Keeping your home warm
Many families are finding it difficult to keep their home warm.
Living in a cold and damp home can lead to:
- more respiratory infections
- higher levels of asthma
- effects on mental health such as depression
- slower growth and development for children
- turn off standby appliances such as your TV
- turn down your thermostat
- turn off heating in rooms you are not using
- switch off lights when you leave a room
- fill kettles only with the water you need
- put a lid on pans when cooking
- wash clothes at a lower temperature
- be smarter about hot water use. Use a washing up bowl instead of running a tap. Reduce shower time.
- draught proof your property. Use draught excluders. Seal cracks in floors and skirting boards. Block unused chimneys. Line your letterbox
- monitor your energy use
If anyone in your household is receiving benefits speak to your energy supplier about help available. The Energy Company Obligation scheme supports energy efficiency improvements. Simple energy advice can also be given over the phone by ringing freephone number 0800 444202.
Warm home discount scheme
The warm home discount scheme is a one off discount of up to £140 off your energy bill over winter. Your energy supplier needs to participate in the scheme for you to get the discount. If you are on a low income you may qualify. Contact your energy supplier as soon as possible. There are a limited number of discounts each winter. Your energy supplier can tell you how to apply.
Cold weather payments
This is a government scheme which gives eligible people £25 for every 7 days the temperature is 0 degrees C or below between 1st November and 31st March. You may qualify if you receive:
- income support
- income based job seeker’s allowance
- income related employment and support allowance
- universal credit
- pension credit
If you qualify it should be paid automatically and does not effect your other benefits
Further help and support
- Turn 2 Us is a national charity that helps people who are struggling financially.
- Citizens Advice is a network of independant charities who offer free and confidential advice online, over the phone and in person.
- British Gas Energy Trust offers energy grants to customers and non-customers. They can also be contacted on the phone call them on 0121 3487797.