If you’re struggling to heat your home this winter because you can’t afford your energy bills, it’s worth checking whether you may be eligible for some financial support from the government.
For example, If you were born on or before 26 September 1955, then you may be entitled to a tax-free Winter Fuel payment of between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills and stay warm this winter. The amount of Winter Fuel Payment that you receive will depend on how old you are and who else you live with.
If you’re not eligible for the Winter Fuel payment, you might be able to get money off your energy bills for 2021/22 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. This is a one-off discount on your electricity bill, paid directly to your energy provider on your behalf between September and March.
You may be eligible if you:
are receiving the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit and your electricity supplier is part of the Warm Homes Discount scheme. In this case, you should get £140 automatically deducted from your bill between September and March.are on a low income, already receive certain means-tested benefits and your electricity supplier is part of the Warm Homes Discount scheme. If you think you might be eligible, contact your electricity supplier in the first instance and they will be able to give you more details and confirm if you are eligible.are on a pre-pay or pay as you go electric meter. You will need to speak to your electricity provider to find out how to activate your deduction.
Find out more about help you might be able to claim for in our guide Are you eligible for help with heating costs?
You could also look into monitoring your usage more accurately by asking your supplier about installing a Smart Meter. These use real time data to track your usage, so you don’t have to worry about taking readings and keeping on top of your bills. This could help you to understand your usage, and take steps to reduce your bills and consumption.