How does the Warm Home Discount Scheme work?

Beat the energy price hikes! Switch today and save £482*

in partnership with Banner uswitch

Looking to switch your business energy supplier? Click here

* Between 1 Jan 2018 and 30 Jun 2018, at least 10% of people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with uSwitch saved £482 or more.

Introduced back in 2011, the Warm Home Discount Scheme is one  aimed at helping those most vulnerable with paying their electricity bills during the cold winter months.

Those that qualify for the scheme are provided with £130, which they can put towards their electricity bills.

Although most people are already aware of this, many aren't aware of how the Warm Home Discount Scheme actually works.

It can be broken down into four bullet points:

  • Who runs it? The scheme was introduced by the government but is paid for and funded by the electricity suppliers participating in it.
  • How do they know who's eligible? Participating suppliers and the Department for Work and Pensions share a limited amount of information about their customers. By doing this the suppliers can determine which of their customers they can automatically give the discount to.
  • When will those eligible get their discount? Eligible customers will receive their discount for 2012/2013 by February 2013. These customers will also receive a letter confirming that they're eligible.
  • How long is the scheme going to run for? The Warm Home Discount Scheme is expected run for a total of four years - having commenced in winter 2011/2012.

Latest gas and electricity news brought to you by UK Power - the energy price comparison site.

Click here to run an energy price comparison, and see if you could be paying less for your gas and electricity.


Found this page interesting?

Help spread the word and share this page with your friends and family on your social networks.

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more