Energy Bills Support Scheme
The Energy Bills Support Scheme provides a £400 non-repayable discount to eligible households to help with their energy bills over winter 2022 to 2023.
The discount is automatic. If you get a message asking for your bank details, this could be a scam. You do not need to apply for the discount, and there’s no need to contact your energy supplier.
The discount will be applied to your monthly household electricity bill for 6 months starting in October 2022. You’ll get:
- £66 in October and November
- £67 in December, January, February and March
You’ll get the discount monthly, even if you pay for your energy quarterly or use a payment card.
Traditional prepayment meter users will get equivalent vouchers that you will need to redeem - see If you have a traditional prepayment meter for more information.
Your electricity supplier should provide more guidance on the scheme before it starts.
Further advice depending on your payment type can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/getting-the-energy-bills-support-scheme-discount
Energy Price Guarantee
The Government has introduced an Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) which will give people certainty with their bills. The EPG now applies and will discount the unit cost for gas and electricity use.
This measure is about capping the price per unit of gas and electricity.
Therefore, the average unit price will be limited to 34.0p/kWh for electricity and 10.3p/kWh for gas from October.
The headlines have stated that this measure will reduce the unit cost of electricity and gas so that a typical household in Great Britain pays, on average, around £2,500 a year on their energy bill, for the next 2 years, from 1 October 2022. HOWEVER – please not that this isn’t a ceiling – if you use more energy, then you will pay more money which could go above £2,500. This isn’t a cap on overall costs, but a cap on the unit price.
Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/energy-bills-support/energy-bills-support-factsheet-8-september-2022
Other targeted domestic bill support measures can be found here: https://helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk/help-with-your-bills/
Energy Bill Relief Scheme
This scheme will provide energy bill relief for non-domestic customers in Great Britain. Discounts will be applied to energy usage initially between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023.
The support will be automatically applied to all eligible bills. You do not need to take action or apply to the scheme.
The scheme will be available to everyone on a non-domestic contract including:
- voluntary sector organisations, such as charities
- public sector organisations such as schools, hospitals and care homes
- on existing fixed price contracts that were agreed on or after 1 April 2022
- signing new fixed price contracts
- on deemed / out of contract or variable tariffs
- on flexible purchase or similar contracts
The government will provide a discount on your gas and electricity unit prices. To calculate your discount, the estimated wholesale portion of the unit price you would be paying this winter will be compared to a baseline ‘government supported price’ which is lower than currently expected wholesale prices this winter.
For all non-domestic energy users in Great Britain this government supported price has been set at:
- £211 per megawatt hour (MWh) for electricity
- £75 per MWh for gas
More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/energy-bill-relief-scheme-help-for-businesses-and-other-non-domestic-customers