If you're on benefits or have a low income
You may be eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme, some home energy support payments and improvement schemes.
Warm Home Discount Scheme
You could get £150 off your electricity bill for winter 2023 to 2024 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme if you either:
- get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit
- are on a low income
You’ll usually get the discount automatically if you’re eligible.
If you live in Scotland
You’ll need to apply directly to your energy supplier unless you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit.
Find out if you’re eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme in Scotland.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme is not available in Northern Ireland. Find out about the Affordable Warmth scheme.
Get help with energy-saving improvements
You can apply for help with home energy-saving improvements if you get certain benefits, live in social housing or are on a low income. Find out more about:
- the Energy Company Obligation if you’re on benefits or live in social housing
- the Great British Insulation Scheme if your property is within a certain energy rating and council tax band
- the Home Upgrade Grant if you own a home in England with no boiler
You may be able to get other kinds of support, including:
a Cost of Living Payment if you get certain benefits or tax credits
a Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, included in the 2023 to 2024 Winter Fuel Payment
help from the Household Support Fund from your local council
Cold Weather Payments if you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and get certain benefits
a Winter Heating Payment if you live in Scotland and get certain benefits
a discount from your landlord or property manager if they receive support and you pay for your energy as part of your rent
a discount from your heat supplier if you get your energy from a heat network
If you’re struggling to pay your energy bill
You can contact Citizens Advice for information on grants and support to help you pay your energy bills.
If you cannot afford to top up your prepayment meter
You can get temporary credit from your supplier. You will have to pay this back.
You may also be able to get a fuel voucher. This is a code given to you in a letter, text message or email which you can use to add credit to your gas card or electricity key.