Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

The new ECO consists of two parts:

  1. the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO)
  2. the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO)

HHCRO offers free energy saving measures (if your home is suitable) such as cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, and boiler replacement or repairs. This part is also known as the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

CERO is aimed at harder to heat homes, such as those with whinstone or solid block walls. It can provide solid wall insulation to those who qualify.

In order to qualify for the Affordable Warmth Scheme you must own your home or have the permission of the owner to do the work. You will also need to be receiving one (or sometimes more) of certain benefits to meet the quite complicated eligibility criteria. More general information on ECO and eligibility for the the Affordable Warmth Scheme is available from the Home Energy Scotland advice centre on 0808 808 22 82.

Here are information pages from different energy companies below. You don’t always have to be a customer of a particular company to use their scheme.

Affordable Warmth Scheme details for specific energy companies:

SSE/Scottish Hydro. Details of the SSE Scheme and contact phone number are available here

EDF Energy. Visit the EDF website for more information o

E.ON. Details of the E.ON scheme can be found here.

npower. Visit the npower website for more details

Utilita. See  this page on Utilita website 

OVO. See this page on the OVO website.


Page updated 8th January 2020