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Energy Factsheet

Thursday, February 23, 2012

This energy factsheet was prepared by the office of Meg Munn MP in February 2012. The information and phone numbers for the energy companies and advice lines were correct when this factsheet was produced. However, please be aware that details may change and you may be charged for phone calls to some of these numbers. If in doubt please contact your energy supplier directly.

 

Financial Support

 

Warm Home Discount scheme

If you receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (not Savings Credit) you may receive a 120 rebate on your electricity bill in winter 2011/12. If you meet all the conditions, you don’t need to do anything and you should receive a letter between November 2011 and the end of February 2012.

For more information phone the helpline: 0845 603 9439

 

The ‘Warm Home Discount’ can also apply to people on a low income with a disability or a long-term illness, or who have young children. You will need to contact your energy supplier to see if you qualify for the 120 rebate. Ask them about ‘Broader Group Schemes’ when you call.

 

Grants

 

Warm Front

The Warm Front scheme provides heating and insulation improvements to households on certain income-related benefits. Qualifying households can receive grants of up to 3,500 for improvements such as loft insulation, draught proofing, cavity wall insulation, hot water tank insulation, gas, electric, liquid petroleum gas or oil heating and glass-fronted fires. For more information phone: 0800 316 2805

 

British Gas Energy Trust    

An independent charity established by British Gas. The trust may be able to help if you have an energy debt and you are a British Gas customer. The average grant is 530.  Phone: 01733 421060

 

EDF energy trust     

A registered charity funded by donations from EDF Energy, which offers financial grants to customers.

Phone: 01733 421060

 

E.ON CaringEnergy Fund              

The fund aims to assist E.ON customers who are living in low income households. Phone: 0800 051 1480

 

Loft and cavity wall insulation

This may be free for

British Gas customers                         Phone: 0800 980 8177

EDF customers                                   Phone: 0800 015 7786

 

This may be discounted (from 145) for

Scottish Power customers                   Phone: 0845 601 7836

E.ON customers                                  Phone: 0845 301 4927

Npower customers                              Phone: 0800 975 6662

 

Other Assistance

Many energy companies offer their own schemes. Please contact your energy supplier if you wish to find out more. For example E.ON runs a ‘Peace of Mind Payment’ scheme, where friends and family members can elect to take on payments for E.ON customers who may be struggling to pay for their energy consumption.

 

Priority Service Register

 

Energy suppliers are obliged to offer a range of free services, known as the Priority Service Register, to their most vulnerable customers. These services are free to join and are available to customers of pensionable age, living with a visual or hearing impairment, disability or long-term ill-health.

 

Services include free gas safety inspections, advance notice and special help if your gas or water supply is interrupted, plus a password scheme so you can check the identity of engineers. Please contact your energy supplier for more information.

 

Independent advice

 

Any customer worried about their energy bills should contact their energy supplier. However, independent advice is also available.

 

South Yorkshire Energy Centre

Support for Sheffield households to reduce your fuel bills and keep your home warm. The Centre works with older people and families on low incomes as a priority. Phone: 0114 258 4574

 

Home Heat Helpline

Support for people who are worried about paying their heating bills or for advice on how to save energy.

Phone: 0800 33 66 99

 

Energy Saving Trust

Provides independent and impartial advice about how to save energy and money.

Phone: 0800 512 012

 

Consumer Direct

For advice on your rights, how to save money and what to do if you fall behind on bills.

Phone: 08454 04 05 06 


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