What is the Warm Home Discount?
The Warm Home Discount is a scheme providing eligible households with a £140 electricity bill discount for winter 2017-18. 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 9th July 2017. If you decide to switch energy supplier after this date and before you receive the Warm Home Discount, you should expect it from your previous supplier. However, if you have been awarded Guaranteed Pension Credit after the 9th of July 2017 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. If you apply but then decide to switch before you receive the Warm Home Discount, you will need to reapply with your new supplier.
Which suppliers are part of the scheme?
- Bristol Energy*
- British Gas (including Sainsbury’s Energy and Scottish Gas)
- Co-operative Energy (including GB Energy)
- Economy Energy – closed
- EDF Energy
- E.ON – closing soon
- Extra Energy
- First Utility
- Fischer Energy*
- Flow Energy
- Our Power*
- Scottish Power (including Manweb) – closing soon
- SSE (including Atlantic, M&S Energy, Southern Electric, Scottish Hydro and SWALEC)
- Spark Energy
- Utilita – closed
- Utility Warehouse
* The energy companies indicated with the asterisk offer the Warm Home Discount to the Core Group only.
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
The Warm Home Discount is also available this winter to park home residents who meet the eligibility criteria, through the Park Homes Warm Home Discount Scheme with Charis Grants. You can apply online or call 0330 380 1040.
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.