Click on links below for help and advice on saving energy and assistance with winter heating bills.

Government payments

Somerset Household Support Fund – short-term financial support up to £250 for households needing help with the cost of food, energy and other essentials (distributed by Citizens Advice: Taunton area covers Wiveliscombe, Ashbrittle, Bathealton, Chipstable, Fitzhead and Stawley; West Somerset covers Brompton Ralph, Clatworthy, Huish Champflower, Skilgate and Upton). Scheme runs until 31 March 2022.

Winter fuel payments – paid to those aged 65 or over and getting the State Pension or another social security benefit.

Warm Home Discount – electricity bill discount that can be claimed by those on certain benefits.

Cold Weather Payments – a payment of £25 made to eligible people if the average temperature drops below zero for seven days in a row.

Other advice and support

Safe and Warm Somerset – a range of advice and support with reducing energy bills and keeping warm at home.

Somerset Independence Plus – home improvements for disabled and vulnerable people, including repairs and improvements. As part of their services, SIP have had increasing involvement with energy schemes, including ECO and the Warm Homes Fund.

Green Homes Grant Scheme – energy efficiency and insulation grants for low income households in Somerset West and Taunton of up to £10,000 for owner occupiers and £5,000 for tenants, where the home has an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D or below.

Lendology energy efficiency loans – a social enterprise working with Somerset West and Taunton and other councils. Lendology can provide finance for all homeowners, including those who may be excluded from mainstream providers.

Somerset West and Taunton Council – saving energy advice and support, including for tenants and on getting an Energy Performance Certificate.

Centre for Sustainable Energy – a wide range of impartial home energy advice. Also see my advice on home energy improvements.

Simple Energy Advice – government endorsed website.

Smart meters – Free smart meters are very helpful in allowing you to see how much energy you are using, what it costs and which appliances, when turned on, add most to your energy use.

The Green Party wishes to see a lot more done to address fuel poverty and to assist all to have well insulated homes with zero carbon heating. Meanwhile, it is hoped the above provides assistance and that the support available will continue to build.

UPDATED: 7 January 2022

One thought on “Help with heating bills

  1. Thanks for this Dave. A great resume of what is available. I will send it on locally.

    Yours,

    Paul Musgrove

    Clerk to Stawley Parish Council

    The Shop, Appley Cross

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