Helping you with the cost of living

Support is available if you are worried about or struggling with rising costs.

Energy costs

The 'Warm Home Discount Scheme' is a one off discount of £150 for those on a low income who use the same supplier for their gas and electricity.

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

Cut your energy costs

There are multiple schemes that can help you to cut your energy costs. This includes the Essex Energy Switch and group buying schemes for oil and solar panels.

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.

Ofgem has a dedicated page offering energy advice for households. This includes information on suppliers, energy bills, meters and the energy price cap. They also suggest ways to save energy and reduce your bills.

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.