The scheme, which is due to go before parliament for its approval, will make it a legal requirement for fuel providers to offer financial support to those who need it most.
Secretary of state for energy and climate change Chris Huhne says: "Warm Home Discount does exactly what it says on the tin, in providing money off vulnerable households' energy bills to help them afford their central heating."
Combining the discount with a switch of energy supplier may be the best way forward for those who want to shave the size of their monthly electricity and gas bill.
Representatives from several of the country's largest power providers visited Westminster this week to tell ministers to expect price hikes.
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