Did you know that many people may be able to receive extra help from the company that owns and maintains the electricity cables and lines in your area? (this is NOT the company that you pay your electricity bill to). For example in London, the South East and East of England some people can apply to register on a Priority Services Register with UK Power Networks at
There appears to be quite allot of help on offer for pensioners, people with disabilities, people that rely on medical equipment or medicines that they must keep in the fridge, dementia sufferers, people recovering from medical treatment and households with young children.
Obviously you will need to check out the relevant company for your area and find out exactly what help they might be offering.