ECO Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO)
The Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) (Formerly the Affordable Warmth Obligation) is a replacement for CERT, and gives grants for efficient heating measures to households on certain benefits.
Energy efficiency grants for low income households
Under the outgoing CERT scheme suppliers were already required to meet 40% of their total target by delivering measures to a ‘Priority Group’ of vulnerable and low-income households, including those in receipt of eligible benefits and pensioners over the age of 70. Some of the funding available under the ECO has been targeted at these groups again under the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO).
Under this scheme, anyone meeting the low-income requirements can get full funding for loft and wall insulation as well as efficient boilers and controls. Because these improvements are fully funded Green Deal finance is not involved as it is not necessary.
To be eligible for this scheme, you must own your home or rent from a private landlord.
To qualify you must also:
A) Be receiving Child Tax Credit (relevant income below £15,860)
OR, B) Be receiving State Pension Credit
OR, C) Be receiving Income-related employment and support allowance, Income-based job seeker’s allowance or Income support
OR, D) Be receiving Working Tax Credit (relevant income below £15,860)
- What is CERT?
- The 'Carbon Emissions Reduction Target' obliges energy companies to take steps to ensure that the amount of CO2 emissions from homes is reduced. It is all about reducing CO2 emissions, one of the main causes of climate change. CERT came into effect in April 2008, and is in the third phase of a programme that has been running since 2002. The previous phase was known as the Energy Efficiency Commitment.
- Why do we need CERT?
- The UK has committed itself to a number of targets to reduce harmful emissions and CERT has been designed to make a significant contribution to achieving these targets:
- cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 22 per cent from 1990 levels by 2008-2012, as part of the Kyoto Protocol
- cutting emissions of CO2 by 34 per cent and 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020 and 2050 respectively, as part of Government policy
- How does CERT work?
- Electricity and gas suppliers will be obliged to promote things that:
- improve energy efficiency, for example, loft and wall insulation
- increase the amount of energy generated from renewable technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels and ground source heat pumps
- What does CERT mean to me?
- Energy suppliers will provide grants and offers to help you pay for energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies for your home. The key thing to note here is that you can take up grants and offers from any energy company, regardless of whether they supply your gas and electricity. This could help reduce the amount of energy you use, reducing your CO2 emissions as well as helping you to save money on your energy bills too.
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