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You may be eligible for a grant for improvements to your home thermal efficiency, such as:

  • new central heating systems
  • upgrades to existing heating systems
  • insulation measures

Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Local Flexibility, the major energy producers/suppliers are required by central government to make funds available and allocate to qualifying householders. This allows them to install fully-funded or subsidised energy saving measures in the home, which have been declared eligible by the council (see our Statement of Intent (SOI))

Local Authorities can decide to participate in ECO Flexibility and aims to support low income households living in the least efficient homes with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rated D, E, F, G (some expectations apply). 

The scheme will run from April 2022 to 31 March 2026.

Am I eligible to apply?

In order to be eligible for this funding (under route 1), a household must fit the following criteria:

  • Household gross annual income less than £31,000. This cap applies irrespective of the property size, composition or region and is from all sources of income, including both non means test and means test benefits

and

  • EPC D, E, F, G for owner occupiers or,
  • EPC E, F, G for private rented sector

How do I apply?

We do not provide the ECO funding to eligible householders; it is provided directly by the major energy producers/suppliers to the installers. There are a number of installing companies working across the district to provide ECO; the names of which are listed below. Each of these installing companies must sign our Memorandum of Understanding.

The installing companies will undertake an initial survey on the property to assess factors such as heating, insulation, room sizes etc and will result in a report of what the ECO installer can carry out. It is likely that you will receive multiple measures. They will also provide details of the costs to do the works.  If the cost of works is below the financial offer the from ECO installer, the offer will proceed free of charge to the household. If the cost of works is greater than the offer from the ECO installer, then there may be a financial contribution for the householder to make. You may be eligible for a ‘warm up’ grant to assist with these cost (see 'warm up grants' below).

The contractual relationship is between you (the householder) and the installer. The ECO installer will produce a quote with a detailed summary of works. You must ensure that you are aware of the full cost of works and if there is any requirement for a customer contribution to complete works.

The ECO installer can assist the householder to complete the online application, upload relevant documentation and sign the Householder Declaration Form to confirm eligibility in line with the Council’s Statement of Intent.

ECO Flexibility Grant application

The ECO installer will receive confirmation (Declaration of Eligibility) from North Devon Council if you are eligible, based on the information contained in the application. You are under no obligation to proceed with the works.

It should be noted that the final decision on whether any individual household will benefit from energy saving improvements or heating rests with obligated energy suppliers or their contractors.  Inclusion in a Declaration of Eligibility issued by North Devon Council to a supplier will not guarantee installation of measures.  The final decision will depend on:

  1. Identification of measures eligible under Help to Heat
  2. The supplier’s assessment of the cost-effectiveness of installing measures in relation to achieving its obligation
  3. Whether the supplier has achieved their targets or require further measures to meet their Energy Company Obligation targets

There are minimum requirements for a property’s Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating to be increased.  SAP are used to underpin EPC’s. To meet the minimum requirement any starting Band F or G property treated must be improved to at least a Band D.  Any starting Band D or E property treated must be improved to at least a Band C.

Please note: We make no recommendation, nor can we endorse any specific company. Inclusion on the list merely indicates that an installer has been approved to work under our SOI (the order of listing shows simply which company applied soonest). 

Council-agreed installers:

Happy Energy Solutions Ltd t/a HEAT Project (Unit 1, New Road, Perranporth, Cornwall, TR6 0DL) 

City Energy incorporating Consumer Energy Solutions (Contact Centre and Installation Teams) (Coptic House, 4-5 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, CF10 5EE)

Curtis Anstee ECO Installations Ltd (Unit 2b Yeabridge Farm, Yeabridge, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5LW)

Energy WON (Unit 2, Shipton Close, Worcester, WR4 9NX)

South Coast Insulation Services (Unit 12a – 10 Centre, Stephenson Road, Segensworth, Fareham, Hants, P015 5RU)

Stellar Energy UK Ltd (54 Stepney Street, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 3TG)

Zing Energy Ltd (JR Quarter, Moy Road Industrial Estate, Taffs Well, Cardiff, CF15 7QR)

All Seasons Energy (1A Meadowbrook Park Halfway, Sheffield, S20 3PJ)

Baxter Kelly Ltd (Douglas House, Tollgate Drive, Tollgate Industrial Estate, Stafford, ST16 3HS)

C&T ECO Consultants Ltd (1 High Street, Pontardawe, Swansea, SA8 4HU)

Switch Energy Network Ltd (c/o Ground Floor, St. Pauls House, 23 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2ND)

Complete Remedial Solutions Ltd (140-141 Dainton Business Park, Coity Road, Bridgend, CF31 1NS)

WarmaUK (1 Swan Street, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1HF)

We will charge the installer administration fee of £100.00 for providing the Declaration of Eligibility.  This charge must be paid by the installer or their agent and may not under any circumstances, to passed on to you the householder.

Warm up grants - up to £3,000

These grants, up to a maximum £3,000 per property, provide top up funding for energy efficiency measures where energy providers are part funding energy efficiency measures under their Energy Company Obligation (ECO) or to fund energy efficiency measures which do not attract Energy Company Obligation, for example insulation to mobile homes and the installation of central heating for the first time.

 Eligibility

To qualify for the top up grant, applicants must have applied to an installing company under Energy Company Obligation (ECO) 4 or Local Flexibility. The installing company will assist with the paperwork and submit the relevant documentation to North Devon Council for our approval.

The grant will normally be paid direct to contractors and no grant will be paid until a satisfactory invoice has been received and the works have been carried out to the satisfaction of the client and council.