Keep Warm

It is very important to stay warm. We are all more likely to catch colds and flu in winter but the cold weather can also trigger some more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia.

Top tips for heating your home effectively and saving energy

With energy costs at an all time high, simple measures to make your home more energy efficient can have a significant impact on your energy bills.  By setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18°C and 21°C, or 64°F to 70°F), you can keep your home warm and lower your bills.  See below for our top tips for heating your home effectively.

  • Heating and insulation improvements. Nest is the Welsh Government’s fuel poverty scheme. It aims to help reduce the number of households in fuel poverty and make Welsh homes warmer and more fuel-efficient places to live.  Nest provides free, impartial advice on saving energy, money management, benefit entitlement and whether you're eligible for home improvements at no cost under the scheme.  If you’re worried about the cost of heating your home, you can call  0808 808 2244 free from a landline or or from a mobile phone or visit Nest 

  • Save energy wherever you can: for example by switching off appliances rather than leaving them on standby, replacing normal lightbulbs with energy efficient bulbs which use one fifth of the electricity, and only boiling as much water as you need in the kettle.  For free, independent and local energy advice, visit the Energy Saving Trust or call 0800 512 012.

  • Struggling to pay your electricity or gas bill? Contact your energy supplier as soon as possible.  The Home heat Helpline will also give advice on reduced or 'social' tarrifs which offer customers more affordable prices for their gas and electricity, call 0800 33 66 99 or visit Home Heat Helpline

  • Winter Fuel Payment -  you may get a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2013/14 if both the following apply: you have reached the qualifying age (born on or before 5 January 1952) and you normally live in Great Britain or Northern Ireland on any day in the week of 16–22 September 2013.
  • This payment can be between £100 and £300 depending on your situation.  Find out if you are eligible for this payment and how to apply by calling Winter Fuel Payment Helpline on 08459 15 15 15.

  • Cold Weather Payment - these are made during periods of very cold weather to help people pay for extra heating costs. To get a Cold Weather Payment, the average temperature where you live must be recorded as, or expected to be 0°C or below for seven days in a row.  You must be able to get Cold Weather Payments if you are getting Pension Credit.  You don't need to apply; you'll get a Cold Weather Payment automatically as long as you qualify.  Tell your pension centre if you think you should have received a Cold Weather Payment but you have not or call the Pension Service on 0800 99 1234.

  • Know how your heating controls work.  Ask your family or friends to help, or contact your local Care and Repair Agency for free advice.  Call 029 2057 6286 to find out where your local agency is.  If you can't heat all of the rooms you use, heat the living room throughout the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed.

  • If you rely on oil to heat your home, think about setting up a buying group with local friends and neighbours to get discounts through bulk buying.

                Contact Us

              Keep Well this Winter is coordinated by Age Cymru, a new charity dedicated to improving the lives of older people. If you would like any further information or campaign resources for the Keep Well this Winter Campaign, please contact us at.

              Age Cymru
              Ty John Pathy
              13/14 Neptune Court
              Vanguard Way
              Cardiff
              CF24 5PJ

              Tel: 029 2043 1555
              Fax: 029 2047 1418

              You can also contact us or request Keep Well this Winter information by emailing kwtw@agecymru.org.uk

              Advice line:
              08000 223 444
               

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