Keep Warm this Winter

Published 2nd December 2021

Energy saving tips for your home.

Some of these energy-saving tips may seem obvious but they can make a big difference when it comes to reducing your fuel bill.

  • Set your heating to come on just before you get up and switch off after you’ve gone to bed. If it’s very cold, set your heating to come on earlier and turn off later rather than turning the thermostat up.
  • If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room throughout the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed. Remember to close curtains and shut doors to keep heat in the rooms you use most.
  • Consider adding draft excluders to maximise the heat in the house and minimise drafts and cold getting in.

There’s really useful advice in the Keep Warm Keep Well booklet produced by the Government. This booklet aims to help you maintain good health during winter and take advantage of the financial help and benefits available. It is aimed at over 60s, low-income families, and people living with a disability.

Stay safe with fires, heaters and electric blankets

In severe weather, you may be making use of fires  for warmth, or and candles in the event of power cuts, for light.

To stay safe using fire, you are advised to ensure that you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home and that you test it regularly

You should also do the following:
Open fires: sweep your chimney, use a fireguard, make sure the fire is put out properly before you leave the room.
Electric heaters: keep away from curtains and furniture, and do not use for drying clothes. Always unplug when you go out or go to bed.
Electric blankets: do not use a hot water bottle, even if the blanket’s switched off. Unplug blankets before you go to bed, unless they have thermostat control for safe all-night use.

Look out for others

Make sure elderly friends and neighbours are warm enough and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out when it’s very cold. If you’re worried about someone, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.

Help with Fuel Bills

Don’t miss out on benefits. Depending on your circumstances you may get the Winter Fuel or Cold Weather Payments automatically. If you don’t, visit gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment or call 03459 15 15 15 to see if you’re eligible.

Cold Weather Payment – between the 1 November and 31 March people claiming certain benefits will receive a payment of £25 if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be,  zero degrees celsius or below for 7 consecutive days. Check if you an get a payment in your area.

Warm Home Discount – this one-off payment gives eligible older and low-income consumers £140 off their energy bill.

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