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The Energy Bills Support Scheme is designed to help households this winter. (Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

It’s safe to say that moving house over the winter is already a stressful task, but trying to relocate during the cost-of-living crisis can make things even more challenging.

Rising inflation has seen significant increases in the price of food, goods, fuel, services, and, perhaps most noticeably, energy.

Upon assuming office, Prime Minster Liz Truss announced typical-use energy bills would be capped at £2,500 – though it is important to remember this is a cap on the price per unit, so your bills could still be higher.

The recent economic fallout from former-chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget has seen many potential changes being made by the new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt.

However, as of now, the Energy Bills Support Scheme (one of several support measures), which will see a £400 discount applied to energy bills over the coming winter months, is still in place.

But what does the discount still apply if you opt to move house?

Here’s everything you need to know.

What will happen to your £400 energy discount

While moving house can throw up all sorts of complications, there is good news regarding your energy bill discount – it still applies if your circumstances change.

The government website

states explicitly that you will still get your energy discount if:

  • You change your payment method
  • You change your tariff
  • You switch electricity supplier
  • You move to a new address
  • Your supplier goes bust
  • You’re in arrears on your electricity bill payments

Depending on your energy supplier and how you pay your bills (e.g. via direct debit or smart prepayment meter) the discount will either be automatically applied to your bill or sent straight to your bank account.

You can expect £66 in October and November, followed by £67 in December, January, February and March. 

Jeremy Hunt

The new chancellor Jeremy Hunt has made big changes to the government’s economic plans. (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

This discount will still apply monthly, even if you settle your bill quarterly or via a payment card and prepayment meter customers should receive vouchers.

If for any reason, your discount doesn’t show up on your bill after you move, the government website urges you to contact your energy supplier.  

What to do before you move

Citizen’s Advice offers three key pieces of guidance regarding your energy bills and moving house.

According to them, before you move, you should:

‘Let your electricity and gas supplier know that you’re moving – you should give at least 48 hours’ notice.’

‘Read your meters on the day you move out and give the readings to your supplier – keep a note of the readings and the dates you took them, in case you don’t agree with your final bill.’

‘Give your supplier a forwarding address so they can send you the final bill – you’ll have 28 days to pay.’

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