Do you know about the Warm Home Discount scheme?
This could give you £140 towards your energy bill if you meet the eligibility criteria.
Most energy companies take part in this scheme – check Energy Companies to see if they are offering this discount.
You should automatically qualify for the discount if you or your partner were receiving Pension Credit on the ‘qualifying day’ – 12th July 2015 – and your supplier is part of the scheme. If so, you do not need to do anything now to get your discount. The Government should write to all those potentially eligible for this discount in autumn 2015. If you don’t get a letter by 24th December 2015, but think you should qualify contact the Warm Home Discount Team on 0345 603 9439.
Can other people get a Warm Home Discount?
This discount is also available for customers who may be struggling with their energy costs. Each supplier has their own rules about who qualifies for this help. Here are a few examples of who may qualify:
- Customers in receipt of income related Employment and Support Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance.
- Households with a gross annual income of less than £16,190.
If you think that you may be eligible you will need to apply for the discount –
you can do this by either phoning your energy company or going to their website.
The funds are limited and the discount is offered on a first come first served basis, so you need to get your application in early.
The discount will either come as a rebate on your electricity bill, or if you are a prepayment customer you usually get the discount as a voucher that you can use to top-up your meter.
You can contact the Warm Home Discount Scheme Helpline (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) on 0845 603 9439 or look at this website www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme/what-youll-get for more information.
How else can I reduce my energy bills?
You can check if you are on the cheapest possible energy tariff – some people can save up to £200 a year by switching to a better energy deal.
You can do a comparison on-line – for more information on how to do this go to www.goenergyshopping.co.uk/ or contact any of the accredited switching organisations shown overleaf. You will need to have details of your present energy tariff and how much energy you are using – this should be on your last energy bill.
Rugby residents can contact the Sustainable Homes Officer on 01788 533830if they want any further information or advice about their energy bills.
Sustainable Homes Officer,
Rugby Borough Council, Evreux Way, Rugby CV21 2RR