We've pulled all the information together you'll need into one place. This will help you understand what the scheme is and how it will work.
What is the Energy Bills Support Scheme?
This £400 energy bills discount has been set up by the government to help households across Great Britain as energy bills continue to rise, due to increasing energy costs.
The important stuff you need to know
- All households across Great Britain will receive a £400 discount which will be paid in 6 instalments from October
- The instalments will be paid out in various ways depending on how you pay for your energy
- Customers are not expected to pay back the £400 discount
- The first two discounts will be £66 followed by four payments of £67 from December until March 2023
- Your payments will automatically be paid so there is no need to call us
- The EBSS payment will be made regardless of the debit or credit on your account balance
- We'll let you know when an EBSS payment has been made, either with your next bill or statement
- If you change the way you pay for your energy during the next six months, the way you receive the discount will change too
- If you only have a gas account with EDF, payments will come from whoever supplies your electricity. Your electricity supplier may make payments in a different way
- Prepayment customers – Your vouchers will be sent in the post. ID will be required to redeem your vouchers. Full details, including expiry dates, will be provided when you receive the vouchers from the Post Office
You may be eligible for some additional cost of living support from the government.
A voucher will be sent in the post within the first two weeks of each month to redeem when you top-up at the Post Office®. Find your nearest Post Office. Please be aware that there are planned Royal Mail strikes, you can view the latest news on when these are.
You'll need your ID to redeem your vouchers. Full details, including expiry dates, will be provided when you receive the vouchers from the Post Office. You'll only be able to redeem the voucher for the customer living at the property if you're their carer or relative.
The vouchers will be valid for three months from the issue date, so we encourage you to use them within the period they're valid.
Your vouchers will be sent within the first two weeks of each month to redeem when you top-up at the Post Office®.
If you've lost your voucher or the name is incorrect, please fill out this form, we can then get this sorted for you asap.
Once you have your vouchers, take them to your nearest Post Office. Find your local Post Office.
You will need:
- Your ID
- Proof of address
If someone else is doing this for you, make sure they have your ID and voucher with them before they set off to the Post Office.
Budget Direct Debit (Monthly)
An automatic refund payment will be made within five working days of your normal payment date. This will be paid into the bank account your Direct Debit payments are taken from. Your monthly direct debit amount will not change.
- If you then switch to being a Cash Cheque customer your EBSS payment would switch to being a monthly credit applied to your energy account.
- If you change your direct debit bank account, we’ll credit the EBSS payment to your active bank account at the time of the payment.
- If we don't have your bank account details at the time of processing the EBSS payment, it will be credited to your energy account.
Cash/Cheque and Direct Debit Whole Amount
If you pay by Cash/Cheque or Direct Debit Whole Amount, an automatic credit to your energy account in the first week of each month.
EBSS general FAQs
What happens if I start a new contract after the start of the payments in October - do I still get all six payments?
Yes. When switiching, your October payment will be handled by your existing supplier and then the new supplier will handle payments going foward.
What happens if I change my energy supplier during the six month payment period?
If you're switching energy suppliers or moving home, don't worry, you won't miss out on your EBSS payment. Each month there will be a reconciliation between energy suppliers to make sure you keep getting payments from the provider who supplies you at the time. We recommend letting both suppliers know to ensure your get your payments on time.
What happens if I move during the six month payment period?
- If you've moved home and the account is live and in your name on the 1st of the month, then you are entitled to receive this credit.
- If you moved in after the 1st of the month, then you won't be able to claim credit for that month. But you can for all following months.
- If you've let us know you have moved home and you can't see the credit on your account, please contact us.
How will the EBSS affect me as a tenant?
- If the account is in your name, you will receive the payment.
- If energy costs are included in your rent, your landlord will receive the payment as the account is in their name.
How will the EBSS affect me as a landlord?
- If the account is in your name, you will receive the EBSS payment.
- If you're a landlord with multiple properties, you will receive an EBSS payment for each property if the accounts are in your name.
Can I make a claim for any missing months, if I start or leave the scheme after the start or before the end?
No, you'll only receive an EBSS payment if you have an active account at the time of payment, so you can't claim for missing months.
Will it automatically reduce my instalment plan balance or be used against any debts, or is that a choice?
No, if you've got an instalment plan or debt on the account, the credit will be applied to both your ongoing energy usage and the debt/instalment plan you have.
I have an existing dispute on the account over meters/addresses will I still get the payment?
Yes, all our domestic customers are receiving the EBSS grant in order to help with the cost of bills this winter.
What happens if I close my account in November - do I only get one payment?
Yes, when you close your account, you'll no longer be eligible for payments going forward.
Beware of any scams
We won't ever send your credit via email or SMS.
We've had a notification from Ofgem that there have been a high number of incidents raised with Action Fraud from customers receiving scam emails and text messages claiming to offer customers access to the Energy Bills Support Scheme. In the email or message, customers are asked to register their details.
See an example here of the email or text message.
If you've received one of these please don't click on any links, delete the email or message and report it. If you think your details have been compromised please report it.
If you’re worried about paying for your energy
We appreciate this is a really difficult time. We have lots of ways we can help you if you're struggling to pay. Options include:
- having a smart Pay As You Go meter installed can you manage your energy budget
- paying less, more often - if you currently pay your bills quarterly why not consider monthly payments by going to MyAccount
- extra support through our Priority Services, for those who need it
- how to access independent advice and support - visit our help centre
Other government schemes and benefits that may help
You may be eligible for certain grants and benefits if you:
- have reached state pension age
- have a disability
- have no income or a low income
- have missed payments to your energy supplier
Extra help with energy costs during the winter months
Cold Weather payment - Provides extra support for those who need it when the average temperature in your area you live is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over 7 consecutive days. You’ll get £25 for each 7-day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.
Winter Fuel Payment - If you were born on or before 26 September 1956 you could get between £150 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is a one-off annual payment that gets made automatically if you're eligible.
Helping to keep you out of debt
Third-party deductions or fuel direct payments - If you receive certain benefits, you can pay your energy bills or debt over time directly out of your benefits.
Extra support through the Household Support Fund - The government launched a £500m support fund in October 2021. Local councils were awarded extra funding to help customers through the winter. Anyone needing support should contact their local council who can help them access the fund. Read more about the funding and how it works.
Other services that can help you manage your energy and save
Join our customers who are cutting their usage and bills
It's important now, more than ever, to stay in control of your energy. With a smart meter and our free Energy Hub, you'll easily be able to track your energy usage and see where you can save so that you can lower your bills and your carbon footprint.
Smart benefits include:
- Upgrade your meter at no extra cost
- Receive more accurate bills, keep in control and view the cost of your energy
- Get a better idea of where you use energy in your home with Energy Hub(1)
- Save up to £82 with our free Energy Hub platform(2). Smart meter required
With energy bills rising - act now to help save you money this winter!
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Advice on what you can do at home to save energy
Read our tips on energy saving at home. Some of these are easy to do and completely free.
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