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1 A guide to our Priority Services and ways we can help you manage your energy

2 Contents Helping to make life easier Helping you feel safe how to recognise our staff If you re visually-impaired Other services we offer EDF Energy s Personalised Support Service Are you struggling financially? Other places to go for help How to get in touch with us Helping to make life easier We want to give everyone the best possible service we can and we understand that some of our customers need a bit of extra help. Things like talking bills, meter-reading for our partially-sighted customers or advice if you re having trouble making ends meet are just some of the ways we can provide this help. We call these forms of extra support Priority Services. This booklet will tell you all about them. Check you re eligible We provide Priority Services to our customers who: are visually-impaired or have hearing difficulties are of state-pensionable age have a disability are chronically sick are suffering from serious short-term illness or injury have other specific requirements. To get a Priority Services registration form, visit our website at edfenergy.com/priority-services or give us a call on or Minicom Even if you don t fit into any of the above categories, we still want to make sure we re doing everything we can for you. For example, for extra peace of mind you can join our password scheme to help you confirm that anyone who calls round and says they re working for us is genuine. Details of how to join are on the next page. 2 3

3 Helping you feel safe how to recognise our staff We take your safety seriously. So if someone who says they re from EDF Energy comes to your door, here are some things you can do to make sure they are a member of our staff or one of our representatives. Check their ID. Our representatives always carry identification cards. So don t worry about asking to check their card carefully genuine representatives of EDF Energy won t mind at all. Give us a call. If you re not sure if someone who s come to your home really is an EDF Energy representative, call us on before you let them in. We ll check their details. Join our password scheme. For extra security, you can use our free password scheme. All you need to do is choose a password (make sure it s something no one else can guess) then call us on or Minicom Just tell us what it is and we ll make sure anyone from EDF Energy visiting your home can confirm it with you. If you re visually-impaired Talking bills You can have your quarterly bill read out to you free of charge. Large print, audio or Braille bills You can choose to receive your quarterly electricity and/or gas bills in large print, on CD or in Braille for free. Just call us on to arrange these services. Meter reading services If you have trouble reading your meter, we might be able to do it for you. Each quarter we can send someone to your home any time Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm to read it (we can confirm the appointment with you in writing if you d like). For more information or to arrange a meter reading, call us on or Minicom Digital meters Lots of people find digital meters easier to read than dial-type meters. If you re on our Priority Services Register, get in touch with us to talk about replacing your dial meter with a digital one. 4 5

4 Other services we offer Here are some of the other things we can do to help make managing your energy that bit easier. Do you want us to send your bills to someone in your family or a friend? If it helps, we can send your electricity and/or gas bills to someone else you trust. You ll have to get their permission and they ll need to sign the relevant section of your Priority Service registration form. To get a Priority Service registration form, visit our website at edfenergy.com/priority-services or give us a call on or Minicom Remember that it will still be your responsibility to make sure the bill is paid. Do you have essential medical equipment at home? We know that some of our customers depend on their electricity supply for medical equipment. That s equipment such as home dialysis, oxygen concentrators, nebulisers or artificial ventilators, stair lifts and bed or bath hoists. If you do, register as a Priority Service Customer and let us know. Having trouble getting to your prepayment meter? We might be able to move your meter to a more convenient place if it s safe and practical for us to do so. And we might be able to do it for free. Just get in touch. Need help? Just ask If your financial or health situation changes, let us know. Even if it s something small like you re finding it hard to read your meter. We might be able to help. You ll find all our contact details on page 12 of this booklet. 6 7

5 Our Personalised Support Service: five services for helping customers most in need. 1 2 The EDF Energy Personalised Support Service is a collection of products and services we ve designed to help our most vulnerable customers. Help finding the cheapest tariff and way to pay We ll look at your current tariff and see if there s a cheaper option we can offer you. If you re not already paying by Direct Debit and you have a standard credit meter we can get you set up. We understand that not everyone can pay by Direct Debit, so we ve other ways you can pay to help your budget and your needs. Just give us a call to find out more. The Warm Home Discount scheme gives extra help to people who are at greatest risk of fuel poverty. If you qualify you could get 140 off your electricity bills. Find out more at edfenergy.com/pss/whd. Help reducing energy use If you follow our tips and energy advice you could reduce the amount of energy you use at your home. Visit edfenergy.com/pss/efficiency for more information. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government initiative that could help you improve the energy efficiency of your home. You can upgrade your home s efficiency rating by installing things such as a new boiler or extra insulation. It s even possible you could qualify for these at no cost to you we ll check to see. To find out more about ECO visit edfenergy.com/pss/eco or call Help with debt The EDF Energy Trust provides grants if you re struggling with debt and provides practical help to keep you out of debt. Visit edfenergytrust.org.uk to find out more. The EDF Energy Debt Helpline offers independent debt advice to all EDF Energy customers. Impartial advisers can help with making the most of your income and prioritising your energy bills, as well as any other debt advice you may need. Call them on from a landline or from a mobile to find out more. Help with specific needs If you need extra help in understanding your energy, you may be able to join the Priority Services Register and receive additional help (e.g. if you re visually impaired or hard of hearing we can provide some important communications in Braille, large print or audio CD). Helping you beyond energy If you are in hardship the EDF Energy Trust may be able to help by buying essential energy efficient household items such as washing machines, cookers and, when needed, Bankruptcy deposits / Debt Relief Orders. Visit edfenergytrust.org.uk to find out more. Plymouth Citizens Advice Bureau can help you check you re claiming the state benefits you re entitled to. They can also tell you about other schemes and grants you may be entitled to. Call them on from a landline or from a mobile to find out more. To find out more about our Personalised Support Service visit edfenergy.com/pss

6 Other places to go for help There are lots of organisations who can give you help and advice on everything from ways to keep warm in winter to information on getting grants to insulate your home. Here are just a few of them. Action on Hearing Loss The largest charity supporting people who are deaf, have a hearing loss or suffer from tinnitus. Contact them for free information on equipment that could help. Website: actiononhearingloss.org.uk Phone: Textphone: SMS: (standard text message rate applies) Age UK Advice for older people on money, care, health, housing and more. Website: ageuk.org.uk Phone: Citizens Advice (CAB) It s easy to get free, independent advice so that you Know your rights as an energy consumer. You might want to get a better deal, find out how to make a complaint, get advice about the quality of your electricity or gas supply, or ask for help if you re struggling to pay your bills. To Know your rights visit uk/energy for up to date information or contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on Website: citizensadvice.org.uk/energy Phone: Disability Rights UK Promoting independent living for disabled people as well as giving support to carers. Website: disabilityrightsuk.org The Royal National Institute of Blind people (RNIB) RNIB offers information, support and advice to people with sight loss. Website: rnib.org.uk Phone: Royal Voluntary Service The Royal Voluntary Service exists to help older people stay active, independent and able to be a part of their community by providing practical and emotional help when it s needed. Website: royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk Phone: Scope UK Working to make the world a better place for disabled people and their families. Website: scope.org.uk Phone: Sense The national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind. Website: sense.org.uk Phone: Minicom:

7 We are proud to say that Marie Curie Cancer Care is our charity partner. The charity carries out vital work providing end of life care to patients. How to get in touch with us Go online Visit edfenergy.com and click on Contact us. Call us For general enquiries: For prepayment enquiries: For Priority Service enquiries: Minicom: We re open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Write to us Our address is: Correspondence manager EDF Energy 334 Outland Road, Plymouth, PL3 5TU. Copies of this leaflet for partially-sighted customers You can get a free copy of this booklet on audio CD. Call our Priority Services team on or send us a text message on (please start your text with EDF ). If you have a textphone, call our Minicom Line on Calls to 0800 numbers are free from BT landlines but other network operators might charge you. R66.IH.XXX.03/14.V7 edfenergy.com EDF Energy is a trading name used by EDF Energy Customers plc, Reg. No whose Registered Office is at 40 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7EN, incorporated in England and Wales. The responsibility for performance of the supply obligations for all EDF Energy supply contracts rests with EDF Energy Customers plc. Character under licence from BeatBots LLC.

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