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Find out how to benefit from buying a gas cylinder

30 NOVEMBER 2023
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Governo Portugal Eficiencia Energetica
The government has extended support for consumers to buy bottled gas until 2025. Learn about the support and find out if you are a beneficiary.
Find out how to benefit from buying a gas cylinder
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The Bilha Solidária proposal, developed to combat the energy crisis and the exponential energy prices charged, offers support of 10 euros per month for the purchase of a canister of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). 

The measure, created by the government in 2022, will be extended until 2025, with the aim of responding to the needs of the most vulnerable families.

Who can receive this support?

According to the government, this program provides assistance to domestic consumers benefiting from the Social Electricity Tariff (TSEE), residing in mainland Portugal and holding an electricity supply contract. 

In addition to those mentioned above, this support can also be used by domestic consumers with the same contract, at least one of whose household members receives one of the following minimum social benefits. 

These are:

  • Solidarity supplement for the elderly
  • Social insertion income 
  • Social disability pension for the special disability protection scheme
  • Social inclusion benefit supplement
  • Social pension for old age
  • Unemployment benefit

Documentation required

To access gas support, consumers must go to the respective Parish Council and present documentation proving their situation. 

For beneficiaries of the Social Electricity Tariff (TSEE):

  • Current electricity bill that legitimizes taking advantage of the TSEE
  • Invoice/receipt, or receipt containing the tax identification number (NIF) in the name of the holder of the electricity contract, beneficiary of the tariff, for the months between September and December 2022, proving the purchase of the LPG bottle
  • Citizen's card, resident's card or passport of the holder of the electricity contract benefiting from the TSEE
  • Declaration of acceptance of the processing of personal data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

For holders of one of the TSEE's minimum and disadvantaged social benefits:

  • Document proving receipt of one of the aforementioned minimum social benefits for the previous or supporting month;
  • Invoice/receipt, or receipt proving the purchase of the LPG bottle, dated between September and December 2022, referencing the respective NIF;
  • Citizen's, resident's or passport card of the beneficiary of the support;
  • Declaration of acceptance of the processing of personal data under the GDPR
Since the platform that manages government support went live on November 9, incentives worth 243,830 euros have been awarded by the 1,590 parish councils that have signed up.
The program has been extended until 2025, or until the sum of three million euros has been used up, according to a statement.

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Governo Portugal Eficiencia Energetica
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