Helping you with the cost of living

Energy costs

From 1 October, a new ‘Energy Price Guarantee’ means a typical UK household will pay no more than £2,500 a year on their energy bill. The Energy Price Guarantee will be in place until April 2023.

A £400 government grant for all domestic energy customers will appear as a credit from energy suppliers from October 2022 onwards. This is known as the Energy Bill Support Scheme.

You can save money on your energy bills by reducing the amount of energy you use.

Funding for energy efficient improvements

If you're an Essex homeowner with a household income below £30,000, you may be eligible for £10,000 funding to make energy efficient improvements to your home through the Sustainable Warmth Scheme.

Get specialist advice

You could get help from a specialist energy advisor if you are finding it hard to pay energy bills or have debts with energy suppliers. They might be able to help you get a grant to improve your home's energy efficiency.

Warm spaces in your local community

Essex Libraries are hosting the Warm Welcomes scheme to encourage people to use their local libraries this winter. As well as providing a safe place to keep warm libraries will be offering hot drinks, social spaces, and a range of activities such as cooking demonstrations and homework clubs.

The Winter Warmth and Warm Spaces Fund also aims to support more warm and welcoming spaces for residents this winter. Organisations including charities and community groups can apply for a grant of up to £1000 to help create and maintain these spaces.

Get extra help from your energy supplier

All energy suppliers and network operators keep a Priority Services Register. This is a free service to make sure that extra help is available for people in vulnerable situations.

You can register if you are of pension age, have a disability or medical condition, are pregnant or have young children.

Help can include advance notice of planned power cuts or priority support in an emergency.

You need to contact your energy supplier and ask to be added to the Priority Services Register.

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