Staying warm at home

These tips can help keep you warm and well at home while also helping to reduce your energy bills:

  • See if you're eligible for any help from the government to make your home more energy efficient
  • Find out if you could save money on your energy bills with a different provider
  • Reduce your energy use with simple hints and tips from the energy saving trust 

You can find their top ten 'quick wins' for reducing your energy use.

Staying warm at home: financial help

If you need help staying warm this winter, you may be eligible for financial help from the government.  This includes:

  • Winter fuel payment
  • Cold weather payment
  • See if you are eligible for a discount on your electricity bill with the government’s Warm Homes Discount scheme 

 

Staying warm at home: tips and advice

These tips can help keep you warm and well at home:

  • If you're not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C
  • Keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can – and keep the bedroom window closed
  • To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), babies should sleep in rooms heated to between 16C and 20C
  • If you're under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C
  • Draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • Make sure you get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional