What is the Warm Home Discount?

The government and energy suppliers are running a scheme to help those at risk from fuel poverty in England, Scotland and Wales get a rebate from their electricity bill.

If you are eligible, the Warm Home Discount will offer you a benefit of £140 (inclusive of VAT) against your electricity bill in 2020/21.

How does the Warm Home Discount work?

As a leading energy company, we understand the effect rising prices can have on customers who may need additional support.

The Warm Home Discount scheme is there to help people who may be struggling to keep up with their energy payments. It provides an annual rebate to the electricity bills of UK homes that could be at risk of fuel poverty.

Some customers, known as the Core Group, are automatically entitled to a rebate under the government scheme. Others, known as the Broader Group, are entitled to a rebate if they get certain benefits, like Income Support, or meet other criteria, such as having a low household income.

Am I eligible for the Warm Home Discount?

Some customers are automatically entitled to the Warm Home Discount and will be contacted by the government directly.

But even if your circumstances mean you’re not in this Core Group, we still want to help. Check to see if you fall into the Broader Group below, as you may still qualify for a Warm Home Discount.

You may be part of the Core Group if on the qualifying date you were getting the:

  • Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit as well)

If you are, the Department for Work and Pensions will contact you directly over the winter of 2020/21.

If you haven’t been contacted by the end of December 2020, but think you do you qualify, you should call the government’s Warm Home Discount phone line on 0800 7310214, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The criteria has been updated. Please check below if you are eligible for npower’s Broader Group Warm Home Discount:

Not receiving the Guarantee element of Pension Credit on 5 July 2020 and either:

  1. Born on or before 31 March 1955 and in receipt of Council Tax Reduction for low income (25% single persons occupancy reduction is not eligible)
  2. In receipt of the Savings Element of Pension Credit only

Child Tax Credit:

  1. Child Tax Credit (or the Universal Credit equivalent) with a total household annual income of £16,190 or less (excluding Working Tax Credit)

Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, with any of the following:

  1. A disability or pensioner premium
  2. Disabled child premium
  3. Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  4. A child under 5 living with you
  5. Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment (DLA/PIP alone is not a qualifying benefit)
  6. Maternity Exemption Certificate (MATEX) or Medical Exemption Certificate (MEDEX) certificate

Working Tax credit with a relevant income of £16,190 or less with either of the following:

  • Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment or disability element
  • Maternity Exemption Certificate (MATEX) or Medical Exemption Certificate (MEDEX) certificate

Universal Credit with monthly net earnings not exceeding £1,349 with either of the following:

  • Limited capability for work element (with or without a work-related activity element) OR Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment (DLA/PIP alone is not a qualifying benefit)
  • A child element (with or without the disabled child element)

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance:

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (contribution based employment and support allowance is not a qualifying benefit)

How to apply for the Warm Home Discount

If you’re in the Core Group you won’t need to do anything to apply. But for the Broader Group rebate you will need to apply online.

Apply for a Warm Home Discount online

Alternatively, you could call on 0800 073 3000 or 0330 100 3000 (Speech or hearing impaired customers can put 18001 in front of our phone number to use text relay at no extra cost. You can find out more on the Relay UK website). Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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You’ll need to provide us with a declaration that you meet the Warm Home Discount eligibility criteria that we’ve mentioned above, and you may also need to give us written evidence before you can get your rebate.

Make sure you apply as early as you can, because the scheme may close once we have reached the limit of people we can help each year.

Do I need to apply for the Warm Home Discount scheme every year?

Yes, you need to reapply each year and you’ll also need to provide us with another declaration if you are in the Broader Group.

How will I find out if my Warm Home Discount application has been successful?

You will either receive confirmation as part of completing the application or a confirmation by email or in writing.

When is the Warm Home Discount paid?

The rebate should be applied to your bill (or sent as a voucher if you are a prepayment customer) by the end of March 2021.

How will I receive my discount?

Prepayment customers - As a prepayment customer, you will receive your £140 rebate as a Post Office voucher, which you can then take to any branch of the Post Office and use to top-up your prepayment key.

Credit customers - You will receive your £140 discount as a line item on your bill. If you receive a bill close to the payment period during March or April 2021 which doesn't show your rebate you will receive it on your following bill.

I don’t qualify for the Warm Home Discount. How else can npower help?

Even if you don't qualify for the Warm Home Discount, there are still ways npower can help you with your energy costs. We offer a wide range of programmes for customers who need support, from bespoke payment terms and debt relief, to free energy saving products and safety checks.

The npower Energy Fund is there to help people who are struggling to pay their bills to regain a hold on their finances. It offers grants to our domestic customers to help them clear gas and electricity arrears.

Find out more about the Priority Services we offer.