Help and Support
There are many organisations and support services available to assist anyone who is struggling with their energy bills or needs help heating their home.
Below are a few services you may find useful:
The Warm Home Discount is an obligation by the big energy suppliers to provide financial help to vulnerable consumers. An eligible household will get a discount of £140 off their electricity bills between January and March 2016.
Householders wishing to enquire about the Warm Home Discount should contact their energy supplier directly.
The Priority Services Register
Signing up for the Priority Services Register brings a variety of support services to eligible households, such as getting a free gas appliance safety check, the relocation of a meter for improved access, quarterley meter readings, and priority assistance in the event of a power cut.
This service is available for customers who are:
- of pensionable age
- chronically ill
- living with a sight or hearing impairment
To ensure a household receives the additional services they need, they must contact both their energy supplier and their distributor for electricity, details of which can be found on a household’s electricity bill or by visiting www.nationalgrid.co.uk
If you live in the area in orange below, you should contact UK Power Networks (UKPN).
Complete the online application form here:
Raising a Complaint to Your Supplier
Before using the energy ombudsman you must first raise a complaint with the energy company and give it an opportunity to resolve the issue. If your complaint isn’t resolved in eight weeks or you receive a deadlock letter then you should contact the ombudsman.
For free, independent advice at any point during the complaints process, you can contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0300 330 9033 or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk/energy
Complaints to the Energy Ombudman
If you have an unresolved complaint about a gas or electricity company, the energy ombudsman can help. They are approved by the energy regulator Ofgem to independently handle disputes between energy companies and their customers, which includes domestic customers and micro businesses. The service is free to consumers and simple to use.
Who Is My Gas & Electricity Supplier?
If you have recently moved into a property and are not sure who your gas or electricity supplier is, you can find out by calling the following numbers (you may need your meter reference numbers to hand).
Gas: 0870 608 1524
Electricity: 0870 241 6332
MPAN and MPRN numbers are unique reference numbers for your electricity and gas supplies.
- MPAN stands for metering point administration number and relates to electricity. It’s also sometimes called a ‘supply number’ or ‘S number’.
- MPRN stands for meter point reference number and relates to your gas supply. It’s sometimes called an ‘M number’.