If you are in receipt of benefits like Disability Allowance, Working Tax Credit and ESA and your household income is less than £16, 190, then you may qualify for a £140 credit to your electricity bill. This is government funding that is paid to vulnerable householders to support them through the cold months of the year.

There is a core group who receive guaranteed pension credit and who automatically receive the Warm Home Discount. There is also a “broader eligibility group” who are in receipt of certain benefits who need to let their energy company know that they are eligible. Only certain energy companies (all the big ones, known as the “Big Six”) offer this, so it is something to look out for if you’re thinking of switching supplier. It’s worth switching to one that does offer the Warm Home Discount, especially if their tariff is also cheaper. It’s not worth switching away from a supplier who does offer the tariff to one that doesn’t – unless you can save more than £140.

Check the link above for more information, and check with your supplier. You need to be their customer in July, apply to the scheme any time from August/ September / October when the scheme launches and GET IN QUICK. Since the beginning of the year, schemes with certain providers have been closing as they have already run out of funds.

To learn more about this Government run scheme, please click the button below.