ECO funding available for Warm UP Bristol scheme!

The Warm Up Bristol scheme now has access to ECO (Energy Company Obligation) funding, which aims to help households in fuel poverty to upgrade both their energy systems and buildings. 

More details of these are provided below. Please use the BEN referral code BEN000 or one from your local energy group in any communications.

A show home (56 Heron Road) will be open from Thursday 4th December 2014 on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9:30-16:30) and Saturdays (10:30-14:30) until Tuesday 23rd December. It will reopen again on Saturday 3rd January 2015. More information on the show home can be found here.


There are three related obligations of ECO for this, all of which have eligibility criteria:

1. Home Heating Carbon Reduction Obligation (HHCRO): offering measures including insulation and heating for private low income and vulnerable households (the ‘Affordable Warmth Group’). Beneficiaries will be able to more affordably heat their homes through either the installation of a measure that will result in cost savings, or the replacement or repair of a qualifying boiler.

2. Carbon Saving Communities Obligation (CSCO): offering insulation measures to private and social households within any of the 25% most deprived areas in the UK (according to the Indices of Multiple Deprivation).

3. Carbon Emission Reduction Obligation (CERO): offering solid wall and hard to treat cavity wall insulation for all private and social households. Other insulation measures and connections to district heating systems are also eligible if they are promoted as part of a package that includes solid wall insulation or hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation.


1. HHCRO (Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation)
• Commonly referred to as Affordable Warmth Obligation
• Focus on reducing fuel poverty.
• Measures result in cost savings and which improve the ability of a householder to affordably
heat their home.
• Focus on cost not carbon.
• Social tenants are excluded.
• All insulation measures (except cylinders)
• Boiler repairs, Boiler replacements & installations
• District heating systems
• Heating controls, heat recovery (FGHRS, MVHR)
• Heat Pumps
Must be a member of, or reside with a member of, the Affordable Warmth Group (AWG)
Affordable Warmth Group – concerns receipt of Government benefits, and or annual income, and
parental responsibility. This is the most complex of the three streams of Eco funding from the point of
view of eligibility. See next page for handy pull out quick guide
• Receipt of Child Tax Credit & income less than £15,860
• Income related employment and support allowance *
• Job Seeker’s Allowance *
• Income Support *
• State Pension Credit
• Working Tax Credit & income less than £15,860 *
* and has parental responsibility for a child; or is in receipt of a qualifying component
2. CERO (Carbon Emission Reduction Obligation)
? Primary focus on solid wall insulation and Hard To Treat (HTT) cavity walls – “Primary
? Insulation and district heating connections are also eligible as “Secondary Measures” – that
is they are installed as part of package that includes EWI / IWI / CWI(HTT)
? Based on construction only – not individuals or areas
• Internal & External Solid Wall Insulation Systems (Solid Brick / Stone)
• Cavity Wall Insulation
• Hard to Treat Cavity Walls – CWI or SWI Treatment
• Loft Insulation (top up and new install)
• Rafter Insulation
• Flat Roof Insulation
3. CSCO (Carbon Saving Community Obligation)
Provides insulation measures and connections to district heating systems to households in specified
areas of low income or rural areas.
• External Wall Insulation
• Internal Wall Insulation
• Cavity Wall Insulation
• Hard to Treat Cavity Wall Insulation
• Loft Insulation (Inc Rafter & Loft Hatch Insulation)
• Draught Proofing
Resident or tenant must reside in designated CSCO area