Warm Home Discount Scheme

Warm Home Discount Scheme 2017/18

In Utility Money Saving by Money Saver Pete

The Warm Home Discount Scheme could see you receive £140 off your electricity bill this winter.

If you read the news regularly, you’ll often see that an energy company has had to increase their price yet again. The guy that represents them on TV will appear looking sullen and tell us how they have tried to put off the price rise for as long as they could, but they can’t hold out any longer. And then you find out that a company like Centrica (owners of British Gas) made a profit of £1.52bn in 2016.

In 2014, the average dual fuel price stood at a rather scary £1,344 per year. I’m not sure about you, but managing to pay over £100 per month can be a real struggle. Fortunately, the government has introduced the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

The scheme goes live every autumn. Many energy companies are now allowing customers to apply for the grant. And, the sooner you apply the better because funds are limited.

Warm Home Discount Scheme

The scheme was introduced in January 2015. The idea was simple – to tackle fuel poverty in Great Britain. If you are eligible, you don’t actually receive the money but will see a one-off £140 discount from your electricity bill. This is usually applied between October and March.

Who is eligible?
You are guaranteed to qualify if
  • your electricity supplier was part of the scheme
  • your name (or your partner’s) was on the bill
  • you were getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit as well)

Others will qualify, but the details for 2017/2018 scheme have yet to be finalised, so until they are, it’s very difficult to say who.

Last year, British Gas accepted people that received the following.

  1. Income Support.
  2. Income based Jobseekers’ Allowance.
  3. Income related Employment and Support Allowance (which includes a work related activity or support component).
  4. Universal Credit (low income elements).

How to claim
Energy companies are now allowing you to apply. Simply click on the link to your provider below and fill in your details. Your supplier will get back in touch with you in due course. If I haven’t provided the link, it’s because either your supplier isn’t accepting applications yet, or I haven’t been able to find it! Bear in mind that some companies are still only allowing people to register then interest, rather than apply.
Which electricity suppliers are part of the scheme?
Bristol Energy
British Gas
Economy Energy
EDF Energy
Equipower (Ebico)
Equigas (Ebico)
Extra Energy
First Utility
GB Energy
Manweb – see ScottishPower
M&S Energy
Our Power
Sainsbury’s Energy – see British Gas
Scottish Gas – see British Gas
Scottish Hydro
Southern Electric
Not sure if you qualify?

If you aren’t sure, then still apply. The worst that can happen is that they say ‘no.’

As I said earlier, funds are limited for this scheme and it runs on a first come, first served basis. If you’re eligible, the sooner you apply, the more likely you are to qualify.

Visit the government site if you want to read more about the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

If you haven’t changed supplier for a while, then there’s a good chance you’re paying far too much for your energy. Take a look at switching which could save you £100’s for 15 minutes work.
And because British Gas is one of the most expensive suppliers out there, I have written a step-by-step guide how to swap from them.