Time to think about those energy costs before autumn/winter come along The Energy Saving Trust (an independent organisation that provides impartial advice about how to save energy and money) manages a number of energy efficiency schemes funded by the Scottish Government including the Home Energy Scotland service. The Warm Home Discount provides £140 towards electricity during winter for those on low income and or certain benefits. Opens around Sept/Oct on a first come first served basis In addition, comparing energy tariffs and deals regularly can help you make sure you’re getting the best gas or electricity tariff for your usage and the best service offer. It can also highlight if you could cut your bills by switching supplier. Shop for cheaper gas and electricity. It pays to shop around. Ofgem research finds comparing and switching supplier or energy tariff can make a big difference to your gas and electricity bills – with annual savings of around £300 available. If you’ve never compared energy tariffs or switched gas or electricity supplier, it may seem a daunting process. It's all very simple just contact your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau for free impartial advice.