Thousands of households are eligible to receive £140 off their energy bill this winter through the Warm Home Discount.
Low income homes and those receiving their pension could see a significant chunk taken off their bills if they sign up to the scheme in the next few weeks.
This will be particularly important as the new energy price cap level is set to kick in at the beginning of October, rising bills for millions of customers.
Customers are encouraged to apply as soon as their supplier opens applications as there is a limited number of discounts to go around.
Thousands are eligible to receive £140 off their energy bill through the Warm Home Discount
Several providers have said they will offer the discounts on a first come, first served basis meaning eligible households should act fast.
This is Money has detailed exactly what the Warm Home Discount is, how you can apply and which energy suppliers have started taking applications for the scheme.
What is the scheme?
Eligible households could get £140 off their electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme which officially opens on 18 October 2021.
The money is not paid directly to customers but instead is a one-off discount on a home’s electricity bill between October and March.
Customers may be able to get the discount on their gas bill instead if their supplier provides them with both gas and electricity and should contact their provider to find out.
Am I eligible?
You could be eligible if you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit – known as the ‘core group’.
If you are in this category, you will receive a letter between October and December 2021 telling you how to get the discount if you qualify.
Your electricity supplier will apply the discount to your bill by 31 March 2022.
If you have not received a letter and think you are eligible, contact your energy provider.
Customers could also be eligible if they are on a low income and meet their energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme – known as the ‘broader group’.
If in this category, you will have to apply for the discount through your provider which will decide who is eligible or not.
As the number of discounts is limited, customers are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure they can take advantage of the scheme.
Households can still qualify for the discount if they use a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter.
Suppliers will tell you how you will get the discount if you’re eligible, for example a voucher you can use to top up your meter.
A number of providers have already opened their applications for the discount scheme
Which energy suppliers have opened applications?
Ovo, which also looks after SSE, said it doesn’t yet have a firm scheme opening date but it’s likely to be later this month.
It added its advice to customers at the moment would be to register their interest online and it will be sure to contact them with more information as soon as the scheme is open.
British Gas said its scheme for 2021/22 is now open and customers can apply.
EDF added its scheme is also now open and customers can apply on their website.
The supplier said it encourages customers to apply as soon as possible as the scheme will be closed once it hits its maximum number of applications.
It added it anticipates applying the rebate to eligible customers accounts by the end of February 2022.
Octopus Energy said it has already opened its applications now.
There is no specific deadline for applications but it will be mentioning the scheme to customers who might be able to benefit from being in the broader group.
Bulb said customers in the broader group for the Warm Home Discount can now register their interest on its website and it will email them when applications open later this month.
It added it processes applications on a first come, first served basis so it encourages members to register their interest as soon as they can.
Eon is now taking applications and is encouraging customers to apply as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Eon Next’s scheme will open in the coming weeks, but customers can register interest on the website now and it will contact them when it opens.
Scottish Power added its applications had been open since 10 August.