Need some help with energy costs?
With the weather changing and winter on the horizon, many people are getting concerned about how they are going to pay their energy bills over the coming winter.
Support may be available to help you with these costs from a variety of sources, including Government schemes, energy companies, benefits and charitable funds.
Here are some areas that Turn2us have put together for you. You can look at these see if you can get some additional support or help.
1. Check your benefits entitlement
Look at the Turn2us Benefits Calculator to make sure you are claiming all the benefits that you are entitled to.
2. Search for grants
Financial assistance and other forms of support are often available from charitable grants, depending on where you live, your background and circumstances. These include charitable or not-for-profit funds associated with many energy companies.
3. Are you eligible for the Warm Home Discount?
One of the schemes that helps pensioners and other vulnerable people is the Warm Home Discount. This offers a one-off discount of £140 on an eligible person’s electricity bill for the Winter period 2014-2015. The person’s energy supplier has to be signed up to the scheme.
The Government has announced that this has been expanded this year to include everyone in receipt of Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, including those also in receipt of Pension Credit Guarantee Credit with Savings Credit.
In addition, hundreds of thousands of the poorest working age people also qualify for the subsidy to help them keep their homes at a comfortable temperature throughout the cold weather season.
For more information, read the Turn2us news article: Are you eligible for the Warm Home Discount scheme?
4. Are you on the best tariff?
If you join MoneySavingExpert’s free Cheap Energy Club, they can check that you are on the cheapest deal. It’ll complete a simple full market comparison and help you switch to a new provider if it finds a better deal. You could also get up to £30 ‘cashback’.
Your tariff will continue to be monitored and you will be alerted if prices rise and you need to switch again.
5. Could you get help to improve your energy efficiency?
If you need help with energy efficiency improvements in your privately-owned or rented home, there are a number of schemes that may be able to help, from the Government, energy suppliers, local councils and other sources.
For more information, read the Turn2us Grants for Energy Efficiency information
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Date of publication: October 2014 Turn2us News