THE Isle of Wight Council has backed a national scheme requiring energy providers to help low-income residents make their homes more efficient.
Cabinet members this week endorsed the government’s Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme, which will see the big energy companies — those with 250,000 or more domestic customers — fund green energy improvements to domestic properties.
They also approved plans to introduce a code of conduct for businesses installing eco measures, in a bid to give people more confidence in the scheme and encourage residents to make their homes more efficient.
Council cabinet member for sustainability, Cllr Luisa Hillard, said the ECO scheme would tackle fuel poverty and help people reduce their fuel bills by installing wall cavity insulation or replacing old boilers.
"Our code of conduct will help to ensure our residents can feel confident they are receiving a quality product and service. This is particularly important in a scheme intended to benefit elderly or vulnerable residents," she said.
Following approval at the council cabinet meeting on Tuesday , the ECO scheme and code of conduct will be introduced help residents this winter.