The Warm Home Discount scheme is a Government-led scheme aimed at providing some relief to low income households over the winter months.
Energy providers signed onto the scheme offer a one-off discount of £140 to qualifying households. The discount is typically applied to your electricity bill, but you may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if you have the same supplier for both.
The following energy providers currently offer the Warm Home Discount:
- Affect Energy – see Octopus Energy
- Atlantic – see SSE
- British Gas
- British Gas Evolve (formerly British Gas X)
- Bulb Energy
- Co-op Energy - see Octopus Energy
- E (Gas and Electricity)
- E.ON Next
- Ecotricity - only if you’re eligible for the ‘core group’
- EDF Energy
- ESB Energy – only if you’re eligible for the ‘core group’
- GEUK (Green Energy UK) - only if you’re eligible for the ‘core group’
- London Power
- M&S Energy
- Nabuh Energy
- Octopus Energy
- Outfox the Market – only if you’re eligible for the ‘core group’
- Rebel Energy – only if you’re eligible for the ‘core group’
- Sainsbury’s Energy
- Scottish Gas – see British Gas
- Scottish Hydro – see SSE
- Shell Energy Retail
- So Energy
- Southern Electric – see SSE
- Swalec – see SSE
- Utility Warehouse
The following suppliers were part of the scheme but are no longer trading:
- Avro Energy
- Bristol Energy
- Green – ‘core group’ only
- Igloo Energy – ‘core group’ only
- People’s Energy
- Pure Planet
- Together Energy
- Utility Point
Eligibility and deadlines
If you were in receipt of the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit by 7th July 2019, you are automatically eligible to apply for the Warm Home Discount scheme (even if you also receive Savings Credit). Your energy provider will need to be signed onto the scheme and you or your partner’s name must be on your energy bill. People who meet this criteria are referred to as the ‘core group’ and are eligible for the scheme under all participating providers.
Aside from the ‘core group’, each energy provider has different criteria for who is eligible for the scheme. The deadline to apply also varies from supplier to supplier, ranging from early January to the end of February. Because of this, we highly encourage you to visit your supplier’s website for their full terms and conditions (which you can do by following the links above) and apply as soon as possible.
If you are eligible and your supplier has gone bust your new supplier will let you know if the Warm Home Discount is available once you transfer over. You are free to switch to a different supplier if your new supplier does not offer the Warm Home Discount.
If your application to the scheme is successful, your energy supplier will apply the discount by the end of March 2022.
Find out more
For more information on the Warm Home Discount, visit gov.uk.