It is important to let your energy provider know that you or someone you live with has pulmonary hypertension. Suppliers should provide extra support to those classed as vulnerable, and making sure you are on the Priority Services Register is the first step.
Government support for energy bills
It was announced in the Spring Budget (March 2023) that the Government’s Energy Price Guarantee will continue until July 2023, despite the £400 winter discount having ended in March.
This means that if you live in England, Scotland or Wales, energy bills for a typical household will be limited to £2,500 a year.
Energy is regulated separately in Northern Ireland, where bills will be held at £1,950 per year for an average household.
How to save money on your gas and electricity
Citizens Advice have this list of simple ways to spend less on energy bills – which doesn’t include turning your heating off!
Utility Warehouse project helps customers who may be experiencing or at risk of fuel poverty or are in financial hardship. Advisers and caseworkers provide holistic debt advice, including income maximisation, budgeting, benefit eligibility, and energy efficiency. They can advise on eligibility and support with applications for a one-off payment of £150 (financial assistance scheme) or debt write-off through the Utility Warehouse Customer Support Scheme. To apply for support, call Utility Warehouse on 0333 777 0777.
If your supplier isn’t listed, it’s a good idea to contact them directly to see what extra support they can give you.
Citizens Advice provide information regarding energy costs and support available.
The WaterSure scheme allows certain water users to have their bills capped, if on a water meter and someone in the home has a medical condition which requires a significant use of water.
If you can’t afford to top up your prepayment meter, you can ask your local council or food bank for a fuel voucher and they may be able to provide one. This is a code given to you in a letter or in a text message or email, which you can use at a PayPoint shop, Payzone shop or Post Office to add credit to your gas card or electricity key.
Support for energy bills in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Nest offers a range of free, impartial advice and, if you are eligible, a package of free home energy efficiency improvements such as a new boiler, central heating, insulation.