The Warm Home Discount is a scheme providing eligible households with a £140 electricity bill discount for winter 2016-17. This discount is available to credit and pre-payment customers, providing your supplier is part of the scheme and you meet their eligibility criteria. The scheme is open to applications now and it is worth applying early to ensure you get it.
Who is eligible?
There is a Core Group who are automatically eligible and don’t need to apply. These are householders who were receiving Guaranteed Pension Credit on 10th July 2016. If you have been awarded Guaranteed Pension Credit since then you will need to apply for the Warm Home Discount yourself.
If you don’t meet the criteria for the Core Group you may be eligible under the Broader Group and will also need to apply yourself. Eligibility criteria varies slightly between energy suppliers but is usually based on low income, means tested benefits and a vulnerability in the household e.g. disability or child under 5. You can check the individual eligibility criteria with your energy supplier or by clicking the links below.
Which suppliers are part of the scheme?
- Bristol Energy
- British Gas (including Sainsbury’s Energy and Scottish Gas)
- Co-operative Energy
- EDF Energy
- Ebico (Equipower and Equigas)
- Extra Energy
- First Utility
- GB Energy – ceased trading (edit Nov 2016)
- Our Power
- Scottish Power (including Manweb)
- SSE (including Atlantic, M&S Energy, Southern Electric, Scottish Hydro and SWALEC)
- Utility Warehouse
How to apply?
You need to apply directly with your energy supplier, you can find their contact details through the website links above. Depending on the supplier you can apply online, by phone or by post.
Park Homes Warm Home Discount (edit Dec 2016)
There is a Park Homes scheme now open for applications, for park home residents who meet the eligibility criteria. Apply to Charis Grants either online here or by phone: 03303 80 10 40 (Mon-Fri, 9-5).
If you have any further questions about the Warm Home Discount or would like more advice about reducing your bills and keeping warm you can phone us on Freephone 0800 804 8601.