Are you worried about how you could afford to pay your heating bill this winter? Heating can become an expensive commodity, and for some, the luxury of enjoying a warm home remains exactly that. This is why the Warm Home Discount Scheme was introduced in 2011, to ensure some of the country’s most vulnerable residents stay warm over the colder months.
What is the Warm Home Discount Scheme?
The Warm Home Discount scheme provides those who are eligible with a £140 rebate off their energy bill for winter 2016/2017. The money isn’t paid directly to you, but is discounted from your electricity bill between October 2016 and April 2017.
Am I eligible?
A variety of criteria applies in order to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme 2016. Such as:
- Your electricity supplier must be part of the scheme on 10th July 2016
- Your name (or your partner’s) was on the electricity bill on 10th July 2016
- You were in receipt of the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit on 10th July 2016.
If you don’t receive Guarantee Credit, you may still be eligible if you receive certain means-tested benefits or are on a low income. Simply contact your energy supplier to find out if you qualify for the discount.
What about if I have a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go meter?
For those with a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go meter, you can still receive the Warm Home Discount if you meet the above criteria.
How do I apply?
If you are eligible, you should receive a letter informing you that you qualify for the Warm Home Discount, or one asking you to apply by February 2017. This depends on your energy supplier.
See if you qualify
Want to check if you’re eligible? Co-operative Energy have created this handy Warm Home Discount Tool, which does just that. Simply click on the answer that applies to you to reveal the next question, until you’re given your answer!
Co-operative Energy has two elements to the scheme: the Broader Group and Core Group. Broader Group customers will need to apply for the discount, while customers in the Core Group will be identified by Co-operative Energy and automatically credited. It’s that easy.
Stay warm this winter with the Warm Home Discount Scheme. For more information on whether you meet the criteria, click here.