If you’re an older person and or have a low income, you may be eligible for discounts, grants and other help with your energy costs:
Warm Home Discount Scheme
You might qualify for a one-off £140 discount on your electricity bill if you’re on a low income or you receive the guarantee element of pension credit. Check Gov.uk to see if you’re eligible, which energy suppliers are part of the scheme and how to apply.
For more information call the Warm Home Discount Scheme helpline on 0845 603 9439.
Cold Weather Payments
You should also qualify for a Cold Weather Payment if you qualify for the Warm Home Discount. The payments are made when temperatures drop below freezing for more than a week between the 1st November and the 31st March.
You receive £25 for every seven days where the temperature averages below zero degrees Celsius.
You don’t need to apply. Payments are made automatically within 14 days of each period of very cold weather.
Find out if a cold weather payment is due for your area. Check Gov.uk.
Winter fuel payment
The winter fuel payment is a grant of £100 to £300 to help older people with winter energy bills. To qualify for the payment, you must have been born on or before 5 January 1953.
How much you get depends on your age, if you receive certain benefits and if you live alone or with others.
Check if you qualify by visiting Gov.uk.