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Keeping Warm and Affordable for the Rest of the Winter


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 insulation improvements.


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: www.bedford.gov.uk/reducingenergybills.


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 England:


  • 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.

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