The Warm Home Discount


Last Updated 30th September 2021

The Warm Home Discount

The Warm Home Discount is a rebate of £140 you may be eligible to claim from your energy supplier. It’s a UK Government scheme obligating energy suppliers to provide assistance to customers who may need extra support to heat their homes during the cold winter months.

Not all suppliers offer the scheme, only suppliers who have more than 250,000 customers are obligated to provide it. You can find a list of participating suppliers below.

Our ‘Warm Home Discount – Explained’ video gives an overview of how it works.

 

Who is eligible?

The Warm Home Discount is split into two groups, the core group and the broader group, both have different eligibility criteria.

 

Core Group

The Core group is made up of those who receive Pension Credit. If this is you, the Warm Home Discount will be paid automatically.

If you don’t receive it, firstly check that your supplier offers it and that your name and address are the same on your energy bills as they are with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

You should usually have received a letter during the summer if you’re going to be given the Warm Home Discount automatically. If you receive Pension Credit, and you’ve not had a letter from the DWP, it’s important to get in touch with your energy company to let them know.

 

Broader Group

The broader group criteria differ slightly between suppliers. However, you will most likely qualify if you receive some sort of means-tested benefit and/or are on a low income. If you’re in the broader group you will need to apply for it each year.

 

How do I apply?

Each supplier has a limited amount of money to give away. Usually, suppliers will offer this on a first come first serve basis. Applications usually open in the Autumn. You should be able to apply online or through your suppliers app if they have one. Some suppliers will help you complete an application by phone.

 

How will I get it?

Energy suppliers have until the end of March 2022 to pay it to you. If you have a prepayment meter you will usually receive a voucher in the post. If you have a standard meter you will see it added to your winter bill as a credit.

 

My supplier has ceased trading since I applied?

Warm Home Discount applications are not protected by Ofgem at this current time. You may be able to reapply with the new supplier who has been appointed to take over your account.

 

Participating suppliers 2021/2022

Below you can find a list of the energy suppliers who offer the scheme. Click on the link to be taken to the supplier’s application form or webpage. We’ll also update this regularly showing when a supplier has opened or closed applications.

Energy Supplier

Status

Avro Energy Ceased trading, see new supplier Octopus Energy
Boost Energy Open for applications
Bristol Energy Open for applications
British Gas Open for applications
British Gas Evolve Open for applications
Bulb Energy Open for applications
E energy supply Opening Autumn 2021
E.On Open for applications
E.On Next Opening Autumn 2021
Ecotricity Core group only
EDF Energy Open for applications
Octopus Energy Open for applications
Ovo Energy Open for applications
Park Homes Open for applications
People’s Energy Ceased trading, see new supplier British Gas
Pure Planet Open for applications
Sainsbury’s Energy Opening Autumn 2021
Scottish Power Open for applications
Shell Energy Open for applications
So Energy Open for applications
Spark Opening Autumn 2021
SSE / Scottish Hydro Open for applications
Together Energy Open for applications
Utilita Energy Closed for applications
Utility Point Ceased trading, see new supplier EDF energy
Utility Warehouse Open for applications

 

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