Stirling, Scotland, 13 November 2018 – An online mapping app, commissioned by Ofgem (the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) and created by Stirling technology company thinkWhere, is helping householders across Britain cut their energy usage with home improvement measures through a government scheme.
With searches by postcode or more advanced map look-ups, the app is made publicly available for use by energy companies, installers as well as consumers. The look-up tool now quickly identifies if properties may be eligible for support under a scheme called the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO). The tool can be accessed at https://eco.locationcentre.co.uk/
The system combines publicly available datasets with advanced web mapping tools. Users can simply enter a postcode to see if the property falls within an eligible HHCRO area. Energy companies, installers and other invested organisations can also undertake advanced searches using additional filters such as local authority or census output areas.
In addition to developing the original tool with Ofgem and updating it as new policies are introduced under the ECO scheme, thinkWhere also hosts the solution and provides on-going support and data maintenance.
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme for Great Britain, administered by Ofgem. Under ECO large energy providers are obligated to fund the installation of energy efficiency measures in consumer households. Each supplier has a target, based on its market share, and will work with installers to introduce energy efficiency measures such as insulation or heating measures. Households may qualify for support under the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO), targeted at low income, vulnerable and fuel poor households.