Staying warm and saving money
As we head into February and the end of winter, here is a reminder of some things to help you and those close to you keep warm and safe.
The 22 January was the ‘Big Energy Saving Week’, please take a look at the Energy Saving Trust's website to help you save money during the colder months and the rest of the year. There is further help and advice on the citizens advice website.
- Remember to close curtains and shut doors to keep heat in the rooms you use most
- Have at least one warm meal each day and drink warm drinks such as soup, coffee, tea or herbal or fruit teas for a change
- Try to be active during the day. Get out to a local leisure centre or shopping centre if you are able. If you are not able to do this, remember to get up and move, as light exercise will help to keep you warm
- Look after elderly friends and neighbours. Make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather. If you are concerned about somebody or want further advice call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 6565 (8am–7pm, seven days a week)
- Use a room thermometer. Your main living room should be between around 18-21°C (64-70°F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16°C (61°F)
- You could be entitled to cold weather payments. These entitle you to £25 for every week the temperature falls below zero degrees celsius for seven consecutive days. It is paid automatically to people in receipt of Income Support, income based Job Seekers Allowance, and income related Employment and Support Allowance. To find out more about Winter Fuel Payments, call 03459 15 15 15 (8.00am-6.00pm Monday–Friday)