Extra help to manage your energy supply
We offer free support services if you, or someone you live with, needs help to manage your energy supply over winter. Some of the services we offer include:
Support during emergencies and power cuts
We work with your local energy network operator to provide extra support that’s right for you. For example giving you advance notice of planned power cuts, or arranging heating or cooking equipment if you have a power cut.
Nominate someone to help you manage your account
If you’re unwell, need to self-isolate, or need help to manage your account with us, you can nominate a friend, family member or carer to manage your energy for you.
The Warm Home Discount
The Warm Home Discount is a one off payment of £140 towards your winter electricity bills. You might be eligible for the payment if you’re either:
• getting the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit
• on a low income
Applications are open for winter 2021 to 2022. They're processed on a first come, first served basis.
You can find out more about the Warm Home Discount in our Help Centre.
Help if you’re struggling to pay for your energy
If you're facing financial difficulties and you might have trouble paying for your energy, let us know and we'll see how we can help. Whether that’s by reducing payments while you’re not working, finding a better payment method, or sharing tailored advice on ways to reduce your energy bills.
Keeping your meter topped up
If you have a top up (prepay) meter, there are some steps you can take in case you feel unwell or need to self-isolate.
To make sure your energy supply isn't affected:
• think about topping up your energy meter more than you usually would, each time you top up
• make a list of friends and family who live nearby and could top up your key or card for you
• if your meter is outside, leave your meter box unlocked if it's safe to do so, so someone else can top it up for you
If you need someone to top up for you, share our guide on how to top up a meter for someone else.
Checking your gas appliances
If you own your home, it’s a good idea to book a gas safety check every year. The Gas Safe Register has a list of qualified engineers, who’ll check if your gas appliances (like your boiler and your oven) are working as they should be. The cost of a gas safety check starts at around £45.
You may be eligible for free gas safety checks if you own your home, you get certain means-tested benefits and your household situation qualifies. Check if you’re eligible and apply for free gas safety checks.
You might consider a boiler care plan, too. Hometree offers boiler care from £12.95 a month, including an annual boiler service. And there's a reward for Bulb members who sign up.
Other support available for our members
Funding for home improvements
If you’re receiving certain benefits, you may be eligible for funding to insulate your home or replace your boiler. Find out about the Energy Company Obligation scheme.
Get your home ready for the winter
The typical British home uses most of its energy on heating. So we've put together some low-cost tips to save on your energy bills while staying toasty indoors.