The following sections contain useful advice for anyone worried about paying their energy bills, as well as useful resources for keeping your home warm and becoming more energy efficient.
Help with paying energy bills
- The Government's Help for Households has all the latest information on help with paying energy bills
- If you're in debt to your energy supplier, there are grants available that may help you pay it off.
- The Money Expert offers up-to-date advice if you are struggling to pay your energy bills, including details of available financial support.
- LEAP is a free service helping people keep warm and reduce their energy bills without costing them any money.
- Support for Energy Prices - Winchester City Council
Keeping your home warm
- Hampshire County Council offers help for people struggling to keep their homes warm. Call 0800 804 8601 or visit Hitting The Cold Spots for energy advice
- You may be able to get funding through Warmer Homes to make your home more energy efficient
- The Warm homes discount scheme is available throughout Winter. You could get £150 off your electricity bill. The discount will not affect your winter fuel payment or your cold weather payment.
- If you're looking for a space to keep warm and save on home heating, the Warm Welcome campaign has an interactive map of warm spaces that you can make use of.
What you need to know
- Heat your home to at least 18°C, especially in rooms that you regularly use such as your living room and bedroom. This is especially important if you have a health condition. If you are struggling to heat your home, the council provides more advice on paying energy bills here.
- Keep your bedroom windows closed as breathing cold air can be bad for your health and increase the risk of chest infections.
- Draw your curtains at dusk to keep heat generated inside your rooms.
- Several layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thicker layer. Clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy materials are particularly good at maintaining body heat.
- Eating regularly helps to keep you warm and provides a vital source of energy. Try to have at least one hot meal a day along with regular hot drinks.
- Keep in touch with friends, family and neighbours who may be more at risk from the cold snap.
- Try to keep active where you can and avoid sitting still for more than an hour or so. Break up time spent being inactive by walking around your home, for example.
If you are worried about your health or that of someone you know, ring the NHS on 111.
- Our energy efficiency web page has some useful tips on how to use less energy at home.
- The Boiler Upgrade Scheme offers £5,000 grants to fit clean heating systems when replacing oil and gas boilers.
- The Energy Savings Trust has some great guides to becoming more energy efficient.