Apply for a Winter Fuel Payment if you don't receive it automatically with your State Pension or benefits.
If you were born before 5 July 1953 and are usually resident in the UK, check to see if you're eligible. You can apply until 31 March 2016.
Check if you're eligible for the Warm Home Discount. If you receive Pension Credit, are on a low income or have a disability visit gov.uk to find out whether you could receive a £140 discount on your electricity bill.
If you're a private sector home owner or tenant looking for energy advice or assistance with improvements please phone private sector housing on 0800 052 2242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're worried about heating costs, consider switching energy provider using our free price comparison website.
Other ways to make your heating bill more affordable:
Can you predict your energy bill? If you don't know how much gas or electricity you're using, it's tempting to use as little as possible to make sure the bill doesn't get too much. Many energy suppliers will send you a free gadget that shows you how much energy you're using, so you can keep warm without worrying. Contact your supplier for more information.
Are you claiming all the benefits you're entitled to?
- if you look after another adult, such as a spouse, family member, friend or neighbour who wouldn't be able to manage their daily living without your help, you may be entitled to carers benefits. The Carers Centre can help you claim
- if you have children under 16, have a low income, are disabled or over 50 you may be entitled to financial support. The charity Turn2Us has a free and independent benefits checker on their website to help you see whether you're eligible and tells you how to claim. It doesn't carry out any personal checks, you simply answer questions and the website will tell you which benefits a person in your situation may be able to claim
Do you have debts?
Getting help with your repayments can help the rest of your bills feel more manageable.
Visit our money advice pages for more information on:
- Advice services to help with money, debt and benefits
- Money advice
- Help if you are struggling with fuel bills