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Over 5,000 UK homes benefit from ECO scheme

Since the ECO scheme started on 1 January 2013, Vaillant has seen over 5,000 UK homes fitted with energy efficient boilers, a number they hope to increase to 15,000 by the end of 2013.

Vaillant have pledged to use ECO to allow low income, vulnerable households to benefit from high efficiency boilers that can help reduce fuel consumption and cut energy bills.

A retired couple from Sheffield benefited from the scheme when their 25 year old boiler broke down. Local Vaillant installer, Dave Smith of Valley Services, met with the couple at their home and, after assessing their needs, home and financial situation, was able to process a claim on their behalf.

Western European regional director Jim Moore commented: “Our commitment includes mobilising Vaillant’s network of loyal installers, and equipping them with the tools needed to make contact with eligible households in their locality and educate them on the free of charge efficiency options available to them. We then take care of the administration elements of the funding provision, leaving the installer free to focus on delivering quality service and householder free to enjoy their efficient new heating system.”

H&V News recently reported the DECC’s latest statistics on the ECO scheme which revealed that £68.9 million worth of contracts had been let through the ECO brokerage system, compared to £26.9 million at the end of February.

The scheme hopes to see approximately £1.3 billion invested in energy efficiency improvements every year through to 2020.

The numbers of accredited Green Deal Assessor organisations and individual Advisors has also been growing sharply since December as individual Assessors complete their training and become accredited.

At the end of March there were 108 organisations employing a total of 1,003 Advisors, compared to 13 and 40 respectively at the end of October 2012.

The number of Green Deal Providers has also grown to 48 from eight at the end of October 2012.

The number of accredited Installer organisations has grown steadily since the accreditation process opened from 231 accredited at the end of October 2012 to 831 organisations accredited at the end of March 2013.

The ECO scheme will run until 31 March 2015.

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