ECO4 ensures all heating improvements and insulation measures are completely paid for by your energy provider, at no cost to you!

Meaning homeowners and private landlords will not be charged for the installations but will still enjoy the benefits of a warm, cosy, cost-effective home. This scheme will run until the 31st March 2026.

Also known as the Free Boiler Scheme, the ECO4 Scheme aims to enhance homes and households with the lowest energy efficiency, particularly those in fuel poverty.

Only properties in bands D-G are eligible for improvements.

The new Minimum Requirement (MR) also mandates boosting the energy efficiency of homes in bands D and E to at least band C, and band F and G to at least a band D.

If your owned or privately rented home still relies on a non-condensing gas boiler, this scheme gives you the opportunity to upgrade to a much more energy efficient system.

Private landlords can also benefit from an increase in property value by having an energy efficient system installed, while also ensuring their tenants are comfortable and happy.




Who is eligible for ECO4 funding?

ECO4 is available to:


Homeowners, Private Tenants & Landlords

Individuals who get income-related benefits

Properties with low EPC Score

Properties with inefficient heating systems


ECO4 Qualifying Benefits:


Child Tax Credits (CTC)

Child Benefits - depends on income threshold* (see thresholds)

Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)

Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)

Income Support (IS)

Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

Universal Credit (UC)

Warm Home Discount Rebate

Working Tax Credit (WTC)

Housing Benefit

Pension Credit Saving Credit


Qualifying Child Benefit income threshold for ECO4 eligibility:



How can you apply?

You can find out for sure if you are eligible for the ECO4 Scheme by visiting the UK Energy Support website, or you can get in touch direct with our specialist team here at RJW for more guidance and information.



Get in touch now to find out more and see if you qualify: RJW Specialist Team