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Get Help Towards Your Energy Bill: The Warm Home Discount 2022/23

Many of us worry about the cost of our energy bills, especially as we reach the winter months. But, the government offers a scheme called the Warm Home Discount which gives eligible people £150 off their electricity bill. Take a look at who qualifies and how you apply.

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Warm Home Discount Scheme 2021/2022

The Warm Home Discount Scheme was originally 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 £150 discount from your electricity bill. This is usually applied between October and March.

Although the scheme doesn’t open until October 2022, many energy companies allow customers to register their interest in applying for the grant early. And, the sooner you apply the better because funds are limited.

Who is eligible?

 You are guaranteed to qualify if  

  • your electricity supplier is part of the scheme
  • your name (or your partner’s) is on the bill
  • you are getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit as well)
  • you’re on a low income and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme – known as the ‘broader group’

Although this last bit isn’t very clear, as an example, 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).

But, you will need to visit your own supplier’s website to see if you meet their criteria.


How to claim

Energy companies will usually allow you to apply or register your interest from around August onwards. The list below are providers who have taken part in the Warm Home Discount scheme before. I have included links that previously took you to the application process. If that link doesn’t work, it’s because either the energy company hasn’t opened the service yet or they won’t be offering it.

lf the scheme is on offer, you need to complete a short application form and your supplier will get back in touch with you in due course. Bear in mind that some companies only allow people to register then interest, rather than apply.  

Which electricity suppliers are part of the scheme?

Not sure if you qualify?

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

What if I have a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go meter?

You can still receive a discount. Your electricity supplier will tell you how you can claim, but will usually send you a voucher.

Hurry!

As I said earlier, funds are limited for the 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.

Further help

The Warm Home Discount Scheme isn’t the only way you can save money on your energy bills.

At the beginning of 2019, Ofgem (the energy market regulator) introduced a price cap for standard variable, or ‘default’, energy tariffs. That meant that if you belong to one of the many households that never switch energy suppliers, the maximum price you pay was capped and your supplier couldn’t just keep putting up their prices.

Although this is good news, if you are on one of these tariffs, you are probably still overpaying and can find a better deal if you switch.

To start saving even more money, you need to visit a comparison site to see what deals are available. It should only take you a few minutes to do and can save you £100’s. There are also energy companies out there that give you credit to your account when you switch to them. I recently changed to Octopus Energy and received £50 just for switching!

If you’re already on a decent tariff, you could also look at cutting your energy usage. There are plenty of simple ways to reduce your electricity usage or find out how to cut your heating bill by up to 40%.

And if you have a separate gas boiler and hot water tank, you can see if it saves you money by keeping your hot water on constant.

Help with food costs

In some parts of the country, it’s been reported that families have to make the choice of eating properly or having warmth. And even if you have help towards your energy bill, that doesn’t guarantee you can afford to eat.

But there are places that give away free food or heavily discounted products. Take a look at my post about the best apps and sites to find free food.

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