Warming up for Less This Winter

November 25th, 2019


The Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT) – delivered by Scarf – is advising householders on the Warm Homes Discount Scheme and general energy efficiency advice to help them save money and stay warm this winter.

One of the most helpful steps is to apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

With the Warm Home Discount Scheme, low-income households, or those in receipt of benefits, can receive £140 towards their electricity bill.

The £140 is not paid to the householder directly, but is a one-off discount on electricity bills sometime between September 2019 and March 2020.

The discount is not related to any Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment that may be received already and is also available for those who have an electric prepayment meter.

HEAT Energy Advisor, Sean, explains further: “When you receive the discount depends on when you apply and which energy supplier you are with.

“What we can do is help people access the scheme, to find out whether they qualify and, if they do, take them through the application process.

“If they are eligible, the Warm Home Discount Scheme is something we strongly encourage householders to apply for to help them with their fuel bills. It can really make a difference.

“The number of discounts offered are limited, so please contact us as soon as possible.”

HEAT advisors offer free advice and support to help householders find out if they qualify for the scheme and guide them through the application process.

There are other free and low-cost measures to help people use less energy, spending less money in the process.

Sean: “A lot of the advice might sound like common sense or even seem quite silly but small changes can add up to big savings.”

They include:

  • Keeping physically active
  • Re-using heat eg from your oven after cooking
  • Draughtproofing around doors, windows and loft hatches
  • Only use what you need and when by setting your heating controls
  • Having warm food and drink
  • Wearing more layers of thicker clothing

All year round, HEAT offers free and impartial information and advice on a variety of energy and money saving topics including:

  • Switching supplier and/or tariff
  • Fuel debt
  • Insulation and draughtproofing
  • Damp and condensation

You can also arrange a free home visit, offering heating system demonstrations and further in-home, in-depth advice.

There are plenty of ways to reach out to the Home Energy Advice Team. You can call freephone 0808 129 0888 or email heat@scarf.org.uk. They are also available on Facebook and Twitter.