How much ECO funding will I get? The new easy ECO Scoring Tool

The Energy Company Obligation has been going for several years now. It is a scheme whereby the energy companies help pay for energy saving improvements, with each company bidding to pay for these improvements via a rather complicated bidding system. The important bit for the consumer is that various installation companies get allocated a certain amount of funding, dependent on the amount of carbon that will be saved by making the said improvement.

In the past, the amount of carbon saved was calculated via an Energy Performance Certificate or EPC. This meant an energy assessor visiting the property and putting lots of data about the house (insulation, boiler, layout etc) into a piece of software, and that software produced a figure for the amount of carbon saved. This could then be used to claim the grant money.

In the latest release of ECO funding, this has all changed. Under the new scheme, each home is given a ‘deemed score’ – basically, a projected carbon saving based on some very simple characteristics of the property. The idea is to simplify the process and remove the need for the energy assessor, but for the customer it also has the added benefit of making things a little more transparent as to the amount of funding a company is going to get from your job.

How can I work out my deemed ECO score?

The process is pretty simple – you simply need to fill out some basic information about your property into this site, and your deemed CO2 savings will be displayed.

Firstly, enter the type of property you have. The tool will ask you for the detachment, number of bedrooms, whether it is a flat, house or maisonette, and the type of heating system you currently have.

Once this is entered, you will need to tick the box on the left hand side of the page corresponding with the type of measure you are looking to get installed. There are tick boxes for cavity insulation, solid wall insulation, new boilers, solar and much more. Each measure will have a few measure specific questions, such as build age of the property, and the amount of the property being worked on.

Once you complete this, you will get two figures appear, a cost-saving figure and a CO2 figure. These figures are fixed whichever installer you use, so you should be able to use them to find out what grant you will get from your installer, or use them to shop around and find the best deal.

If you know what rate your installer is getting, or you want to dig a little deeper, you can enter the price per ton of carbon in the boxes on the left hand side of the page. There are two sets of funding figures: one called ‘CERO’ and one called ‘HHCRO’. These are basically two separate pots of money – HHCRO is a means-tested pot for those on low incomes or considered vulnerable. The funding for this pot is usually much better in terms of funding per job than CERO. CERO is funding open to every property, regardless of income or means. It is therefore usually much lower than the funding available via HHCRO.

The funding also varies depending on the measure you are getting installed, but at the time of writing, funding was around £25-£30 per ton on CERO, and 18p per £ of lifetime saving on HHCRO.

What price do you get per ton of CO2?

The amount of funding available per ton of carbon will vary from provider to provider and over the course of time as well, but the figures we gave above can be used to give you a good idea of the funding available. If you plug the above into the deemed scores calculator, you should get a ECO values figure pop up in the measure to the right. This figure is the amount of funding paid out for this specific measure in a house like the one you have specified.

The below examples assume £25 per ton on CERO and 15p/£ of lifetime saving for HHCRO. This figure can vary.

Example 1 – 1 bed flat with 2 sides of external walls and electric storage heaters

Measure Lifetime Saving HHCRO Grant CO2 Saving CERO Grant
External Wall Insulation £15,038 £2,256 41.88 £1,047
Cavity Wall Insulation £8,096 £1,214 21.9 £547

 

Loft Insulation Top Up (less than 100mm existing) £9,199 £1,380 24.85 £621
Replacement Storage Heaters Not Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Flat Roof Insulation* £16,545 £2,482 58.47 £1,462

*Assumes whole property has a flat roof.

 

Example 2 – 2 bed maisonette with 3 sides of external walls and a gas communal heating system

Measure Lifetime Saving HHCRO Grant CO2 Saving CERO Grant
External Wall Insulation £16,609 £2,491 51.45 £1,286
Cavity Wall Insulation £9,174 £1,376 27.58 £689

 

Loft Insulation Top Up (less than 100mm existing) £2,548 £382 7.65 £191
Replacement Storage Heaters Not Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Flat Roof Insulation* £4,560 £684 17.93 £448

*Assumes whole property has a flat roof.

 

Example 3 – 5 bed detached house with gas central heating

Measure Lifetime Saving HHCRO Grant CO2 Saving CERO Grant
External Wall Insulation £36,941 £5,541 114.48 £2,862
Cavity Wall Insulation £20,372 £3,056 61.26 £1,531
Loft Insulation Top Up (less than 100mm existing) £6,591 £999 19.83 £496
Replacement Gas Boiler £2,495 £374 Not Eligible Not Eligible
Flat Roof Insulation* £11,759 £1,763 46.22 £1,156

*Assumes whole property has a flat roof.

 

Example 4 – 4 bed semi-detached house with no heating installed

Measure Lifetime Saving HHCRO Grant CO2 Saving CERO Grant
External Wall Insulation £63,289 £9,493 98.44 £2,461
Cavity Wall Insulation £35,196 £5,279 53.12 £1,328
Loft Insulation Top Up (less than 100mm existing) £12,796 £1,919 19.3 £483
Replacement Gas Boiler £2,495 £374 Not Eligible Not Eligible
Flat Roof Insulation* £22,471 £3,371 £44.34 £1,109

*Assumes whole property has a flat roof.

What is the ‘lifetime saving’ figure?

This simply estimates the amount of money you will save by having this measure installed over the lifespan of the product. For example, external insulation assumes a lifespan of 25 years, whereas a boiler has an expected lifespan of 12 years. Each measure will have its own assumed lifespan, but many of these measures can and often do last much longer than this.