Oh the weather outside is frightful…
We understand that as the days get colder and darker, it can be more challenging to cover the cost of your electricity and gas. There are a few ways Bulb can support you in this more difficult period so if you’re looking for some extra help, please take a look below.
Warm Home Discount
The Warm Home Discount is a government scheme to help you with your energy bills over the winter period. You’re given £140, either as credit to your Bulb account or through a Post Office voucher if you have prepayment meters. And we’ve now opened our form to register your interest
Core Group - you receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit and so you don’t need to apply. You’ll receive this automatically.
Broader Group - you’re low income and meet Bulb’s criteria for the scheme
When can I apply?
Broader Group applications for winter 2020/2021 open in autumn 2020. You can register your interest now and we’ll email you when applications open.
All members can register their interest from now until applications open. The Warm Home Discount is first come first served.
Read more here.
Priority Services Register
We can offer additional support services to those on our Priority Services Register. These include priority reconnection after a power cut and quarterly meter readings for those that have trouble accessing their meter.
If you have any vulnerabilities or special circumstances at your property, it’s really helpful for us to have this information on your account, even if you’d rather not opt for the additional support services. Vulnerabilities can be anything from having a child under 5 at the property to having a physical or mental impairment.
You can sign up here.
If you’re having trouble paying for your energy, if you have a debt with us, or if you get certain benefits, you can apply for Fuel Direct. This is a government scheme that arranges for your energy bills to be paid directly out of benefit payments.
The benefits that can be used are:
- Universal Credit
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
If you’re struggling with debt on your account or keeping up with payments/top ups, it’s really important to seek help. You can always speak to us and we can support you in applying for some of the schemes mentioned above.
Energy Saving Advice
Being mindful of your energy usage is one of the best ways to save money, particularly over winter. We’ve included some information below
Simple Energy Advice is a government-certified website that serves as a good first port of call for energy saving advice
- LEAP, The Energy and Money Saving Service - You could be eligible for a free home assessment, find out more here: https://applyforleap.org.uk/
- Find out how your home ranks in terms of energy efficiency
These articles from our help site also give simple helpful tips on saving energy:
- You can look up more info on free impartial advice in this link
- And you can read more on how to save energy on your heating in this link
Equally we have some guides on the best energy saving practices:
Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
Much like the Warm Home Discount, the Energy Company Obligation (or ECO) scheme is a government initiative to help reduce a household’s energy costs.
The ECO scheme is awarded as a grant to a household to cover the cost of improvements that increase fuel efficiency, such as new insulation and/or boiler replacements. By making a home more fuel efficient, it feels warmer in the winter, and takes less energy to heat, which helps to save you money.
Anyone in receipt of certain means tested benefits is eligible for ECO funding. You can check if you’re eligible here.
Unfortunately, just having an eligible benefit doesn’t mean you can receive a grant. We’d recommend you visit our friends at myecohome.org to see if you qualify.
If you do qualify, they’ll help take you through the next steps in booking a survey followed by the installation of the home improvement.
If you’ve got any further questions about this then by all means hit us up below