What is the Warm Home Discount?
The Warm Home Discount is a £140 discount off your electricity bill (or credit on your pre-payment meter) for winter 2015-16 if your supplier is part of the scheme and you meet the 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 the qualification date 12th July 2015. 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 supplier by clicking the link on their name below.
Which suppliers are part of the scheme?
- British Gas (including Sainsbury’s Energy and Scottish Gas)
- Co-operative energy
- EDF Energy
- Ebico (Equipower and Equigas)
- First Utility
- 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 the contact details by clicking on the links above. Depending on the supplier you can apply online, by phone or by post.
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.