There’s a chill in the air and it’s expected to get colder!

To give our clients and carers a head-start here is part 1 of our winter-proofing guide, covering ways to keep your house warm.

As we get older, our bodies respond differently to the cold, increasing the likelihood of a heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, and breathing difficulties. The colder your home, the higher the risk to your health.

Cold weather & rising fuel costs add to the financial worries of older people. 30% say they avoid heating rooms like the bedroom, bathroom or living room because they are worried about the cost.

Here are some simple changes that can help you save money without sacrificing any warmth:

  • Insulation and draught-proofing cut down heat lost through your walls and roof.
  • Keep your radiators and heaters clear of furniture, run the washing machine at a lower temperature and unplug chargers when they’re not in use.
  • Sweep chimneys, as debris and soot will have built up over the summer months. This will mean your fire burns more efficiently in the house.
  • Switching energy supplier can save you money. There are lots of energy companies and tariffs, so look out for extra charges. Check for special offers or discounts and find out how long they run for to get the best price.
  • If your boiler is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it for a newer, more energy efficient one.
  • When it’s time to replace appliances, look for products with the Energy Saving-recommended logo. They will be more energy efficient and cost less to run
  • Make sure you’re claiming all the benefits you’re entitled to. You may also be entitled to the Warm Home Discount on your electricity bill if you receive Pension Credit.
  • If you’re having difficulty paying your energy bills, tell your energy supplier so they can help you work out a repayment plan.

Click to read Part 2 of our Winter Proofing Guide, where we look at how your lifestyle can help you stay healthy this winter.