With Ofgem recently announcing that the price cap will increase by 5 per cent from January, energy costs are just as much on people’s minds as they were this time last year – with many understandably worried about their finances.


There are funds available to support those who need it most, whether they find themselves in debt or rationing their energy to pay for other necessities such as food and other bills. If you’re struggling to pay your bills, it’s important to speak to your energy supplier as soon as possible, and they should do everything they can to support you. This could be access to hardship funds or grants, or setting up suitable payment plans to manage any debt. There are also ways you can make the most of your energy so the money you are paying goes as far as possible.

Many of us are already doing what we can to reduce costs, including turning off lights when we’re not using them and only boiling the kettle for as much water as we’re going to use. But there are lots of other easy adjustments you can make that won’t cost a penny:

Advice Direct Scotland administers the Scottish Government’s Home Heating Support Fund and offers financial support to people across Scotland who are struggling with their bills or who are self-rationing to get by. The fund is open until March 2024, or until funds have been exhausted.

Free and impartial advice on any topic is available to everyone in Scotland, at no cost, regardless of personal circumstance. You can find application forms for the Home Heating Support Fund at homeheatingadvice.scot, or if you need support with the application, you can call the team on 0808 196 8660 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm).