Choices 4 Energy

An exciting initiative to support 'fuel poor' households in the borough.

Choices4Energy is now part of the Home Improvement Agency

Choices 4 Energy is an energy efficiency advice centre set up to provide advice on how residents of the borough can save money on their energy bills.

Take our survey and let us know how we're doing.

Collective Energy Switching

To help you get a better deal on their energy bills we are working with switching partner iChoosr, who run many energy switching schemes across the country.  Find out more about energy switching.

Warm Home Discount Scheme

One-off grants are available to families and individuals on low incomes in the run up to winter.

All major energy companies are required by the Government to take part in the Warm Home Discount Scheme, which gives eligible customers a one-off grant towards their electricity bill or prepayment meter during the winter. 

Schemes are set to open from around August and the payment is expected to remain the same as previous years at £140.

Families on low incomes or benefits are encouraged to get ahead of the queue and register their interest now with the support of the Warm and Well in North Yorkshire project, which seeks to raise awareness of cold homes.

Although criteria for the grant vary according to the energy supplier, generally customers qualify automatically if they are in receipt of the Guarantee element of Pension Credit. 

Households might also be eligible for the payment if they receive certain means-tested benefits or have an annual income of less than £16, 190 and there is a child under five, someone with a disability, or someone elderly living at the property. In this case, residents have to apply for the £140.

Customers can either apply online via their electricity supplier or call them up.  It's a good idea to get in quickly as some schemes are first-come first-served and they will close the scheme when they have reached their maximum number of applicants.

Apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

Priority Services Register for older and disabled people

If you sign up to your supplier’s Priority Services Register (PSR), you can get extra help and support with your energy supply.

You can sign up if you’re:

  • a pensioner
  • disabled or chronically sick
  • have a hearing or visual impairment

Find out more about the Priority Service Register at citizensadvice.org.uk.

Oil buying cooperatives

Scarborough Borough Council in partnership with Ryedale District Council through Choices4Energy is delivering oil buying cooperatives across the two districts. Find out more about oil buying cooperatives.

Gas Safe Charity Grants Scheme

This Charity Grants Scheme provides preventative services that directly address the risks of death, injuries and illness caused by dangerous gas work and appliances and the promotion of gas safety awareness. Find out more about the gas safe grants.

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