THE Warm Home Discount scheme has reopened for applications – and it can give you £140 off your energy bills.
The discount could come in handy if you’re likely to struggle to keep your home warm during the winter.
The Warm Home Discount is a one-off payment of £140 that goes towards your heating costs.
It is usually paid directly to your energy supplier which will then apply the discount to your bills.
If you have a pre-payment meter, you’ll be sent a £140 voucher that you can use to top up your account.
The discount applies between September and March and can also be used towards a gas bill if you have the same supplier for both gas and electricity.
There are two ways you can be eligible for the payment:
If you’re in the “core” group of people who get the discount, on July 5, 2020 all of the following must have applied:
You’ll then receive a letter between October 2020 and December 2020 telling you how to get the discount.
This letter will tell you if you need to call the helpline by February 26, 2021 to confirm your details.
If you don’t receive the letter, contact the Warm Home Discount team on 0800 731 0214.
You can also write to Warm Home Discount, Blue Zone, Ground Floor Phase 1, Peel Park, Brunel Way, Blackpool, FY4 5ES
Your electricity supplier will apply the discount to your bill by the end of March 2021.
If you’re on a low income and get certain means-tested benefits, you could still be eligible if your energy supplier is part of the scheme.
For this group, it’s the providers that decide who gets the discount – so you will need to check with your supplier to see if you’re eligible and how to apply.
Do this as early as possible as the number of discounts suppliers can give are limited.
All of the big six energy suppliers have recently opened their applications for winter 2020/2021. Use the below online forms to apply.
If you are successful, your energy supplier will apply the discount by March 31, 2020.
You can check out the eligibility criteria for the big six suppliers below.
If you’re not with one of the big six suppliers, you may still be able to get the warm home discount.
For example, Bulb and OVO Energy are both also offering the scheme, although they haven’t yet reopened for applications.
For more information about what help is on offer, contact your energy supplier directly.
Yes. You may still be able to get a cold weather payment as well as the warm home discount.
The cold weather payment is a £25 payout to benefits claimants when temperatures in their area fall below zero degrees celsius for seven consecutive days between November 1, 2020 and 31 March, 2021.
You don’t need to apply for the cold weather payment as it’s paid automatically.
But you can check to see if you can get a payment in your area.
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