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Keeping warm this winter

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Find out some simple things you can do to keep warm and make the best use of your heating at home.

Keeping warm

To keep warm and well during periods of cold weather NHS Choices advise:

  • Keep curtains drawn and doors closed to block out draughts.
  • Have regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter. 
  • Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer). 
  • Keep as active as possible.
  • Wrap up warm if you need to go outside on cold days.

Keep your main living room at around 18- 21°C (64-70°F), and the rest of the house at least 16°C (61°F). If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep.

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Help with heating your home

Cold weather payments

If you are receiving certain benefits during very, cold weather you may be able to claim financial help with heating your home, including:

  • Winter Fuel Payment
  • Cold Weather Payment
  • Heating Rebate scheme
  • Warm Front scheme

To find out whether you could qualify for help this winter go to the Gov.UK website for more information.

Difficulty paying your fuel bills?

If you're behind with payments of your gas or electricity bills, the CAB advise to contact your fuel supplier straight away.It adds your fuel supplier must offer you an arrangement to pay off the arrears at a rate you can afford. Your supplier must offer you a method of payment which is the most suitable for you and they must take into account your ability to pay.

You may be able to get a grant to help you pay for fuel arrears as well as some other household bills. If you are on a low income or considered to be vulnerable, you may be able to pay a reduced-rate tariff from your fuel supplier.

For more information about these and for further help and advice if you’re having difficulty paying your fuel bills go to the Citizens Advice Bureau's website.

Saving fuel

You should also check that you're using fuel in the most efficient way. This will help to reduce your energy bills. Tower Hamlets Council advises you can save fuel by following some simple tips including shutting your curtains at dusk, insulating your hot water tank and switching all lights off when they are not being used. To find out more fuel saving tips go to Tower Hamlets Council's website.

Listen out for weather warnings

The Met Office provides the weather forecasts for radio and TV - listen out for these bulletins regularly to keep up to date with the weather. 

Icy conditions

NHS Choices advise black ice on pavements or roads might not be clearly visible, and compacted snow may turn to ice and become slippery. So please take extra care if you go out and wear boots or shoes with good grip on the soles.

How to find more information on keeping warm and well this winter:

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