It's important to keep your home warm during the winter. Here are a few of our top tips for how to keep your house cosy and comfortable that won't break the bank.
Keep the heat in
Draw your curtains at when the sun sets and this will help to keep the heat generated throughout the day inside the room.
Make sure that your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.
You can also use our Solve an issue tool to find helpful advice around topics to help keep your home warm such as how to bleed your radiator, how to pressurise your boiler and how to use a night storage heater.
Save money on your energy bills
If you're worried about your energy bill this winter, you could save money by switching. Contact your energy supplier to check whether you could switch to a cheaper tariff.
You may also be able to get additional help with your bills like the following:
Winter Fuel Payment - if you receive a state pension and were born on or before 5 July 1952, you will receive the Winter Fuel Payment which is worth between £100 and £300.
Cold Weather Payment - between the 1 November and 31 March people claiming certain benefits will receive a payment of £25 if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below for 7 consecutive days. Check if you can get a payment in your area.
Warm Home Discount - this one-off payment gives eligible older and low-income consumers £140 off their energy bill.
Energy saving tips for your home
Set your heating to come on just before you get up and switch off after you have gone to bed. If it's very cold, set your heating to come on earlier and turn off later rather than turning the thermostat up.
If you can't heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room throughout the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed. Remember to your close curtains and shut doors to keep heat in the rooms you use most.
Consider adding draft excluders to maximise the heat in the house and minimise drafts and cold getting in.
Take a look at the Keep Warm Keep Well leaflet produced by the government. This contains information about financial help and benefits available for over 60s, low-income families, and people living with a disability to help keep their homes warm.
If you have money concerns or are struggling to pay your rent please contact our Tenancy Sustainment team who can help to support you.