Millions due financial help towards their winter energy bills

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Even with Government intervention and a price cap on how much energy can be charged per KWH unit, energy bills are still around twice as expensive as they were this time last year.  It means it’s going to be a bleak winter for many cash-strapped families, but there is help available.

According to Ofgem, the average household in the UK has 2.4 people living in it and uses 2,900 kWh of electricity and 12,000 kWh of gas each year.

Soaring energy prices mean the typical household in the UK will spend around £2,500 on its energy bills this year following the October 1 price cap.

However, there’s no guarantee people won’t pay more than this – bills could surpass £2,500 for households if they use a lot of energy.

As the cold weather draws nearer, many people are vowing not to put the heating on but there is help available.

Eon, EDF and Ovo customers could get cash grants towards their energy bills worth hundreds of pounds if they can prove they are on a low income or struggling financially. 

This is on top of the £150 Warm Home Discount paid to customers who are on certain means tested benefits before the end of April.

Cold weather payments of £25 are made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to people on certain benefits every time the temperature drops, or is predicted to fall, below zero for seven consecutive days.

The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from November 1 to March 31 every year and pays those on means tested benefits £25 for every week of extreme cold weather.

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In addition, Winter Fuel Payments between £100 and £300 are also made to pensioner households during the winter.

People under 80 years old should get £200 while those over 80 will receive a payment of £300.

The winter fuel payment will be made available to households that include someone born on or before September 25, 1956.

This year, the Government will give around eight million pensioners an extra £300 to help with the cost of living crisis.

ScottishPower, SSE and Utility Warehouse customers can also apply for help including cash grants to pay their energy bills.

ScottishPower customers can apply for its Hardship Fund if they receive an eligible benefit like Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Pension Credit or Employment and Support Allowance.

SSE and Utility Warehouse don’t have hardship funds as such but have urged customers to get in touch if they are experiencing financial difficulties.

Meanwhile, Octopus Energy customers could request a free electric blanket to help them stay warm while keeping energy usage lower this winter.

Britons have been sharing simple swaps they are making to save on energy bills this year.

For example, an electric drying rack costs 12 pence for 45 minutes in comparison to the tumble dryer which costs £1.56 for an hour.

The biggest energy guzzlers tend to be central heating, tumble dryers and electric ovens. has compiled an extensive list of how much each appliance in your home costs to use – from the kettle to the oven.

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