In the years 2014 and 2015 you could get £12 of free electricity from the government, thanks to the Government Electricity Rebate. At the time, the government hinted that this rebate might continue for further years, but they chose not to continue with it.
The rebate is no longer available, and as far as we know there are no plans to reintroduce it.
It was a £12 contribution from the government, designed to help reduce the impact of climate change and social policy costs on electricity bills. It was one of several ways the government tried to reduce energy bills by around £50 a year during 2014 and 2015.
No. Consumers couldn’t actually apply for the rebate. If you were an OVO customer in 2014 or 2015, we put the rebate in your account. It would have appeared as a credit on your statement, labelled ‘Government Electricity Rebate’.
If you were getting your energy from a different provider in those years, you should still have received the rebate automatically.
If you’re having trouble keeping up with your energy bills, please get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do to help you. Our helpful customer service advisors will explain your options. If necessary, we’ll put together a payment plan to help you keep any debt to a minimum. You’ll find more helpful information here.
If you want independent advice, we suggest you contact the Citizens Advice Bureau.
There are also various grants and funds you can apply for, including the Warm Home Discount (a one-off payment of £140, including VAT) and the OVO Energy Fund. You might be eligible for government help with your energy bills or to make your home more energy efficient – use the online energy grants calculator to find out.