According to research carried out by the Home Heat Helpline, 3.5m vulnerable and low-income households across the country are not receiving the financial support they are entitled to, under schemes such as the Warm Home Discount.
The Warm Home Discount is a grant of up to £140 to help pay for electricity, aimed at vulnerable households during the winter. The payment is separate to both the Cold Weather Payment and Winter Fuel Payment.
The areas which contain the most people eligible, but not receiving financial help are Coventry, East London and Doncaster.
How the Warm Home Discount works
In order to qualify for the scheme, on 12 July 2014 your energy supplier must have been signed up to the scheme, your name (or you partner’s name) must have been on the energy bill) and if you must have been getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit.
Even if you do not meet the above criteria, it is worth asking your supplier if you qualify under their rules. Some people on low incomes, for example, may be eligible, depending on their energy supplier.
The big six energy suppliers – British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, npower, ScottishPower and SSE -, as well as independent energy provider First Utility, have opened up registrations for the Warm Home Discount scheme for winter 2014 – 2015.
Those eligible for the discount should apply for the Warm Home Discount as soon as possible. For more information, households can get in touch with the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99.
‘Now is the time to make energy efficiency changes to homes’
Speaking on the upcoming winter, Barbara Vest from Energy UK, the trade association for the energy industry, urged consumers to act now to keep their bills low: “Now is the right time to make energy efficiency changes to homes; whether it is getting a new boiler, double glazing or changing old light bulbs to energy efficient ones. It is also the best time to apply for the Warm Home Discount.
“People shouldn’t wait until temperatures drop to take action. Call the Helpline now on 0800 33 66 99 or their energy provider.”