Residents of the North East who depend on alternative fuel sources have been encouraged to check out the £200 discount

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Local residents who rely on off-grid energy have been urged to check they have received £200 from the government.

Advice Direct Scotland said those using unregulated alternative fuel sources should check their electricity bill to ensure they have been paid for alternative fuels.

This includes people who heat their homes with bottled or bottled gas, LPG, oil, or solid fuels such as coal, wood, and peat.

Anyone eligible who has not automatically received payment must now apply through a dedicated online portal set up by the UK government.

Alternative fuel payment is in addition to the £400 energy bill subsidy scheme.

Advice Direct Scotland, which runs the National Energy Advice Service Energyadvice. scotHe said anyone needing more information or advice should contact the advisors at or by calling 0808 196 8660, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

The charity can provide assistance to those struggling with their energy bills and other money-related issues such as debt, and can direct consumers to additional sources of support.

Hazel Knowles, Head of Energy Project Team for Advice Direct Scotland,
Hazel Knowles, Head of Energy Project Team for Advice Direct Scotland,

Hazel Knowles, Head of Energy Project Team at Advice Direct Scotland, said: “The cost of energy has increased dramatically for everyone, but those who rely on off-grid and unregulated fuels face additional challenges.

People in rural and remote areas often use unregulated electricity and fuel to heat their homes.

“Paying £200 for alternative fuels provides vital support to those who depend on these heating sources and it is important to ensure you have access to this if you qualify.

Those who did not receive the payment automatically through their electricity provider can apply through the e-government portal.

“Our expert advisors at can assist you if you would like more information about these payments and can direct you to additional support sources available to assist those struggling to afford alternative fuels.”

Scottish energy consumers who have not received an alternative fuel payment can apply through the dedicated portal at

They will need to give =

An email address or phone number (if they have one)

Bank account details.

Evidence that they have spent £200 on alternative fuels to heat their home since September 2022 (eg delivery note or receipt)

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