Several energy companies are taking applications for the Warm Home Discount scheme, which offers people with low incomes money off their gas and electricity bills
Six energy companies are now taking applications for £140 discounts on gas and electricity.
The cash is available under the Warm Home Discount scheme, due to open formally on October 18.
This is a government initiative meant to help those on low incomes with their energy bills.
The extra help will come in handy as energy bills are set to increase after the regulator Ofgem confirmed last month these bills will rise for 15million homes.
Those on default tariffs paying by direct debit will see an increase of £139 from £1,138 to £1,277 from October 1.
Prepayment customers will see bills rise by £153 from £1,156 to £1,309.
Several energy firms are now taking applications ahead of the October start point.
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The energy firms taking applications now are British Gas, British Gas Evolve, EDF, E.ON and Scottish Power.
You can register an advance application at energy firms, including Bulb, Octopus Energy and Ovo Energy.
Who can apply for the Warm Home Discount scheme?
To qualify for the Warm Home Discount scheme, you must fall into one of the two categories:
- You get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit – known as the “core group”
- You’re on a low income and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme – known as the “broader group”
How you apply for the Warm Home Discount scheme depends on how you qualify for the discount.
What is the Warm Home Discount Scheme?
A one-off payment of £140 that is designed to help cover the cost of heating your home.
The money from the scheme is not paid to you as a cash sum.
Instead, it is normally paid directly to your energy supplier, who will then apply the discount to your energy bills.
The discount is applied between October and March.
Or if you have a pre-payment meter, you’ll be sent a £140 voucher that can be used to top up your meter.
The Warm Home Discount scheme is meant to rise to £150, but the government has not yet set a date for this to happen.
How do you apply for the Warm Home Discount scheme?
The first step is to check if your energy supplier offers the Warm Home Discount scheme, as not all suppliers are signed up to the support.
If your energy provider is part of the scheme, those in the “core group” should receive a letter between October and December 2021 telling them how to get the discount.
This letter will say if you need to call a helpline by February 28, 2022 to confirm your details.
If you don’t get a letter by December 31, and you think you’re eligible, you can contact the Warm Home Discount helpline on 0800 731 0214.
Those in the “broader group” who are on a low-income can apply directly to their energy supplier, again, providing they are taking part in the scheme.