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Blog Post 5 April 2022

How can I get £400 off my electricity bills from October?

Energy bills have gone up by around 50% for millions of households in Great Britain. The average home will now have to pay an extra £700 for their energy each year.

With bills expected to increase again later this year, the UK Government is offering households in Great Britain a £400 grant towards their electricity bills from October, as part of package of support to help people deal with rising energy costs.

The grant is known as the Energy Bills Support Scheme and it will not need to be repaid. Here’s everything you need to know about how it will work.

Who will get the £400 grant?

Every household with a domestic connection to the electricity grid in England, Scotland and Wales is eligible for the £400 grant. You don’t need to contact your energy supplier about the grant. The Northern Ireland Executive will be given funding to provide similar support to households in Northern Ireland.

How can I apply for the grant?

You don’t need to apply for the grant. In most cases, electricity suppliers will automatically apply the reduction to eligible households from October.

The government has said that there may be several factors affecting how you receive the grant, such as how you pay for your energy (eg by direct debit or pre-payment meter). However, all households with a domestic electricity meter should receive the £400 reduction.

Is it a loan that I have to pay back?

The £400 is grant, not a loan, so will not need to be repaid.

Will I get the £400 grant if I’m on a traditional pre-payment meter?

Yes. Previous schemes have used vouchers to help cover the costs for those on pre-payment meters. The government has said that all households who pay for their electricity in this way will get the grant.

What happens if I change my payment method or tariff, or if my supplier goes bust?

The government has said that while it’s still designing the scheme, it will make sure that customers who switch payment methods, or whose energy supplier goes bust, will not be penalised.

What happens if I move house or switch energy supplier?

All energy suppliers will apply the £400 reduction to bills from October.

The £400 doesn’t cover the whole increase, where can I get more help to pay my energy bills?

While the £400 grant will help cover some of the increase, we know that many people will struggle to pay their energy bills given the steep price rises.

Our top tips could help you save up to £375 a year on your bills and there’s additional help available, wherever you are in the UK.

England

In England, visit the UK Government website to find out if you’re eligible for financial support, including the Warm Homes DiscountCold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.

Wales

In Wales, please call the Nest scheme on 0808 808 2244 or visit the Welsh Government’s Nest website.

Scotland

If you live in Scotland, please get in touch with Home Energy Scotland online or by calling 0808 808 2282.

Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme can help eligible households install energy efficiency measures. You could also be eligible for the Affordable Warmth scheme.

I don’t need the grant – can I opt out?

All households with a domestic electricity connection will automatically get the £400 grant from October. To ensure the scheme is simple to deliver, the government has not offered an opt-out option.

Last updated: 7 June 2022