ENERGY bills are running high but anyone struggling can still get a £140 discount.
Ten Vendors Are Still Offering Warm Home Discounts That Can Save You Money bill.
British Air closed apps todaybut you can still apply for discounts from other energy companies like Ovo and E.on.
So it’s more important than ever to check out what you can do to lower your bill.
Some people get the Warm Home discount automatically, but others must claim cash.
Applications for cash have begun closing at some providers, so pay sooner rather than later so you don’t miss out.
British Gas closed the plan at 8am today (11/1) and EDF and Scottish Power will no longer be accepting requests.
While it may take you longer to sign up with some companies, cash is limited and it is issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
Some vendors do not offer the Warm Home Discount at all. Below is a complete list of vendors that still offer discounts and those that are currently closed.
We’ve asked each company when the program will end and will update when we have a response.
As demand can be high, some programs may close earlier than scheduled, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible.
- British Air
- E energy
- Octopus Energy
- Scottish Power
- Utilities Store
If your provider’s plan has ended or isn’t available, there’s still other help you can get – see detailed instructions.
You can apply for help if you have a low income, but each provider will have their winning criteria.
Some people who receive Pension Credit will receive an automatic discount.
We explain how the program works and who is eligible below.
What is the Home Discount?
The Warm Home Discount is a one-time £140 payment towards your heating costs.
It is usually paid directly to your energy supplier, who will then apply a discount to your bills.
If you have a prepay meter, you will be sent a £140 voucher that you can use to fund your account.
The discount applies from October to March and can also be used on gas bills if you have the same supplier for both gas and electricity.
Who is eligible for the Home Discount?
There are two ways you can qualify for a payment:
- If you get the guaranteed credit element of retirement credit, you’ll be in what’s known as the “core group.”
- If you are low-income and meet the provider’s criteria, you will be placed in what is known as the “broader group”.
If you’re in the main group of people who get the discount, by July 4, 2021, all of the following must apply:
- Your energy supplier is part of the plan
- Your name (or partner’s name) is on the invoice
- You have received the guaranteed credit factor of pension credit (even if you get savings credit)
You may be part of a broader group if you are low-income and receive certain benefits that have your vehicle and energy provider checked as part of the program.
Depending on the provider, who gets the discount, and each provider has different eligibility criteria.
You have to sign up with them directly, and they also have a limited number of people they can offer discounts to, too, so the earlier you sign up, the better your chances of getting a discount.
How do I sign up for the Warm Home Discount Program?
For those in the core group receiving retirement credit, you’ll receive a letter between October and December telling you how to get discount if you qualify for it.
It will indicate if you need to call the helpline by February 28, 2022 to confirm your details.
The discount will be applied to your bill by March 31, 2022.
If you are a member of the core team and did not receive a letter by December 31 of this year, you should contact the helpline on 0800 731 0214.
For those in the broader group, you need to apply directly to your energy company.
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