Alongside other key programmes, the GB wide Energy Company Obligation (ECO) has a significantly positive impact on making energy more affordable for households that are struggling to pay their bills. Since ECO began in January 2013 it has contributed to the installation of more than 1.5 million measures, saving low-income households more than £16bn, over the lifetime of the measures on their energy bills. NEA has therefore called for and welcomed the extension and expansion of the ECO scheme until at least April 2026. In addition, NEA fully supports and welcomes the consultations continued, critical focus on low income and vulnerable households and greater support for deeper retrofits for the least energy efficient homes. As noted above, by focusing efforts on the ‘worst first’, significant savings accrue over a longer-time period for the poorest households, at the same time as reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality, generating jobs and creating economic growth. There are however some vital areas where NEA have positive proposals to improve the scheme further.
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