Government help with heating costs

If you're an older person or have a low income, you may be eligible for discounts, grants and other help with your energy costs.

Warm Home Discount Scheme

You might qualify for a one-off £140 discount on your electricity bill if you have a low income or you receive the guarantee element of pension credit.

Check – warm home discount scheme to see if you're eligible, which energy suppliers are part of the scheme and how to apply.

For more information, call the Warm Home Discount Scheme helpline on 0845 603 9439

Cold weather payments

You should also qualify for cold weather payments if you qualify for the Warm Home Discount.

The payments are made when temperatures drop below freezing for more than a week between the beginning of November and the end of March.

You receive £25 for every seven days where the temperature averages below 0 degrees Celsius.

You don't need to apply. Payments are made automatically.

Check to see if a cold weather payment is due for your area

Winter fuel payment

The winter fuel payment is a grant of £100 to £300 to help older people with winter energy bills. To qualify for the payment, you must have been born on or before 5 January 1953.

How much you get depends on your age, if you receive certain benefits and if you live alone or with others.

Visit to find out if you qualify

Energy cost savings

Use the Energy Saving Trust tools and calculators to find out how to make energy savings in your home.

Last updated 02 Jan 2015 | © Shelter

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