IncomeMAX Top Ten Energy Bill Tips 

#1 With EDF Energy, you can get the insulation you need FREE regardless of income. Some benefit claimants can get cash rewards too... but these offers are time limited so don't delay, apply today.

#2 Claim the £130 Warm Home Discount if you are eligible. Eligible Pension Credit customers in the 'core group' should get theirs automatically, but customers in the 'broader group' need to check with their individual energy company to see if they qualify and then apply.

#3 If you are in gas or electricity arrears, take steps to resolve it. Some energy companies also have charitable trust funds you can apply to for help. Talk to your energy company, and also visit www.charisgrants.com and www.aurigaservices.co.uk for more information on the available charitable trust funds.

#4 Get the debt advice you need. Talk to Advice UK, CAB, CCCS (soon to be Step Change Debt Charity), Payplan or Money Advice Service or call National Debtline on 0808 808 4000

#5 Keep a close eye on Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert advice on tariff switching or fixing. The advice from MSE right now is to FIX - but this is subject to change. While you're there, sign up for Martin's Money Saving Tips email!

#6 If you are eligible, don't forget the Warm Front Grant, which can help with heating improvements.

#7 Save energy where possible! Visit the Energy Saving Trust website to find out more http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

#8 Look at water bills too! There may be help available with your tariff if you are on a water meter, or help with your water bill arrears. Southern Water is a good example.

#9. Maximise your income. Talk to a benefits expert that can see if you are missing out. Every penny counts!

#10 Local councils and energy companies are at the forefront of the fight against fuel poverty. If you live in London for example, check to see if you are in a Re:new area. Contact your local council and your energy company to find out what help is available.

Lee Healey

October 2012