As the UK braces itself for yet another Beast from the East, it’s a good time to take stock of how you keep yourself warm. Our Energy Wise service offers residents a free energy assessment to help them get the best deal from energy providers. In 90% of cases, people can save money by simply switching providers. So far, some 3,000 residents have contacted the service and been able to improve their finances, by saving an impressive £500,000 that would have otherwise gone to the providers.
Along with hunting around for an energy plan that suits individual needs, savings can also be made if a resident is entitled to a Warm Home Discount or any unclaimed entitlements, such as Winter Fuel Payments. The Government's Warm Home Discount scheme runs between September and March and pays £140 towards electricity bills. It can also be used towards a gas bill, providing that you have the same supplier for both gas and electricity.
Some residents may also be eligible for a winter fuel payment. This can be worth between £100 and £300, depending on circumstances. The deadline for checking if this can be applied to you is at the end of February.
With the cold change upon us, our immune system is doing all it can to help fight off germs and infections. However, as we get older, the immune system becomes weaker and we're more susceptible to catching winter bugs. That’s why, each year, the NHS encourages older people to have flu and pneumonia vaccinations. According to figures from Age UK, six out of ten people treated for flu in hospital last year were over the age of 65. Therefore, if you haven’t already done so, it’s worth booking in for a vaccination via your GP.
We believe it’s important that residents understand the impact that keeping warm and saving energy has on their wellbeing. We’ve compiled a list of our Top 10 Energy Wise tips:
You can find out more about our Energy Wise service here.