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What is the Warm Home Discount and how do I get it?

Disclaimer: The information on this page was correct as of July 30, 2021.

The Warm Home Discount scheme has helped thousands of vulnerable and low-income households with their increased energy bills over the winter. But what is the Warm Home Discount and how much could you claim from your energy provider?

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What is the Warm Home Discount?

The Warm Home Discount is a Government-led scheme aimed to tackle fuel poverty over the winter months. It was set up in 2011 and was due to come to an end in March 2021, however, due to the important support it provides, it has been extended.

The scheme is opt-in for energy providers who can then offer eligible customers a one-off payment of £140 to put towards their electricity bills between October and March.

The discount is paid directly into your electricity account as credit or as a voucher if you have a prepayment meter.

Get £140 from the Warm Home Discount

Let us guide you through the Warm Home Discount and find you the right tariff that can also give you an additional £140 from the Warm Home Discount.

Eligibility criteria

There are two groups of people who are eligible for the Warm Home Discount. These groups are known as the ‘core’ and ‘broader’ groups.

The core group

You’ll qualify for the core group if:

  • Your energy supplier is part of the Warm Home Discount scheme
  • Your name (or your partner’s name) is on the electricity bill
  • You or your partner are getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit

The broader group

Different providers have slightly different criteria for the broader group, however, you should qualify for the broader group if:

  • Your energy supplier is part of the Warm Home Discount scheme (and offers it to the broader group)
  • You’re on a low income
  • You receive certain means-tested benefits

Which benefits you have to receive in order to be eligible for the discount depends on the criteria of your energy provider. In many cases, you have to meet certain criteria as well as sub-criteria.

See the criteria for your provider

How to apply for the Warm Home Discount

How you apply for the Warm Home Discount scheme depends on how you qualify for the discount.

Apply for the Warm Home Discount in the core group

If you qualify for the core group, you shouldn’t have to do anything to receive the discount.

You’ll receive a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) between October and December. This letter will tell you that you qualify for the Warm Home Discount and you should receive your £140 automatically by the end of March.

Make sure to read the letter as you may have to send some extra details in order to receive your discount. Your letter might tell you to call the Warm Home Discount helpline (0800 731 0214) to give these details, which you’ll need to do before 28th February.

If you think you qualify for the core group and haven’t received a letter by 31st December, you should call the Warm Home Discount helpline on 0800 731 0214.

Apply for the Warm Home Discount in the broader group

If you’re in the broader group, you’ll have to apply directly through your provider.

Each provider only has a limited number of discounts they can give out so it’s important that you check with them as early as possible to see if you’re eligible and how to apply. They choose who gets the discount, however, it’s usually on a first-come, first-served basis.

The application window opens around October and can close at any time if your provider runs out of discounts so it’s best to apply sooner rather than later.

If you live in a park home and pay your electricity directly to the site owner, you can use the link below to apply. Alternatively, you can call 0330 555 9424.

Apply for the Warm Home Discount in a park home

Which providers offer the Warm Home Discount?

The Warm Home Discount is an opt-in scheme, so not all providers offer it. However, providers with over 200,000 customers have to offer the discount to those who receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (known as the ‘core group’). Providers with over 250,000 customers have to also offer the discount to those who meet certain income-related criteria (known as the ‘broader group’).

Use the table below to see if your provider offers the Warm Home Discount and how to apply.

Provider Core group Broader group Apply online
Affect Energy Click here
Avro Energy Click here
Boost Click here
Bristol Energy Click here
British Gas Click here
Bulb Click here
Co-Op Energy Click here
E Gas and Electricity Click here
EON Click here
Ecotricity Click here
EDF Click here
Green Energy UK Click here
Green Network Energy Click here
Green Star Energy Click here
iSupply Energy Click here
M&S Energy Click here
Npower Click here
Octopus Energy Click here
OVO Energy Click here
Powershop Click here
Pure Planet Click here
Sainsbury’s Energy Click here
Scottish Power Click here
Shell Energy Click here
So Energy Click here
Spark Energy Click here
SSE Click here
Symbio Energy Click here
Tonik Energy Click here
Utilita Click here
Utility Point Click here
Utility Warehouse Click here

How much you can claim

If you’re eligible for the Warm Home Discount, you’ll receive £140 to put towards your electricity bill.

This will be paid directly into your electricity account where you can use it as credit to put towards your bill. If you have a prepayment meter, you’ll receive a £140 voucher to use instead. Your provider will tell you how to put this credit onto your meter.

If you have a dual fuel account with your provider, you might be able to have the £140 put towards your gas bill instead of electricity. This might be more helpful if your heating is gas-powered.

When is the Warm Home Discount paid?

If you’re accepted into the Warm Home Discount scheme, your provider will apply the discount to your bill by 31st March.

If you’re in the core group and haven’t received your discount by then, it may be that the DWP don’t have enough information on who your electricity provider is. If this is the case, it should say in your letter. To fix this, all you have to do is call the Warm Home Discount helpline on 0800 731 0214.

If you’re in the broader group and haven’t received your discount, you should contact your energy supplier to see what’s happened. If you’ve switched suppliers since October, you may not receive your discount from your new provider if:

  • They don’t support the scheme
  • They only support the scheme for the core group
  • You don’t meet their criteria
  • You haven’t applied with your new provider
  • You applied for the Warm Home Discount too late

What happens to my Warm Home Discount if I switch providers?

If you switch providers once you’ve been approved for the Warm Home Discount scheme, you may miss out on your £140.

Customers in the core group will still get their discount if they switch providers, even if the new provider doesn’t offer the scheme. If you’re in this group, all you have to do to make sure you still get your discount is call the Warm Home Discount helpline on 0800 731 0214 and tell them that you’ve switched providers. They’ll likely ask for your Warm Home Discount reference number (which you’ll find on your letter from the DWP) and your MPAN (which you’ll find on your electricity bill).

If you’re in the broader group, you’ll likely miss out on the Warm Home Discount when you switch, even if you’ve been accepted by your current provider. You’ll have to reapply for the discount with your new provider, however, you’re not guaranteed to be accepted.

You’ll miss out if:

  • Your new provider doesn’t offer the discount
  • You don’t meet your new provider’s broader group criteria
  • Your provider has run out of discounts to give
  • You switch outside of the application window

Bear in mind that if you do switch, you might be able to save more than £140, even by switching to a provider that doesn’t offer the Warm Home Discount. To make sure you’re on the best deal for you, give Utility Switchboard a call on…

020 3992 7717

Will the Warm Home Discount affect my Winter Fuel Payment?

Any Winter Fuel Payments you receive won’t be affected by your Warm Home Discount. As long as you meet the criteria for both schemes, you can receive them both.

The criteria for the two schemes are quite similar, so you’ll likely be eligible for both the Warm Home Discount and Winter Fuel Payment. If you’re in the Warm Home DIscount’s core group, both payments will be paid into your account automatically without you having to do anything.

Find out more about the Winter Fuel Payment

Will the Warm Home Discount affect my Cold Weather Payments?

Your Cold Weather Payments won’t be affected by your Warm Home Discount. If you’re eligible, both will be paid into your account automatically.

The criteria for Cold Weather Payments and the Warm Home Discount are very similar, so you’ll probably be able to get both sets of payments to help cover your heating bills over the winter.

Find out more about Cold Weather Payments

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Polly Tyler

I've learned more about energy and broadband than I ever thought I would, all while doing a job I love and working with a great team.

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