Helping you with the cost of living
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.
- Visit Energy Saving Trust to find out how you can save money on your energy bills
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.
- Find out more and apply for 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.
- Get advice from Warm Homes Essex
- Contact the Citizens Advice Warm Homes team on 0300 3033 789
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.
- Visit the Essex Libraries website to find out more about what your local library is doing, or to sign up to be a Warm Welcomes volunteer.
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.
- Find out more and apply for the Winter Warmth and Welcome Spaces Fund on the Essex Association of Local Councils' website.
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.
- Visit the Ofgem website to find out more about the Priority Services Register and who is eligible.