We’re here for everyone. British Gas Energy Trust – providing independent advice and support
Dedicated energy debt support
No matter which energy company you are with - if you’re struggling with your bills, you are not alone. British Gas Energy Trust is here to help. They are an independent charitable trust1 set up to support families and individuals facing financial hardship and fuel poverty across England, Wales and Scotland.
If you’re struggling with money and energy debt and don’t know where to turn, then a valuable first step is understanding the support available. IncomeMax, a social enterprise funded by the Trust, has produced the Bounce Back Checklist that details benefits, grants and organisations that can help, whatever your circumstances.
How British Gas Energy Trust can help
Independent charitable trust
Funded solely by British Gas since 2004, the British Gas Energy Trust has provided consistent, financial help for vulnerable households and is one of the largest, grant-giving energy trusts in the UK.
We don’t mind who your energy supplier is
Whether you’re with British Gas or another supplier, there is help available to you. The majority of the information on this page applies to customers of any supplier, but if you’re a British Gas customer you’ll find more focused help towards the bottom of the page.
Grants and benefits
As well as funding local organisations that provide specialist fuel debt advice, the trust provides funding for debt relief and energy fuel support. If you’re having problems covering your energy costs, British Gas Energy Trust may be able to help.
Finding the right support for you
The British Gas Energy Trust worked with IncomeMax to produce the Bounce Back Checklist which is packed full of tools and information to help you maximise your income. It covers the main benefits and schemes available with quick links to find out if you qualify and how to apply.
It also details specialist organisations that can help you with specific issues.
Specialist money and energy advice local to you
If you’re worried about money and your energy bills, then we want to connect you with someone who can help. The British Gas Energy Trust funds advice-giving organisations across England, Wales and Scotland. You can speak to a trained advisor for free online or by phone. They can help with:
- Planning your budget
- Checking your benefits entitlement
- Making sure you’re on the most suitable energy tariff
- Negotiating with energy suppliers
- Completing grant applications
- Energy efficiency advice
Speaking to an advisor is a great first step to getting your bills under control and will help if you later decide to apply for any grants.
Applying for a grant
You should get money or debt advice before applying for a grant from the British Gas Energy Trust. This will help you feel confident that you’ll be able to manage your energy costs in future and support your application.
You can be a customer from any energy supplier to get a grant from the Trust. Although most of the budget is reserved for British Gas customers, applications from those with the greatest need will be prioritised.
Some other suppliers offer grants just for their customers:
Tips to use less energy
We’re all guilty of leaving the TV on standby or charging our mobiles overnight - now is the time to make small changes which could help to cut your gas and electricity bills.
As the weather gets colder, make sure your home’s ready for winter with our handy guide.
Help and advice for British Gas customers
Struggling to pay your energy bills?
Last year, we helped over 300,000 customers manage their debt. So, don't be afraid to tell us why you're struggling, and we'll do everything we can to support you.
Warm Home Discount Scheme
You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. Our 2021/22 scheme is now open. Remember, even if you’ve had the Warm Home Discount before, you need to re-apply for it again each year.
Priority Services Register
Our Priority Services Register is a free support service for people who may be vulnerable – perhaps because of their age, health or disability, or if they’re going through a difficult time in their lives.
Get more from your smart meters
If you’ve got a smart meter then you’ll also have a smart energy monitor. This is the device in your home that tells you how much gas and electricity you’re using. It’s easy to use - you can even set budgets to help you stay in control or keep an eye on your spending in real-time.
British Gas Energy Trust is Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation no 1179578.