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With sharp rises to gas and electricity bills predicted for this winter, it’s worth finding out whether you qualify for Warm Home Discount where you can save money off your winter energy bills.
It’s a government-backed scheme to help reduce costs if you’re on low income, getting certain benefits and struggling to pay your electricity or gas bills.
So how do you know if you are eligible, how to apply and how to get this discount? Here at MoneyHelper, we have put together the answers to some of those all important questions.
The Warm Home Discount gives you £140 off your electricity bill for the winter period bills between October and March 2021/22.
The money isn’t paid directly to you. Instead, a discount is applied to your electricity bill. You could get also money off your gas bill if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity (known as a dual fuel tariff).
Countries in the UK measure Fuel Poverty differently:
This depends on your supplier’s scheme, but you may be eligible if you’re getting one of the following means tested benefits:
Universal Credit must also include one of these payments:
How you apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme depends on how you qualify for the discount.
1. If you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit:
2. If you’re on a low income and getting certain benefits:
The scheme opened on 18 October 2021. For those that are on low income and getting certain benefits, it is recommended that you check with your electricity supplier as early as possible to see if you’re eligible.
There are a number of energy suppliers that offer this discount. Not all suppliers take part in the Warm Home Discount scheme, so you may need to keep this in mind if you are considering switching supplier.
If you use a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go meter, you can still qualify for the discount. Make sure you let your electricity supplier know and providing you are eligible, they will tell you how you can get the discount.
Written by: iLive UK