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September is here which means temperatures will start cooling off over the next few weeks as the days get shorter which means households across the country will start cranking up the central heating to warm up their homes, however, over a typical winter period can lead to higher fuel bills. To help with these mounting costs, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is reminding people that they could get GBP140 off their electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme, which opens on October 18, 2021. The money is not paid directly to you - it's a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between October and March 2022.
You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity. Contact your supplier to find out. The discount will not affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.
Some customers will automatically qualify for a rebate and will automatically receive a letter from DWP telling you this.
Am I eligible?
There are two ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme: How you apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme depends on how you qualify for the discount.
Pre-pay or pay-as-you-go meters
You can still qualify for the discount if you use a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter. Your electricity supplier can tell you how you will get the discount if you're eligible, for example a voucher you can use to top up your meter.
How to apply
Your electricity supplier decides who can get the discount.
The number of discounts suppliers can give is limited. Check with your supplier as early as possible to see if you're eligible and how to apply - check with them even if you were eligible for a discount last year. Your electricity supplier will apply the discount to your bill by March 31, 2022.
Only British Gas, E.on and Scottish Power have confirmed they are participating this year, however, the energy firms listed below took part of the scheme during winter 2020 to 2021:
- Affect Energy
- Avro Energy
- Bristol Energy - only if you're eligible for the 'core group'
- British Gas
- British Gas Evolve (formerly British Gas X)
- Bulb Energy
- Co-op Energy
- E (Gas and Electricity)
- Ecotricity - only if you're eligible for the 'core group'
- EDF Energy
- Green Energy UK (GEUK)
- Green Network Energy
- Green Star Energy -
- iSupply Energy
- London Power
- Lumo - see OVO
- M&S Energy
- nPower Select
- Octopus Energy
- Pure Planet
- Qwest Energy
- Roar Power
- Sainsbury's Energy
- Scottish Hydro
- Shell Energy
- So Energy
- Southern Electric
- Symbio Energy
- Tonik Energy
- Utility Point - only if you're eligible for the core group
- Utility Warehouse
MoneySavingExpert.c0m has a full guide to which energy supplier is open to applications or when they are expected to do so - find out more here.
For more information about the Warm Home Discount Scheme for winter 2021/22, visit the GOV.UK website here.
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