The Warm Home Discount is an annual credit that the biggest energy suppliers place on the electricity account of eligible customers. The value of the credit for the year 2019/20 has been set at £140 inclusive of VAT. There are two ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme:
- People who get the guarantee credit element of Pension Credit are in the ‘core group‘ and should receive this payment automatically.
- People on a low income in receipt of certain benefits that meet the energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme are known as the ‘broader group’ and need to re-apply each year. Each energy company sets its own eligibility criteria and they may change from year to year. Places in the Broader Group are limited and are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis so it’s important not to delay in applying when the scheme opens each year.
This page on the UK Government website will tell you about eligibility. This page lists the energy suppliers that provide Warm Home Discount. Please note, some smaller suppliers do not take part in this scheme, something to take into account when switching suppliers. Recently, a scheme for those living in park homes was piloted. An expression of interest form is available here.
Page updated 17th February 2020