With energy bills continuing to rise, Age UK B&NES is urging residents across the area to check whether they are eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
The Government-led scheme saves eligible households £140 off their energy bill each year.
The charity is concerned that for some, the rising prices could mean choosing between heating or eating and is encouraging older people to take advantage of their free benefit check, which saves households vital money each year.
Information & Advice Manager, Gill Adams said: “We know that affording to heat your home through Autumn and Winter is often a worry for people.
“With price rises, it is likely that everyone is going to feel the pinch, meaning that people on low incomes could really struggle.
“We help hundreds of people a year save money on their energy bills and would really encourage people over 65 to give us a call and see if they could be saving – many people do not even realise they are eligible!”
The Warm Home Discount Scheme is different to the Winter Fuel Allowance, which all people of pension age receive.
It is a one-off payment of £140 paid through your supplier, taking money off your electricity bill. Pre-payment meters and pay as you go meters are also included.
If you receive pension credit or are on a low income, you could be eligible.
I & A Manager, Gill Adams continued: “Everyone deserves to live in a warm home that can be affordably heated and whilst there are a great many ways to save energy, ultimately, if you are struggling to pay a bill or keep up payments it is your energy companies duty to help.”
Age UK Bath & North East Somerset’s Information and Advice Team can be contacted on 01225 466135 or [email protected]