Keeping Warm and Affordable for the Rest of the
This winter, as the temperature continues to
be cold, there are a range of actions that you can take to make
your energy bills more affordable. These include making your home
more energy efficient, switching to a cheaper energy tariff and
checking to see if you are eligible for any discounts on your
electricity bills or financial assistance with heating or
Bedford Borough Council advises residents to
check with their current energy suppliers to see if they are on the
best tariff and payment method and also if providers can offer any
discounts to reduce bills. For example, if you choose to pay by
Direct Debit, switch your tariff or change energy provider you may
be able to get a better deal.
In addition, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau
estimates that changing energy providers could save customers
hundreds of pounds on annual energy bills if they have never
switched. To find out if you could get a better deal all you
need is your postcode as well as details of your supplier, current
tariff and annual energy consumption; all of which should be on
your latest bill. For more information and helpful guides on how to
change energy tariff and reduce energy bills, please visit:
Bedford Borough Council’s ‘Safe, Healthy and
Well’ leaflet also offers important advice on how to reduce energy
bills and keep warm during the winter; staying safe, healthy and
well. The leaflet directs readers to a range of services and help
available; including schemes offering insulation, heating and
safety improvements, pension and benefits advice, plus details
about keeping healthy during the cold winter months. To view a copy
of the ‘Safe, Healthy and Well’ leaflet visit www.bedford.gov.uk/safehealthywell
or pick up a copy from your local Bedford Borough library or the
council’s Customer Service Centre on Horne Lane.
Some helpful tips published by Public Health
- If you are over 65 or have a health problem, heat your home to
at least 18°C to keep warm.
- Stay tuned into the weather forecast and ensure you are stocked
with food and medications in advance.
- Put on several warm, light layers of clothing which will keep
you warmer than one thick layer. Have hot drinks, use a hot water
bottle and if you're sitting down, put a blanket over you.
- Make sure you have a list of emergency numbers if you need to
call for assistance or advice during cold weather.
If you are worried about meeting your heating
costs, contact the independent Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99
for advice on bills and energy efficiency. For free and impartial
advice on how to save energy in the home including information on
the Green Deal and the Energy Companies Obligation, residents can
contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.