Get £150 towards the cost of electricity!

If you are on a low income, including a low wage, then you may qualify for the Warm Home Discount, which is £150 towards the cost of electricity.

You apply directly to your electricity supplier and will need your electricity account number. You usually have to satisfy two criteria with the first part being your core income and the second part being based on some form of vulnerability, such as ill health or children in the household.

Each energy company has a slightly different criteria and you can find out the criteria directly from the company.

If you are in receipt of the Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit, you will be considered as part of the CORE group for the Warm Home Discount, which means it will be automatically applied to your electricity.

Otherwise, you will need to check if you qualify based on the BROADER group. If you go to the website of your current supplier and search for the BROADER group for Scotland, you should find more information and the opportunity to apply.

If you were not with your current supplier on 13th August 2023, it is unlikely you will get the Warm Home Discount, but we would advise you to apply anyway just in case.

ou may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity and you’re eligible. Please contact your energy supplier to find out.

The discount will not affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.

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’ll get the discount if you’re eligible, for example a voucher you can use to top up your meter.

Park (mobile) homes

You apply a different way if you live in a park home.

Applications for winter 2022 to 2023 open in September. Find out how to apply for the Park Homes Warm Home Discount.

Eligibility

There are different ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme depending on where you live.

Here are some links to the criteria for this year…

British Gas / Scottish GasWarm Home Discount – British Gas
EDFWarm Home Discount Scheme | What Is It? How To Apply? | EDF (edfenergy.com)
E Energye.org/support/warm-home-discount
E.On Nexteonnext.com/warm-home-discount
OctopusThe Warm Home Discount | Octopus Energy
Ovo (formerly SSE)The Warm Home Discount scheme: what it is and how to apply | OVO Energy
Scottish PowerNOT YET OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
Shell Energyshellenergy.co.uk/services/warm-home-discount
UtilitaCLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS
Utility Warehouseuw.co.uk/legal/energy-information/warm-home-discount-scheme

Conclusion

The Warm Home Discount is £150 towards the cost of electricity for people who qualify by satisfying two criteria. It is paid automatically for people in receipt of the Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit. Anybody else can apply as part of the BROADER group. Each energy company has a slightly different criteria and there are links above to find out more from each company. If you were not with your current supplier on 13th August 2023, it is unlikely you will get the Warm Home Discount, but we would advise you to apply anyway just in case.