Have you applied for a Warm Home Discount yet?
The Warm Home Discount gives you £150 off your electricity bill between October 2023 and 31 March 2024.
The grant is applied directly to your electricity bill, and you could get money off your gas bill as well, if your supplier provides both your gas and electricity - known as a dual fuel tariff.
All participating suppliers opened their grants on 18 October, so it's time to apply. Ofgem provides details on all current energy suppliers offering the discount.
Am I eligible for the Warm Home Discount?
There are two main ways that you're eligible:
- If you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit. This is known as the 'core group'. If you're part of the 'core group', you'll receive a letter letting you know how to apply or whether it will be automatically applied. If you don't receive a letter, you can contact the Warm Home Discount helpline on 0800 030 9322 to find out more.
- If you're on a low income and receive certain benefits - such as Universal Credit (UC), working tax credits or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) - you're with an energy supplier that is part of the scheme, and you meet their criteria. This is known as the 'broader group'.
How do I apply if I'm part of the 'broader group'?
Contact your electricity supplier to check if you qualify for the grant. If you're eligible, you’ll need to apply directly with them. The grant is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as soon as you can.
Remember, even if you got the Warm Home Discount grant last year, you still have to apply for it again this year, and every year, unless you are a 'core customer'.
If you have a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter, you will usually get the grant in the form of vouchers that you can use to top-up your meter. Your energy supplier will advise you how you'll receive the grant if you're eligible.