Keeping Warm at Home
- If you are over 65,
or have a health problem, heat your home to at least 18°C to keep
- Make sure that you have
some warm slippers or shoes that have a good grip. Try to keep your
feet up as the air is cooler at ground level.
- 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.
- Keep moving – avoid sitting
down for long periods as muscles become stiff and slow when they
are cold. Even housework will generate body heat and help to keep
Mor information on keeping
warm in winter is available in Age UK's Winter Wrapped
Ready for Winter web pages, hosted by the Met Office, are now
online to provide help and advice about how to prepare and stay
safe this winter.
A Guide to
Keeping Warm has been produced as part of the Falls Prevention
Tips leaflet series.
The Keep Warm Keep
Well booklet, produced by the Department of Health, in
association with other partners, aims to help you maintain good
health during winter and take advantage of the financial help and
Affordable Warmth Strategy
Bedford Borough Council is
committed to reducing fuel poverty and has developed an Affordable
Warmth Strategy 2013-16 and Action Plan
2015-16 to address fuel poverty across in the Borough,
improve health and well-being and increase energy conservation,
reducing carbon emissions. It comprises initiatives, working
in partnership with local community organisations, to reduce
households’ energy costs and increase households’ income
and raise awareness of other help which is available.
Help and Support Available:
There are a number of schemes designed
to provide support, including money off energy bills and assistance
with central heating and insulation to reduce energy consumption
and reduce energy bills to save money:
Priority Services Register
If you are a pensioner, have long-term ill
health, are registered disabled or have a hearing or visual
impairment, you may be eligible for extra help offered by energy
suppliers. One service is the Priority Services Register. For more
information you can view Citizens Advice Bureau's page on the
Priority Services Register. To ensure you receive additional
services, you need to sign up to your supplier’s Priority Services
Register. If you have different suppliers for electricity and gas,
you will need to register with each. If you have a carer, they can
register on your behalf. There is no charge and you can register
for all or some of the services. Ofgem leaflet: How to get
help if you need it.
For winter 2015 to 2016, you may qualify for a
discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home
These are annual payments for pensioners,
usually made automatically, for £100 to £300. If you
but don't get paid automatically, you may need to make a
If you are in receipt of certain income-related benefits and own
or privately rent your home, you might be able to get help for
energy-saving improvements such as insulation and a new boiler
Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). Quick guide to ECO:
Get Help to
Keep Your Home Warm - Energy Company Obligation
The British Gas Energy Trust is a registered
charity, operating since 2004, to help individuals and families in
poverty, suffering or other distress who are struggling to pay
their gas and/or electricity debts.
The Trust helps by giving grants to:
- Clear gas and electricity debts.
- Clear other priority household debts or purchase essential
household items. These payments are known as Further
Assistance Payments (FAPs).
The aim of the Trust is to give vulnerable individuals and
families a fresh start and enable them to remain debt free.
Anyone seeking help from the Trust must fill in the Trust’s
standard application form. All applicants are advised to seek
appropriate money/debt advice before applying to
increase their chance of a successful application.
Safe, Healthy and
Safe, Healthy and Well is a one-stop information leaflet which
brings together existing services offered by Bedford Borough
Council, and other organisations to help residents of
Bedford Borough keep safe, healthy and well during the winter
Information on how to use your energy more efficiently: Energy Efficiency
Information on insulation and schemes available: Home Insulation
Information on how to reduce your energy bills: Reducing Energy Bills
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