Help with heating and energy bills
Helplines and schemes that can give you advice on saving energy and managing bills.
If you’re on a low income, you could get payments to help with the cost of heating your home.
Free advice from Bucks Affordable Warmth
Bucks Affordable Warmth provide free impartial advice on:
- Energy-saving tips
- Heating systems; including any financial assistance for upgrades or replacements
- Eligibility for a free boiler
- Insulation; loft, cavity wall and solid wall
- Fuel debt advice
- Switching energy suppliers
Cold Weather Payment scheme
If you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest, you may get Cold Weather Payments to help with the cost of energy bills when the temperature gets very low.
You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.
You’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.
Cold Weather Payments are usually paid automatically if you’re eligible but you may sometimes you may need to speak to your local Jobcentre Plus.
Places with more information
A guide by Citizen Advice on grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills.
Tips by Which? on saving energy.
Collective switching is where a group of consumers join together to negotiate a better deal with gas and electricity suppliers. It’s free to join and you don’t have to accept the winning offer.