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With an increase in the cost of energy bills lots of people are struggling to cover the cost of heating their homes. For older people it is important for their health to keep homes warm during the colder months.

If you’re worrying about how to afford your energy bills this winter our Information and Advice Service can provide practical advice on reducing your heating costs and can also check to see if you are eligible for certain benefits, grants and support available, and help you apply.                           

Winter Grant Scheme

Winter Grant Scheme - £50 grant for those living in financial hardship, to help with the cost of food, energy and water bills and other associated costs. Contact us to find out more.

Help with Heating Costs

Winter Fuel Payment An annual payment to help with heating costs.

Warm Home Discount A one-off payment for eligible customers to help those living on a low income or pension.

Cold Weather Payment Extra money for people receiving certain benefits during cold weather.

For more information on Energy Advice please visit the National Age UK website here

Help from your Energy Supplier

You can ask your energy supplier if you can go onto the Priority Services Register

You might be able to get extra help and support from your energy supplier by signing up to the Priority Services Register. You can sign up if you're a pensioner, disabled or sick, or if your energy network considers you 'vulnerable'.  Visit Ofgem for more information on eligibilty for this service. Click below...

Keeping Warm at Home this Winter

Living in a cold home can harm your health. It can make a range of health conditions worse, such as breathing and heart problems. It can also impact on your mental wellbeing. To find out how you can improve your energy efficiency, apply for the Winter Warm Check or to get help to apply for energy saving grants please visit Warm East Sussex.

Smart Meters

Smart meters are a new type of energy meter being offered to every household in England, Wales and Scotland. You don’t have to pay to have a smart meter installed. To find out more contact our Information and Advice Service or visit the Smart Energy GB website.

You can also find more information about smart meters on the UK Government Website at

For More Information

  • Telephone

    01273 476704

    Opening hours are:

    Monday to Wednesday 10am – 3pm

    For help outside these hours call the national Age UK help line on 0800 678 1602. Open 8am - 7pm, 365 days a year