Help with Fuel Costs
Home energy bills are one of the biggest expenses faced by many households. According to independent switching service uSwitch.com, the average fuel bill is currently £1,420 a year (2013), with every chance rising energy prices over the winter will increase bills further, leaving many UK households in ‘fuel poverty’.
As part of the Government’s strategy to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016, all energy suppliers have to offer vulnerable customers help with the high costs of gas and electricity.
To help their most vulnerable customers cope with the rising costs of gas and electricity, all energy providers have to offer SOCIAL TARIFFS.
You may qualify for a social tariff if you are over 60, on means-tested benefits, are living in fuel poverty or are on a low income.
For further information visit the uSwitch social tariff webpage.
Is there any other help available from the Government with my energy bills?
Yes, there is. If you are 60 years of age or over, you automatically qualify for a Winter Fuel Payment (a seasonal heating allowance) of between £150 to £300. This is not means tested and you don't need to be a pensioner to get it.
The Energy Saving Trust can give you more details about what grants may be available to you, while information about the Winter Fuel Payment and how you can apply for it can be found on DirectGov website .
The Home Heat Help is funded by energy suppliers and offers more advice about social tariffs and energy efficiency home improvement grants. You can call them free on 0800 33 66 99.
If you need further help and assistance contact our Energy and Climate Change Team on 01902 556789 or follow Energy Wise with Wolverhampton Homes on Facebook.
- Last Updated: Friday, 12 August 2016 14:14