Government Storage Heater Grants are Available
to Replace Your Faulty Electric Storage Heaters

ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022, known as ECO3, is expected to start in October 2018

ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022 provides Grants to replace Storage Heaters

ECO Scheme

The ECO Scheme is a Government initiative with the aim of helping low income households to reduce their heating bills whilst reducing carbon emissions from homes.

The Government has announced that it intends to introduce ECO3 which be the ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022.

ECO was first introduced in January 2013 and although it has evolved over the years, the current ECO Scheme is due to end on 30th September 2018.

When ECO was first introduced it had 3 parts to it but from October 2018 it is intended to consist of just the Affordable Warmth Scheme. Affordable Warmth directs funding to fuel poor, low income and vulnerable households.

ECO3 ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022

ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022 will concentrate on the Affordable Warmth part of ECO which is designed to help low income households keep their homes warmer.

Storage Heater Grant Application Form

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  • 1. Your Details

  • We need this to check whether you qualify for a storage heater grant

ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022 - Household Eligibility

The ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022 (ECO3) has been designed to make a far greater number of households eligible for heating and insulation grants than any form of the ECO Scheme prior to this.

Households which didn’t qualify for an ECO grant prior to the ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022 (ECO3) may well do now. The following illustration shows who may qualify for a grant under ECO3 if the new rules are implemented according to current Government proposals.

ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022 - ECO2t vs ECO3 Qualifying Criteria

Child Benefit under ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022 Qualifying Rules

If you receive Child Benefit but NONE of the other qualifying benefits or tax credits then your annual income must be less than that shown in the table below:

ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022 - ECO3 Child Benefit Income Thresholds
ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022 - Eligible Energy Efficient Products

Changes have been made to which heating and insulation products attract grants under the ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022 (ECO3). However, a final decision has not been made regarding the full detail and we will update this page once the Government has made another announcement.

Replacement of broken heating systems

ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022 funding for broken heating systems

  • Gas, Oil and LPG boilers – Limited funding is available to replace broken boilers.
  • Coal-fired boilers – No funding will be available to replace coal-fired boilers.
  • Electric Storage Heaters – Funding will be made available to replace electric storage heaters if all of the storage heaters in a property are broken and can’t be economically repaired.
  • First time central heating systems – Funding will be made available for certain households where their home has never had an heating system installed.

Replacement of inefficient heating systems

ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022 funding for inefficient heating systems

Gas, Oil and LPG boilers plus electric storage heaters which are inefficient (but not broken) may be eligible for funding if certain insulation measures are carried out at the same time.  These measures exclude loft insulation, but include:

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Solid wall insulation
  • Room in roof insulation
  • Flat roof insulation
  • Insulation of a residential park home
  • Under floor insulation


The main change for insulation under ECO3 is that all funding will now be available through the Affordable Warmth scheme rather than CERO (Carbon Emission Reduction Obligation). This means that successful applicants must be in receipt of one of the benefits or tax credits in the table above.

Other than that, it is expected that the rules for installing cavity wall insulation and loft insulation under ECO will be little changed from the present situation:

  • Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) – Can only be installed under ECO3 if the property is suitable to have CWI installed and that it has never been installed in that property before.
  • Loft Insulation – Can only be installed under ECO3 in properties with less than 100 mm of insulation at the time of the ECO survey.
ECO Scheme Scotland

Should Scottish Ministers decide to have a separate ECO scheme in Scotland for the ECO Scheme 2018 to 2022, the Government will split ECO funding between England & Wales and Scotland.

The Government has decided to use an average of the previous three-year energy consumption as part of the calculation. It believes that using an average taken from the last three years of domestic gas and electricity consumption data is more equitable as it can take into account the impact of a year in which there was a mild or very cold winter that could result in unusual levels of energy consumption.