August 30, 2017
Winter is coming... did you know that you could get £140 off your electricity bill for the winter of 2017/2018?
The Warm Home Discount (WHD) is a government scheme aimed at tackling fuel poverty throughout the UK. The money comes in the form of a one-off discount on your electricity bill between the months of October and March and applications for this period are now open.
Large energy companies support people who are in fuel poverty or who are at risk of it. Some smaller suppliers also voluntarily participate in part of the Warm Home Discount scheme.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is responsible for WHD policy and legislation and the energy industry regulator, Ofgem, has the role to administer certain elements of the scheme.
Criteria for the Warm Home Discount
You qualify for the discount if on 9th July 2017 all of the following applied:
• 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)
You may be able to apply directly to your electricity supplier for help if you don't qualify because you don't get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but:
• you're on a low income
• you get certain means-tested benefits
• Check with your supplier to see if you're eligible and how to apply.
What suppliers take part in the Warm Home Discount?
Energy suppliers with over 250,000 domestic customers are required to participate in each element of the scheme.
The following energy suppliers offer customers the WHD:
Atlantic (Part of SSE)
GB Energy (Part of Co-operative Energy)
Manweb (Part of ScottishPower)
Sainsbury's Energy (Part of British Gas)
Scottish Gas (Part of British Gas)
Scottish Hydro (Part of SSE)
Southern Electric (Part of SSE)
If you think that you might be eligible for support under the scheme, you can find information on the Gov UK website or (if your energy supplier is listed above) by contacting your energy supplier.
Switch Energy Suppliers to Save More
You can also save money on your energy bills with Energylinx. Over the last 12 months all 6 of the big energy suppliers in the UK have increased their electricity prices substantially, so now it a good time to consider switching suppliers. If you want to make sure that you benefit from the Warm Home Discount then make sure you switch to one of the suppliers listed above.
If you would like to discuss your options with one of our energy advisors please call 01259 220000.
Posted on August 30, 2017 at 01:56 PM