Help with your energy bills this winter
The Warm Home Discount is a government scheme which will offer £140 off your electricity bills this winter, or a voucher for households with prepayment meters.
To qualify you must meet the criteria set by your electricity company. The criteria for each company are different. You will probably qualify if:
- You are receiving benefits because of a disability
- You are receiving benefits and have a child under 5
However with some companies you may also qualify if:
- You are on a low income and have a dependant child under 16
The following suppliers are part of the scheme:
- British Gas
- EDF Energy
- SSE/ Southern Electric
- Equipower (Ebico)
- Equigas (Ebico)
- First Utility
- M&S Energy
- Sainsbury’s Energy
- Utility Warehouse
- Co-operative energy
The money isn’t paid to you, it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, usually paid between October and March.
You can also qualify for the discount if you use a pre-payment meter.
The criteria are slightly different for each energy company, so to check if you qualify and to register please call the Energy Advice Team on 0800 953 1221 or 020 7527 2121.
The energy companies have to find a minimum number of people to register and often close registration once this has been met so please call as soon as possible if you think you may be eligible.
If you are in receipt of pension credit and over 75 years old then you should automatically receive the discount and do not need to call.
Struggling with your water bills too? WaterSure or WaterSure plus may be able to reduce your costs.