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

Government payments

Energy Bills Rebate – Announced on 3 February 2022, the government is giving a £200 discount on domestic electricity bills in the Autumn, which will then be paid back automatically over the next 5 years. There will also be a £150 non-repayable Council Tax rebate payment for households liable for Council Tax in Bands A-D in England, and a small discretionary fund administered by local authorities for others needing support but not eligible for the Council Tax rebate. Click for local information on the £150 rebate.

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.

Somerset Household Support Fund – This fund is now closed, but is expected to be relaunched with further Government funding from April. Other emergency support may be available now. Also see debt advice.

Other advice and support

Council debt advice – Help if you are struggling to pay bills.

Money Saving Expert – What to do if you’re struggling to pay your energy bills.

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

Green Homes Grant Scheme (available to end of March 2022)- 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.

Home Upgrade Grant Scheme (HUGs) – Somerset Independence Plus with Somerset Councils has successfully bid for over £1.5m to improve household insulation for up to 4,300 low-income, off-gas grid households in Somerset from 2022 to 2025. Grants will pay for measures such as wall and roof insulation as well as new low-carbon heating systems, thermostats and room heating controls. Apply by calling the Centre for Sustainable Energy’s advice line 0800 082 2234 or email home.energy@cse.org.uk

Somerset Retrofit Accelerator Project – Discounted Home Retrofit Plans are available to 50 households in Somerset, starting from £50 for an introductory guide and from £100 for a detailed survey and report. Plans will be based on needs, aspirations and budget. Apply to Futureproof.

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.

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 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: 23 March 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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