What help is there?
Energy Price Guarantee
From 1st October, a new ‘Energy Price Guarantee’ will mean a typical UK household will pay no more than £2,500 a year on their energy bill for the next two years. This is automatic and applies to all households.
This will save the average household at least £1,000 a year based on current energy prices from October and is in addition to the £400 energy bills discount for all households.
This applies to all households in Great Britain, with the same level of support made available to households in Northern Ireland.
(Please note the amount you pay depends on how much electricity or gas is actually used, so could be higher or lower than this figure. The payment method also affects the Energy Price Guarantee; customers on prepayment meters pay an additional £59 annually compared to those on direct debit, and customers who pay by standard credit (cash or cheque) pay an additional £215 annually, reflecting the higher cost for energy suppliers to serve them)
Energy Bill Discount
- £400 off energy bills for households in Great Britain from this October.
- This automatic, non-repayable discount will be applied in six instalments between October 2022 and March 2023 to help households through winter. Payments will be split in instalments over 6 months with payments starting from October 2022 (£66 in October, £66 in November and £67 in each month from December 2022 to March 2023). Energy suppliers may pay the EBSS by reducing customers’ Direct Debit.
Cost of Living Payment
Households on means tested benefits, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits, will receive a payment of £650 this year.
- This will be made automatically in two instalments, one in summer and another in the autumn, and is in addition to the £400 discount on energy bills.
Pensioner Cost of Living Payment
- In the winter months pensioners can get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills.
- This winter, they will also receive an extra one-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid as an automatic top-up to the Winter Fuel Payment.
Disability Cost of Living Payment
- Individuals on disability benefits will receive a one-off £150 payment in September to help with extra costs, such as for specialist equipment or transport.
- This is in addition to the £650 Cost of Living Payment for disabled people who also receive means tested benefits.
Cold weather payments
- £25 extra a week if you’re getting certain benefits is available during the winter when the temperature is zero or below for more than seven days.
Warm Home Discount
- This autumn nearly three million low-income households are eligible for a £150 rebate on their winter electricity bills.
0% VAT on energy saving materials
- It will be cheaper for you to install energy saving materials such as thermal insulation or solar panels with 0% VAT for the next five years, helping to improve energy efficiency in your home and keep heating bills down.
Help to Heat
- You may be eligible for grants to improve the energy efficiency of your home, which could help to reduce your energy bills. Government is investing in energy efficiency schemes which are being delivered by local authorities.
Household Support Fund
- £1.5 billion has been made available to support the most vulnerable to cover their essential daily costs, like energy bills. Recipients include pensioners and families with children.
- Local authorities can also issue food vouchers to families during the school holidays.
Money Saving Tips
- Add extra insulation - under floors, cavity wall and loft insulation
- Opt for carpet - consider carpeting the floors as opposed to having bare boards
- Deal with draughts - use draught excluders around windows and doors
- Be window wise - plugging up gaps and installing secondary glazing
- Consider thermal plaster - using an insulated plaster or board on your walls
- Invest in a heat pump - consider getting a heat pump instead of a boiler
- Super solar - consider investing in solar panels so you can benefit from energy generated in the summer months
- Get a smart meter - to track household energy spending more efficiently
- Intelligent water tanks - Smart water tanks have sensors to monitor your home’s hot water levels, so only what’s needed will get heated.
- Heat the person not the home - turn off radiators in rooms you do not use, consider using heated blankets as opposed to heating a whole room
- Use a slow cooker or Air Fryer - they heat a considerably smaller space than a conventional oven and are therefore much more energy-efficient
- Energy efficient light bulbs - energy saving light bulbs last up to 10 times longer than regular bulbs
- Serviced boiler - make sure it is regularly serviced and running efficiently
- Insulated hot water tank - this will conserve heat generation
- Energy saving trust logo - look for this logo when purchasing new electrical appliances to ensure they are energy efficient.
If you are struggling to pay your gas or electricity bills, you should first contact your energy supplier. Suppliers offer a range of support, such as repayment plans, and can help to signpost to the best sources of independent advice for your needs.
The Priority Services Register – additional support is available for people that are disabled, recovering from an injury, are pregnant, have extra communication needs, have reached state pension age and other eligibility factors that are not listed here. Find out more HERE
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