This measure provides financial assistance to households to pay their energy bills through a social tariff. Since 2016, it is automatically awarded to households receiving certain social benefits and to low income households. For household to qualify, the electricity and natural gas consumption cannot be higher than a certain limit. Previous versions of this social tariff that started around 2008 were different in scope (only electricity) and target groups.
Around 14% of all Portuguese households benefit from this measure: 786,000 households receive the social tariff for electricity and 34,000 receive it for natural gas.