To help those who are either vulnerable, elderly or low incomes, the government has a number of grants and schemes available to ease the financial burden of energy costs. Some grants on offer are tailored towards people who generate their own energy through systems like solar panels and wind turbines.

Types of government schemes and grants

The type of grant you could receive depends on a number of factors including your age, income and the type of house you live in. Take a look at the most popular government gas and electricity schemes and see if you qualify. It’s worth noting here that you can apply for more than one grant and, any amounts you receive shouldn’t affect your benefits payments. The most common government energy schemes are:

  • Cold Weather Payment

  • Green Deal

  • Affordable Warmth Obligation

  • Warm Home Discount

  • Winter Fuel Payment

Cold Weather Payment

You may be able to apply for the Cold Weather Payment if you’re receiving Pension Credit, Universal Credit, Support for Mortgage Interest, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income Support. You’ll get a Cold Weather Payment of £25 if temperatures in your local area are zero degrees Celsius or below for 7 straight days.

Green Deal

The Green Deal provides aid for you to make energy-efficient improvements in and around your home. By making these adjustments, you should see significant savings on your energy bills. You’ll receive a finance plan (at a fixed interest rate) for adding features to your house, such as insulation, double glazing, draught-proofing and, for generating renewable energy. Find out more about the Green Deal.

Affordable Warmth Obligation

The Affordable Warmth Obligation helps with the cost of getting insulation fitted and/or replacing or repairing your faulty boiler. You can apply for the Affordable Warmth Obligation if you claim for certain benefits or live in social housing. You may also be eligible if you live in private housing i.e. own your own house or rent from a private landlord.

Warm Home Discount Scheme

Anyone eligible for the Warm Home Discount will get a one-off £140 discount off your electricity bill. If you qualify, a notification of the reduction will be sent to your supplier and the amount will be taken off your bill between September and March. If you use a pay-as-you-go meter then you may receive a voucher code for you to type in yourself. Get more information on the Warm Home Discount.

Winter Fuel Payment

This is a heating bill discount aimed at those born on or before 5 April 1954. Depending on the benefit you’re receiving, usually the State Pension, you’ll get between £100 and £300 to help towards your bills. The discount isn’t given automatically so you’ll have to apply for the Winter Fuel Payment in order to receive it. Discover more about the Winter Fuel Payment.

Are you eligible?

With all these great energy initiatives, you may be wondering, am I eligible? has an energy grants calculator you can use to see which ones you can apply for. New government schemes and grants are popping up all the time so it’s always a good idea to stay in the energy industry loop. Our section on government grants and money-off schemes has more detailed information on the schemes mentioned above and plenty more.

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