The Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) component of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), also known as Affordable Warmth, is intended to make heating more affordable for low income and vulnerable households. For example, people in receipt of certain (specified) benefits may be eligible under the scheme for a free boiler replacement as well as loft and cavity wall insulation.
HHCRO covers a range of energy saving measures for qualifying households, including installation of a new central heating system and replacement or repair of a boiler. The funding can include a range of energy efficiency improvements including repairs, upgrades and insulation.
To be eligible for funding for energy saving measures and improvements under HHCRO households will need to be on qualifying benefits. These include state pension credit, child tax credit, income-based job seeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, income support and working tax credit but some of these are conditional on having parental responsibility for a child under the age of 16, receipt of a disability allowance or being over the age of 60.
Funding through HHCRO is not dependant on postcode and is open to qualifying applicants who own their home or rent privately. The minimum requirement for consideration is an Energy Performance Certificate and applicants are subject to a detailed qualifying assessment.