In the past, the advice has always been to look at switching energy providers to see if you can get a better deal. At the moment, with fuel prices so high, there are no real offers out there. When the situation changes, we will update this advice.
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On 26 May 2022, the Chancellor announced some additional help for households.
You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or mortgage support. Payments are made if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.
In 2021, the rate was £25 for each 7-day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.
To find out more go to Cold Weather Payment – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The Warm Home Discount is a one-off £140 deduction from your electricity bill between October and March. You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill, rather than your electricity bill, if your supplier provides both your gas and electricity.
Visit https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme to find out if you’re eligible and if your supplier supports this scheme.
Your broadband and mobile supplier might offer a discounted package – also known as “social tariff”. You could apply to it if you receive certain government benefits. Visit Ofcom to find out if your supplier offers this.
You could also access a discount in your water bills with Thames Water WaterHelp if you have a low household income. Visit Thames Water to find out more.