With the clocks going back in the early hours of on Sunday October 27, many people are now starting to think about staying warm this winter, and may be concerned about paying energy bills.
We urge those on low incomes to call the free, confidential Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to find out about rebates, assistance and discounts available to vulnerable households to help pay energy bills and keep homes warm this winter.
The Home Heat Helpline team offers these simple tips to lower your bills and stay warm:
1. Call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 – find out what help you might be eligible for and how to save money on your energy bill.
2. Get a free home energy check – every supplier will be able to offer help and advice on what you can do today to save next winter – and most will do it for free. Make sure you talk to your energy supplier about your own home and circumstances.
3. Avoid ‘half load’ options on dishwashers and washing machines - they still use almost as much of the energy, water and detergent as a full load. It’s always best to do a full load instead.
4. Think about your boiler – make sure it is as efficient as it can be. If your boiler is 15 years old or more it might be time for a replacement. Boilers account for around 55% of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so it’s worth doing if you need to.
5. Don’t block your radiators or heaters - Make sure your radiators and heaters are not blocked by furniture or covered by curtains. If you have a radiator with a curtain draped over it, most of the heat will literally is appear out of the window. It’s also possible to fit radiator foil behind radiators to reflect the heat back into the room, which will save energy.