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Energy factsheet

Monday, December 17, 2012

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

 

Financial Support

 

Warm Home Discount scheme

For winter 2012 to 2013, you could get a 130 discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme. You qualify for the discount if on 21 July 2012 your supplier was part of the scheme, your name (or your partner’s) was on the bill and you were either:

  • 80 or over and getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit
  • under 80 and only getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (you won’t qualify if you also get Saving Credit)

If eligible, you’ll get a letter telling you one of the following:

  • you don’t have to apply for the discount you’ll get it automatically; or,
  • you must apply for the discount by 13 March 2013 the letter will tell you why and how

Letters are sent between September 2012 and January 2013. Contact the helpline if your letter doesn’t arrive by February 2013. Helpline: 0845 603 9439 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).

More details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme/overview

 

As part of the Warm Home Discount scheme, participating electricity suppliers are providing financial support to a ‘Broader Group’ of their low income and vulnerable customers. You will need to contact your energy supplier to see if you qualify for the 130 discount on your bill. Ask them about ‘Broader Group Schemes’ when you call. More details can be found at: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/funding/whds/whd_broader/whd_broader.aspx

 

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 or oil heating. For more information phone: 0300 123 1234

More details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/warm-front-scheme

 

 

 

British Gas Energy Trust    

An independent charitable trust set up by British Gas. The aim of the Trust is to give vulnerable individuals a fresh start and enable them to keep free of fuel debts going forward. 

Phone: 01733 421060 or visit: http://www.britishgasenergytrust.org.uk/

 

E.ON CaringEnergy Fund              

The fund aims to assist E.ON customers who are living in low income households.

Phone: 0800 051 1480 or visit: http://www.eonenergy.com/for-your-home/Get-energy-efficient/Get-your-home-energy-efficient/Energy-efficiency-advisers/Guidance-and-Caring-Energy?ce345

 

Other Assistance

Many energy companies offer their own schemes. Please contact your energy supplier if you wish to find out more.

 

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 checks and a password scheme which staff will use when visiting your home. 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 or visit: http://www.syec.co.uk/index.php

 

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 or visit: http://www.homeheathelpline.org.uk/

 

Energy Saving Trust

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

Phone: 0300 123 1234 or visit: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/

 

Citizens Advice consumer service

For confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues, your energy supply and postal service.

Phone: 08454 04 05 06 or visit: http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/consumer_e


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