ECO 3 and The Smart Home, made easy

eco 3 and the smart home

What is ECO 3?

The Energy Company Obligation (or ECO) places legal obligation on the big energy companies to help deliver home energy efficiency measures to domestic premises most in need. ECO has ran through various iterations, the previous of which, ECO2, initially ended on 31 March 2017, and was extended by 18 months, but has now been superseded by ECO 3. ECO 3 was set up in 2018 and is due to run through until 2022. The Energy Company Obligation has already helped thousands of homes across the UK.

Renewable Solutions Team are here to help you gain access to the boiler grants, and to install the excellent energy saving measures, making the process as easy as possible for you.

If you are ready to Apply for funding, you can do so here in seconds

What more can I do to be Eco friendly?

There is a responsibility of everyone to help reduce carbon emissions and reduce our carbon footprint. Today, there are numerous ways that his can be achieved, from upgrading to efficient boilers, to replacing or improving the controls that operate our heating systems. Below are a number of our energy saving suggestions:

Create a Smart Home

A smart home, built around technology like Hive Heating controls can have numerous benefits such as convenience and improved functionality. No longer will you worry about having left the heating on after leaving the house, and no longer will you have to wake up to a cold home.

Smart heating controls allow fully programmable scheduled to be set, all operated from your mobile device, as well as at the controls themselves. Even better, Hive thermostats (installed free with every RST survey!) work with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. So, if your hands are full and you can’t tap the app, just say “Alexa, turn the heating off”.

Other key features of a Smart Home include:

  • The ability to tell your thermostat when you’re going on holiday
  • The ability to set a different schedule every day easily from the associated app
  • If your smart thermostat has Geolocation alerts, it can recognise when you are home, or when you are on your commute home, so it knows to turn the heating on.

Apply now to secure your Hive Heating Controls

Install Insulation Measures

Insulation is a simple and effective way to keep your home warm and reduce your energy bills. Where possible, Renewable Solutions Team will install the following insulation measures:

Room-in-Roof (RiR Insulation)

Room In Roof insulation is a barrier of material within your roof space. Insulation between the joists keeps warmth in your living space below. Insulation in the rafters allows you to keep warmth in the roof space as well.

Underfloor Insulation (UFI)

UFI, or Underfloor Insulation will help eliminate drafts in homes that have suspended flooring (typically wooden floorboards) and prevents heat loss through the floor of the property. The type of underfloor insulation that is right for a given home depends on its design and climate control needs.

Most houses can benefit from added insulation under the floors of the main living space, and although some underfloor insulation projects fall into the DIY realm, many will require the special skills of a contractor who knows how to deal with moisture, ventilation, and air sealing.

Eco benefits of insulation

Not only does UFI and RiR Insulation further improve the energy efficiency of the property, but it releases additional ECO funding for the property, reducing or often even eliminating any costs involved in your job.

Allow Renewable Solutions Team to see if your property is eligible for insulation measures by applying now. Our FREE no obligation survey will let us know if we are able to install insulation measures along with your boiler.

Installing an A-rated Boiler

The boilers that we install are all brand new A-rated boilers, meaning that they operate with maximum efficiency – very little heat produced is lost in the system. Not only does an A rated boiler reduce running costs, but you need not worry about those costly repairs that come with older boilers.

Our online application process lets you check if you qualify for a free boiler grant in less than 60 seconds. If you qualify, a member of our team will contact you to arrange for a free survey to be carried out on your property. Apply now!

ECO 3 and First Time Central Heating

ECO3 has widened the criteria for First Time Central Heating (FTCH) grants, meaning that there is a greater chance of you qualifying for funding. As discussed here, First Time Central Heating grants are available to aid those who do not have, or have never had, a central heating system installed at their property.

It is worth highlighting the fact that Utility Companies have expressed concern about modern day electric heaters as being little more carbon intensive than gas heaters. Because of this, utility companies have prioritised FTCH systems as replacements for electric heater systems and have made more funding available towards this, meaning that most FTCH installs are totally free of charge to the customers.

A FTCH grant will fund the supply and installation of the heating system, all of which will be taken care of by Renewable Solutions Team. Find out if you qualify for a FTCH grant by applying here

ECO 3 and Qualifying Benefits

In its most recent revision, ECO3 has seen the removal of income thresholds for households in receipt of Universal Credit or Tax Credits. This means that those in receipt of these benefits will now be eligible regardless of their household income, meaning that not only is there a greater chance of qualification, but those that do qualify will have a much easier process, as no means testing is required.

The number of qualifying benefits on ECO3 has been increased overall,  greatly widening the amount of households that now qualify for ECO3 funding. These new qualifying benefits include DLA, Cares Allowance, PIP, Constant Attendance Allowance, Armed Forces Independence Payment, Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit & Severe Disablement Allowance. A full list of qualifying benefits can be found here:

If in the past you have missed out on funding it may be worth checking again to see if you now qualify. Apply for a free boiler grant today