About Bulb's Energy Fund

Update, October 2021: Applications for the Bulb Energy Fund are now closed. More debt advice appointments will be available when the fund reopens in Spring 2022.

If you applied for the Bulb Energy Fund between April and July 2021

Citizens Advice Plymouth will contact you between August and December. There is no need to contact them directly, or to apply again. We're processing applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you registered your interest in the Bulb Energy Fund between August and September 2021

Registering your interest in the Bulb Energy Fund does not guarantee an appointment with Citizens Advice Plymouth. When spaces become available, they will contact you between January and March 2022. There is no need to contact them directly. Appointments are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

About Bulb's Energy Fund

Our Energy Fund offers advice and financial support to eligible members who need help with their energy costs. 

We’ve partnered with Citizens Advice Plymouth, an organisation that specialises in supporting people with energy debt. The Energy Fund is available to our members across the country, not just in Plymouth.

Find out:


What help the Energy Fund offers

If you are eligible, we’ll put you in touch with Citizens Advice Plymouth. They can give you advice on budgeting, managing debt, and saving energy, as well as the benefits you might be entitled to.

Depending on your circumstances, we may also be able to:

  • offer you a £140 grant
  • write off your energy debts up to £2,000
  • offer you energy efficient appliances


Eligibility

As well as energy saving advice, you may also be eligible for extra support from Bulb’s Energy Fund:

A £140 grant to help with energy costs 

You might be eligible for a £140 grant to help with your energy costs if either:

  • you live in an area of England, Scotland or Wales with high levels of fuel poverty - we’ll use your postcode to check this when you apply
  • you don’t have access to the gas grid - we’ll use your postcode to check this when you apply
  • you or someone you live with has a disability or long term health problem
  • you pay for your energy by topping up your meter

You can still get the grant if you have received, or you're planning to receive, the Warm Home Discount between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022.

Debt write off up to £2,000 

We may be able to clear up to £2,000 of your energy debt with us if all of the following apply:

  • you are in financial difficulty
  • you have over £150 of energy debt, but are able to pay for your ongoing energy usage
  • you, or someone you live with, has a disability or illness, or has been through a significant life change in the past 18 months which affects your ability to pay

Energy efficient appliances

You might be eligible to receive a free energy efficient appliance if all of the following apply:

  • you are in financial difficulty
  • you have one or more essential appliance that’s either faulty or over 12 years old

Essential appliances covered under the scheme are:

  • ovens
  • washing machines
  • fridges
  • freezers
  • microwaves

 

How to register your interest

Applications for the Bulb 2021 Energy Fund are closed. More debt advice appointments will be available when the fund reopens in Spring 2022. Until then, find out about other ways to get help if you’re struggling with your energy payments.

 

 

 

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