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British Gas, E.on and Scottish Power open Warm Home Discount schemes for this winter - how to apply and get up to £140 off your energy bill

British Gas, E.on and Scottish Power open Warm Home Discount schemes for this winter - how to apply and get up to £140 off your energy bill

Households on a low income and in receipt of certain benefits may be able to get £140 off their energy bill this winter under the Warm Home Discount scheme. And major suppliers, including British Gas, EDF, E.on and Scottish Power, have reopened their schemes for 2021/22. 

Below we round up how the warm home discount works and which suppliers have opened their schemes for this winter. For more help finding free cash for your home, see our Housing and Energy Grants guide.

You can also use our free Cheap Energy Club to compare energy deals or let us pick you a tariff every year to save you £100s/yr – it’ll tell you which firms offer the warm home discount (though if you have to apply, it’s better to hold off switching till you get the cash) 

You can get £140 off energy bills under the Warm Home Discount scheme – but some will need to apply for it

The Warm Home Discount scheme requires suppliers with a certain number of household customers to help vulnerable people in the UK pay for their energy. The money isn't paid to you – it's a £140 rebate applied to your electricity bill between October and March. If you're on a prepay meter, you'll usually be sent a top-up voucher. 

There are two ways in which you can qualify, and crucially one set of customers will need to apply for the cash:

  • If you get pension credit, the payment may come automatically (this is known as the 'core group'). If you get the guarantee credit element of pension credit you should get the warm home discount automatically, provided your energy supplier is part of the scheme (all firms with more than 150,000 customer will offer it)  and your name (or your partner's) was on your energy bill as of 4 July 2021. You will get the discount from whichever supplier you were with on this date, whether you've switched away from it since or not (if you've since switched away from that firm, Ofgem advises you to check with your old supplier how it'll be paid). 

    You should receive a letter between October and December confirming when the £140 will be deducted from your energy bill. The letter may also ask you to contact the Warm Home Discount helpline to confirm your details. The helpline can also be used if you need assistance, or if you've not received your letter. Call 0800 731 0214.

  • On certain benefits? You may qualify, but you must apply (this is known as the 'broader group').  If you’re on a low income and on certain means-tested benefits you may be eligible to apply for the Warm Home Discount (all firms with more than 250,000 customer will offer it), but in this scenario, it won't be paid automatically and you'll need to apply to your energy provider. The full eligibility criteria are as follows. 

    If you have an annual household income of £16,190 or less and you get child tax credit, or you receive income support or income-based jobseeker's allowance, or you receive income-related employment and support allowance, you're eligible if you have any of the following:

    - A disability premium
    - A pensioner premium
    - A disabled child premium
    - Child tax credit that includes a 'disability' or 'severe disability' element
    - Parental responsibility of a child aged under five living with you

    If you get universal credit and have earned £1,349 or less in at least one month since October 2020, you're eligible if you have any of the following:

    - The 'limited capability for work' element (with or without a 'work-related activity' element)
    - The 'disabled child' element
    - Parental responsibility of a child aged under five living with you

You can now apply for the Warm Home Discount from certain suppliers – including British Gas and Scottish Power

If you're part of the 'broader group' of households that need to apply for the Warm Home Discount it's worth getting in your application as soon as possible as it's generally delivered on a first-come, first-served basis, with each supplier having a limited pot of cash to distribute. Energy supplier Utilitia, for example, has already opened and since closed its Warm Home Discount scheme for 2021/22.

The below table explains which providers' schemes are open for applications and which schemes are yet to open but that you can register your interest for, so you'll be told by email or text when they do reopen. In both scenarios, you can click on the supplier's name in the table below to take you to the registration or application page.

Which suppliers will let you apply for the Warm Home Discount scheme 2021/22

 

Supplier

Click on the supplier's name to apply or register your interest for the Warm Home Discount scheme

Can I apply now?
Can I register now?
Avro Energy

(Date tbc)

Boost
(Date tbc)

British Gas
(Also apply via British Gas for British Gas Evolve or Scottish Gas)


Bulb
(Date tbc)


E
(Opens in October)


E.on



E.on Next
(Also apply via E.on Next for Npower or Sainsbury's Energy)

 (Date tbc)

EDF



Octopus Energy
(Also apply via Octopus Energy for Affect, Co-op Energy, London Power, M&S Energy, Qwest Energy or Roar Power)

 (Date tbc)

Ovo Energy
(Also apply via Ovo Energy for Spark Energy)


(Opens in September)



Pure Planet

Scottish Power


Shell Energy

 (Date tbc)

So Energy

(Opens in September)



SSE
(Also apply via SSE for SSE Atlantic, Scottish Hydro, Southern Electric and Swalec) 

 (Date tbc)


Utilita

(Closed for applicants on 18 August)


(Closed for applicants on 18 August)

Utility Warehouse

Table correct as of 13 September 2021. Bristol Energy, Ecotricty, Green Energy UK and Utility Point also provide the Warm Home Discount but only to households eligible under the 'core group', which means you can't apply for these suppliers' schemes.

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