£50m of free energy-saving cash goes unclaimed Many are missing out despite energy bill worries

13 September 2012

Millions of pounds of government help available for paying for energy-saving home improvements isn't being claimed.

According to Consumer Focus, despite 39% of households admitting being concerned about paying bills - and a further six million people planning to cut back on energy bills this winter - money available through the government's Warm Front scheme isn't being claimed. 

The Warm Front scheme provides heating and insulation improvements to households on certain income-related benefits living in properties that are poorly insulated and/or do not have a working central heating system.

Qualifying households can get improvements worth up to £3,500 (£6,000 where oil central heating and other alternative technologies are recommended) and you won’t have to pay anything as long as the work doesn’t cost more than the grant. 

Our online guide to guide to energy grants reveals full details of Warm Front and other money-saving energy schemes you may be able to apply for.

Energy bills

Consumers have told us that energy costs are one of their top financial concerns. With so many worrying about paying their bills this winter it's vital to check if you are eligible for financial help. 

The Warm Front scheme - which can help you pay for money-saving improvements such as loft insulation, cavity wall insulation or a new boiler - was revealed to have underspent by more than £50 million over the last year.

It's not the only scheme that offers money-saving energy help either, which is why Which? has put together a guide to the energy grants, incentives and discounts available. Some deals, such as many offering free or discounted insulation, are open to everyone, regardless of income or circumstances.

Cutting energy bills

As well as seeing what you are entitled to, there are other small changes you can make to cut your energy bills this winter. 

  • Switch energy supplier - compare energy prices using Which? switch
  • Install energy-saving light bulbs - save up to £45 a year.
  • Add draught excluders to windows, doors, pipes and loft hatches - save £25 a year.
  • Turn your thermostat down by one degree - cut 10% from your heating bills.

Take a look at our full guide to cutting your energy costs for tips and advice on how to make changes.

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