Martin Lewis urges energy customers to apply for £140 warm home discount program before it closes

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During the latest edition of his weekly consumer television show, Martin Lewis encouraged homeowners who receive gas and electricity from three energy companies to claim the Warm Home Discount program.

Martin told viewers of The Money Show Live: “Are you a customer of Bulb, E.on or So Energy? Their Warm Home discounts are still open, it’s £140 for low income people.”

He also explained that people of a certain age instantly qualify for the UK government-backed scheme. He said, “If you have the Guaranteed Credit element of the Pension Credit, you get it automatically, you don’t need to apply, but the broader group does need to apply.”

The financial guru added that eligibility for savings varies by provider and generally applies to people with resource-based benefits, including Job Search Allowance, Universal Credit and Income Support. .

He also shared that customers of Together Energy and Bristol Energy, which went bankrupt last week, will move to British Gas with the price cap rate.

Am I eligible for the Warm Home discount?

There are two ways to qualify for the Warm Home discount program:

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

Prepaid or prepaid meters

You may still qualify for the discount if you use a prepaid or pay-as-you-go electricity meter.

Your electricity provider can tell you how you’ll get the discount if you’re eligible, for example a coupon you can use to top up your meter.

How to apply

Your electricity provider decides who can get the discount.

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The number of discounts providers can offer is limited. Check with your provider as soon as possible to see if you are eligible and how to apply; check with them even if you were eligible for a discount last year.

Your electricity provider will apply the discount to your bill before March 31, 2022.

Energy providers participating in the program

Below is the list of current energy providers participating in the Warm Home Discount program; however this is subject to change but the latest list can be found on the GOV.UK website here.

  • affect energy
  • Atlantic
  • Increase
  • Bristol Energy – only if eligible for ‘core group’
  • british gas
  • British Gas Evolve (formerly British Gas X)
  • Bulb Energy – The UK government is bailing out Bulb
  • cooperative energy
  • E (Gas and Electricity)
  • EON
  • E.ON Next
  • ebic
  • Ecotricity: only if eligible for the ‘core group’
  • EDF energy
  • ESb Energy
  • Green Energy UK (GEUK)
  • power of london
  • M&S Energy
  • nabuh energy
  • octopus energy
  • outperform the market
  • IS
  • rebel energy
  • Sainsbury’s Energy
  • scottish petrol
  • scottish hydroelectric
  • scottish power
  • Shell Energy Retail
  • then energy
  • southern electric
  • SSE
  • swalec
  • Utility
  • utility warehouse

The following providers were part of the scheme but are no longer trading:

  • avro energy
  • bristol energy
  • Green: ‘core group’ only
  • Igloo Energy: ‘core group’ only
  • people energy
  • pure planet
  • Together Energy
  • utility point

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If your energy provider is no longer listed

If the electricity provider you were with goes out of business, you may still be eligible for a Hogar Cálido Discount – Ofgem will appoint your new provider for you.

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