Many people are now spending more time at home due to COVID-19. This raises concerns for some family’s as to how they will afford the additional heating & electricity costs. We’ve put together this article sign posting to some schemes that will be able to help, especially if your receiving benefits, a pensioner or a low-income household.
*Please note, some of the winter are due to end 31st March. Some schemes may have been extended or had changes made to them in response to COVID-19.
Although getting slightly warmer, the weather is still cold across the UK so it’s important to properly heat and ventilate your home for your own health benefits and wellbeing. These schemes can help if you’re concerned or struggling. You can also see our top tips on how to keep the home warm during self-isolation.
Eligible for people born on or before 5 April 1954, the Winter Fuel Payment grants £100-£300 to help pay heating bills.
For those on low income or getting the guarantee credit party of pension credit. Warm Home Discount grants up to £140 of your electricity bill.
You may be entitled to the Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or support for mortgage interest and the average temperature in your area is/ forecasted to be below zero degrees over 7 consecutive days. The scheme grants £25 for each 7-day period of very cold weather.
Nest (Wales Only)
In Wales the Nest scheme offers a range of free impartial advice and a package of free home energy efficiency improvements to eligible customers.
They work with the big energy companies and assess people on a case by cases basis offering hardship funds when necessary.
Direct from Your Supplier
Most of the larger energy suppliers offer hardship funds and various schemes for their customers. If you get energy from any of the below suppliers click the link to see their individual schemes.
Direct from Your Local Authority
Call your local council or citizens advice to find out about their dedicated hardship funds and fuel poverty schemes. Most local authorities are committed to ending fuel poverty and have schemes in place for those who need to access help.
Direct from Evolve
A well-insulated home and an up to date heating system is the most energy efficient and cost-effective way to heat your home. If you qualify for any of these schemes you can most likely get cavity wall & loft insulation and a new boiler for free as well.
Speak to one of our team today for further info and to book a free survey (Surveys will be scheduled for after lock down has ended.)
0800 292 2554