If you’re struggling to afford your energy bills, you may be able to take advantage benefits and grants offered by the government and energy suppliers.
There are lots of national and local benefits and grants available to help you manage your energy costs. You can find out more about these below.
- Severn Trent Water customers could save 90% off their water bill
Severn Trent Water customers may be able to save up to 90% of your water bill by applying to their ‘Big Difference’ scheme.
Eligibility is based on your household income.
You can find more information and apply on the Severn Trent Big Difference website
- Gas and electricity bills due to rise – think about switching supplier before October
Due to an increase in global prices for fossil fuels, especially gas, a typical gas and electricity customer is likely to see their bill go up by over £100 a year.
Now is a good time to switch supplier to make sure you’re on the best possible tariff.
Take a look at ofgem accredited energy price comparison websites for the best deals and switch before prices rise on 1st October.
- Big Community Switch - free energy switch service
Big Community Switch is a free scheme that could help you save money on your energy bills.
What is Big Community Switch?
Collective energy switching uses the bargaining power of a large group of people to get a competitive offer for you. Big Community Switch is coordinated by iChooser.
How does it work?
It’s a free service and open to anyone in the UK.
- They invite pre-vetted energy suppliers to an energy auction where they compete to offer you the lowest energy tariff.
- Suppliers bid against each other until they have the lowest bid.
- You’ll then be sent a personal offer. There’s no obligation to accept the offer
- If you do accept, and choose to switch energy supplier, they will handle the entire switching process for you.
The scheme runs continually with auctions several times a year.
How do you get involved?
To get involved, you’ll need to sign-up on the Big Community Switch website.
You’ll need to provide your contact details, the name of your energy supplier and details of your current energy usage and tariff.
Find out more on the Big Community Switch website
- Grants to help pay off your energy debts
If you’re in debt to your energy supplier, you may be able to get a grant from a charitable trust to help pay it off.
British Gas Energy Trust - open to anyone
The British Gas Energy Trust offer grants to clear domestic gas and electricity debts. These grants are open for anyone to apply for, you don't need to be a British Gas customer.
Energy company grants for customers
There are also companies who offer grants specifically for their customers, including:
npower Energy Fund
Scottish Power Hardship Fund
Ovo Debt and energy assistance
E.on Energy Fund
When you apply for a grant, you'll be asked to provide detailed information about your financial situation. The Citizens Advice service may be able to help you with your application.
- Warm Home Discount Scheme
You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
The scheme for 2021 opens on 18 October 2021.
The money is paid as a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between September and March.
- Winter Fuel Payment
The Winter Fuel Payment is an annual one-off payment of between £100 and £300 to help you pay for heating during the winter.
You can usually get a Winter Fuel Payment if you were born on or before 5 October 1954.
You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you are eligible and you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit).
- Cold Weather Payments
Cold Weather Payments are one-off payments to help you pay for extra heating costs when it’s very cold.
You’ll get a payment each time the temperature drops below a specific temperature for a set period of time.
You’ll only be eligible if you already get:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
Support services and agencies in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull
- Act On Energy - support in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull
Act on Energy is a registered environmental charity covering Warwickshire, Coventry, Solihull and surrounding areas.
They offer a full home energy support service and free, impartial advice, including:
- energy bill advice
- managing energy debt
- switching suppliers
- grant availability
- onwards referrals to other agencies if appropriate