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Warm Front closes as ECO takes over

Warm Front...switched to ECO on 19 January 2013

The Government Warm Front scheme, which was introduced in 2000, closed for new applications on Saturday 19 January 2013. This will not affect applications that are already in the pipeline, or aftercare services for people who have had Warm Front-funded installations.

Over its 12-year existence, Warm Front helped over 2 million households experiencing fuel poverty, by providing grants of up to £3,500 (£6,000 for oil central heating or low-carbon/renewable technology) for a package of heating and/or insulation improvements or repairs for householders on certain benefits.

People who apply for Warm Front after this date will be referred to the new funding packages available under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). This scheme is financed by the major energy suppliers to the tune of £1.3 billion per year, and will run alongside the Green Deal, which provides loans for energy improvements repayable through savings on the electricity bill.

A range of heating measures are eligible for funding under the Green Deal, and should also qualify for ECO grants. To find out what you might be eligible for, phone the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.