Warm home discount scheme

The Warm Home Discount Scheme

The Warm Home Discount scheme is a programme run by the government and large energy suppliers to help households living in or at risk of fuel poverty. 

The scheme launched in April 2011 as a means to give vulnerable households money off their energy bills. 

It was initially due to run until the end of 2016 but has now been extended to 2021.

Why Does Ecotricity Not Participate in the Warm Home Discount?

Participation in the scheme is mandatory for energy companies with over 250,000 customers. At the cut-off date for participation in the 2017 payments, we had around 200,000 customers - so we’re not currently obliged to participate.

However, as soon as we reach 250,000 customers, we’ll of course take part.

In the meantime, we think that there are better ways to approach fuel poverty in Britain – better and greener ways.

The money deployed through the Warm Home Discount Scheme could make a far greater difference to fuel poverty and do so sustainably, if it were used to build new sources of green energy - and if those who qualified received energy from that new, sustainable power supply.

The £3 billion Warm Home Discount budget provides £140 a year to around 2.3 million homes.

If that same money were invested in building windmills, we could provide vulnerable households with free green energy. It would give the same annual benefit to even more homes, but do so for the 25 year lifespan of the windmill, not just the ten years that the Warm Home Discount scheme would run for. That’s over double the benefit from the same money.

 For more details on the Warm Home Discount Scheme, visit the government’s website here.

How to Get Help if You’re Struggling to Pay Your Energy Bills

If you’re finding it difficult to pay your energy bills, the best thing to do is to get in touch with us as early as you can on 0345 555 7 100. We’ll do everything we can to make paying your bill as easy as possible for you.

You can find more details on how to get help paying your bills here.