With the rising cost of energy, there are a number of government schemes and grants available to help people with their bills that you may qualify for such as the Warm Home Discount, the Winter Fuel Payment and the Cold Weather Payment.
Warm Home Discount
The Warm Home Discount helps customers with their energy bills during the winter months. For the winter of 2022/2023 it has been increased to £150 and the eligibility criteria will be extended by almost a third and will benefit up to three million vulnerable households.
Winter Fuel Payment
The Winter Fuel Payment is a government grant between £100 and £300 for people born before 26 September 1955.
Cold Weather Payment
The Cold Weather Payment is available if you receive certain benefits, and your area has suffered temperatures below 0 degrees for 7 consecutive days.
Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) can make a real difference to those living in poorly insulated homes. The ECO scheme is a government-backed initiative (regulated by Ofgem) to reduce carbon emissions and, in turn, lower heating bills for households that qualify for the scheme. Larger energy suppliers are legally obliged to install energy efficiency measures, such as insulation, first time central heating and draught proofing. Whether you are eligible for funding or not depends on a number of different factors. Check with your energy supplier to see if you can benefit from the scheme.