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Other energy efficiency schemes

A number of other schemes may be available to help with improvements to make your home more energy efficient. Some of these schemes may even be able to provide the improvements free of charge.

St Helens Borough Council Heating and Insulation Scheme

We are currently able to assist with heating and standard insulation measures (cavity wall insulation and loft insulation). The assistance is subject to meeting scheme qualifying criteria and also subject to a technical survey. Please contact us to discuss eligibility.

Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

ECO is the government's domestic energy efficiency programme. ECO provides energy efficiency measures including insulation and heating to low income and vulnerable households.

ECO is a legal obligation placed on energy suppliers to improve the energy efficiency of households.

For more details, visit the Ofgem website.

Renewable energy incentives

There are a number of schemes offering incentives for installing microgeneration technologies or renewable heat technologies:

Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)

The SEG launched on 1 January 2020 and is a government-backed initiative. The SEG requires some electricity suppliers (SEG licensees) to pay small-scale generators (SEG generators) for low-carbon electricity, which they export back to the National Grid, providing certain criteria are met. Please visit the Ofgem website for further information.

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The RHI is the government's principal mechanism for ensuring the use of renewable and low-carbon heat technologies over the coming decades. The scheme provides a continuous income stream for 20 years to anyone who installs an eligible renewable heating system.

Renewable heat is a term used to mean any heat that is generated using a renewable technology or source; for example, equipment that uses the sun, ground, or water as a means to generate heat. Also included are renewable fuels such as sustainably harvested wood and other plants, biogas and the biomass content of eligible waste streams.