Benefits & Energy

Warm Home Discount Scheme

It’s that time of year again, some energy providers have already opened up their WHD schemes and others are due to open shortly.  Take a look at the link below to see if you provider is a part of the scheme

https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme/energy-suppliers

If your supplier hasn’t opened their 2020/21 scheme yet, you may still be able to register for a notification when it does open.

If you haven’t already heard of the WHD scheme, it is a one-off credit to your electricity bill of £140 to help with winter heating costs, and is usually applied direct to your account by 31st March the following year.

If you think you may be eligible, check if your supplier is part of the scheme, and what their eligibility criteria are. As of April 2019, any supplier with 200,000 customers must offer WHD, but some of the smaller suppliers also participate.

Those who are eligible for the Core Group should receive their WHD without having to apply, but if you are eligible as part of the Broader Group the sooner you apply the better, as applications are dealt with on a first-come first-serve basis

Warm Home Discount Scheme

Warm Home Discount Schemes are starting to open now! If you are on a low income/benefits, check if you can apply to your energy provider to receive a credit of £140 on your electricity bill. It’s first come, first served so don’t delay! EON’s scheme has opened now and Utilita opens next week, others usually open in August and September. You can find out more here https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/pages/warm-home-discount
If you receive the guarantee element of Pension Credit you should get this payment automatically – you are in the ‘Core Group’. If you didn’t get it last year, click the link to find out who you should contact.
If you receive other benefits, you are in the ‘Broader Group’ and need to apply each year. Each supplier sets their own rules about who can apply, and these rules might change from year to year. Click the link and you’ll find links to different energy suppliers. Only the bigger energy suppliers need to provide this discount.

Energy Advice

REAP is currently running the ENERGY ADVICE MORAY project offering free energy advice to households across Moray. This work is funded by Moray Council through their HEEPS scheme (Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland). We’re sending invitations to households that have had improvements under the scheme offering free and impartial advice, but anyone who lives in Moray may be eligible for advice. This may be extended to a home visit if necessary.
Please call us on 01542 888070 or email info@reapscotland.org.uk and one of our trained Energy Advisers will get back to you. This service is currently funded to the end of March 2018, but REAP is urgently seeking funding to extend this beyond March, especially to those who are spending a large percentage of their income on heating their home – defined as being in ‘fuel poverty’.