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Energy schemes - Warm Home Discount

If you are struggling to pay your energy bills, find out about the various schemes and grants that may be available to help towards the cost of energy.

Warm Home Discount

Your electricity supplier may have signed up to the Warm Homes Discount Scheme which offers a one-off discount of £140 from your electricity bill.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme for Winter 2017-2018 closed on 31 March 2018. The 2018 to 2019 scheme will start on 15 October 2018.

The information below describes the qualifying rules for the Winter 2017-2018 scheme.  As soon as information is available on the 2018 to 2019 scheme, we will update this page further.

Who qualifies for the Warm Home Discount?

In 2017-18, you can qualify for a warm home discount if on 9 July 2017:

  • your supplier was part of the scheme, and

  • you or your partner's name was on the bill, and

  • you fit into either the:

    • Core group: If you are receiving the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you also get the Savings Credit) you should be automatically considered for the Warm Home Discount. The Government should write to you in Autumn or Winter 2017.

    • Broader group: The criteria for inclusion depends on the supplier but you may be eligible if you are in receipt of certain benefits; your annual income is below a certain amount and you are spending more than 10% of it on fuel; or you have a disability or illness. You will have to claim if you fit into the broader group, so contact your supplier for more information.

How is the Warm Home Discount paid?

If you qualify, the Warm Home Discount will appear as a credit on your electricity bill sometime between October 2017 and March 2018. If you use a pre-pay or 'pay as you go' electricity meter, it may be paid to you through a top-up voucher but check with your supplier.

Please note: if you apply for a Warm Home Discount but then change your supplier before this has been credited to your account, you will no longer be eligible to receive the discount from your original supplier. You will have to make an application to your new supplier.

The Warm Home Discount and effect on other benefits that help with energy costs

Getting the Warm Home Discount does not affect your eligibility for Cold Weather Payments or Winter Fuel Payments.

More information on the Warm Home Discount

See the Gov.UK website information on the Warm Home Discount. This includes a list of suppliers that have signed up to the initiative with links to their websites.

Update: 23 August 2018

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