Winter can be an expensive time of the year for some families, with the cost of keeping your home warm increasing each year. It is estimated Britons are forking out up to £147 more on core households bills than they were this time in 2018, according to MoneySuperMarket. But help could be at hand through the Warm Home Discount scheme, a Government initiative that provides money off electricity bills between September and March. It works by providing a one-off payment of £140 either directly to the energy supplier or, if the customer has a pre-payment meter, in the form of a voucher.
There are currently two ways in which individuals can qualify for the discount, which can also be put towards a gas bill if you have the same supplier for both gas and electricity.
This includes getting the guarantee credit element of pension credit, or being on a low income and meeting the criteria of an energy provider.
Should a customer be eligible, the discount will be applied to an electricity bill by the end of March 2019.
If an individual has not yet had a letter, the Warm Home Discount team can be called on 0800 731 0214.
But customers will need to be quick, as the Warm Home Discount department will need to be contacted by February 28, 2019.
It is worth calling sooner rather than later, as the number of discounts a supplier can dish out can be limited.
Shock research by MoneyExpert last week revealed one in four (28 percent) of Brits live in the cold because they cannot afford to heat their homes.
Regionally this percentage is highest in London, where a third of respondents (34 percent) cannot afford to adequately heat their homes.
This is followed by homes in the South West (33 percent) and North East (33 percent).
Meanwhile, data from Igloo Energy revealed last year how homes from Blackpool spend a higher percentage of their salary on energy bills than anywhere else in England and Wales.
Locals in the seaside Lancashire town are splashing out a staggering 5.2 percent of their net annual salary on keeping their homes warm this winter.
This means Blackpool residents could find themselves benefiting the most from switching energy providers.