Trusted tradesman scheme for low-income household energy improvements

Trustmark, home improvement, domestic, Each Home Counts, ECO

Home energy improvements for low-income households will only be carried out by trusted tradesmen under new government plans.

The new scheme is known as the Each Home Counts quality mark. And builds on the established government-endorsed TrustMark programme. It will protect 300,000 low-income households a year, supported through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

The government scheme is investing £3.6 billions into upgrading homes to reduce emissions under the government’s drive to 2050. Work covered includes installation of insulation and new boilers.

The quality mark is also intended to protect around one million homeowners a year who make energy-related home improvements. Around 15% of households each year undertake this type of measure each year. Over a million install or replace loft insulation and the same number upgrade to double glazed windows.

Consumers who want energy efficiency measures installed will be able to search the link below for tradesmen, checking their installers are recognised before work starts.

Energy and Clean Growth minister Chris Skidmore commented: “Driving up the energy efficiency of Britain’s homes is key to us reducing emissions from households, saving people money on their bills as we legislate to become a net zero emissions economy and end our contribution to global warming entirely. This new scheme will guarantee low-income households the peace of mind that workmen installing energy efficiency measures in their homes are trusted tradesmen.”

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